High Speed Interceptor Boat

Introducing the 'Barracuda' by Safehaven Marine. 

As the world evolves, the traditional threats to a country's ocean borders have changed significantly. The primary threat of invasion remains in many areas but alongside it now are the supplementary threats of terrorism, piracy, EEZ incursion, hazardous waste pollution, people trafficking and narcotic based criminality.

As the world economy continues to struggle with slow economic growth there still exists the need for strong coastal defences, and the ability to enforce the law in both coastal and open ocean waters. National defence budgets show no signs of increasing at the same rate as the threats – exponentially. The question is “how can existing or even reducing budgets be used in a smarter way to combat the growing threats?”

A strong case can be put forward for the increasing augmentation of the traditional large naval vessel with multiple, highly seaworthy smaller coastal patrol vessels able to be deployed quickly along the coast either overland in the case of smaller variants, or by sea in order to respond to any perceived threat.

The simple economic costs of deploying a large naval vessel; fuel costs, manning costs and logistical support requirements are extremely expensive.  In the very great majority of cases, where a show of force is not a primary consideration, the same mission could efficiently be undertaken by a small, fast, highly seaworthy and survivable craft, able to self defend or present a level of force, at a fraction of the cost of deploying a large Naval vessel.

The world’s oceans, rivers, lakes and coastal regions continue to increase in military significance in the current geopolitical landscape. The operators of the world’s major bluewater navies are under significant financial pressure. They also have more missions. As well as the naval missions already mentioned, relief of the effects of natural disaster and humanitarian missions are becoming more common.

Safehaven Marine has extensive experience and a long history in supplying patrol boats designed to operate in the harshest environments, and is well suited to provide coastal defence solutions based around its Barracuda range of naval & law enforcement patrol craft. 

For more information or to discuss sales, please contact us

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Intruder Alarm Systems

As we approach the time of year when we traditionally see a spike in domestic burglary, it is important to ensure your intruder alarm system is as good as possible, within your own particular threat and cost boundaries. Whatever the size of your commercial or residential property, the use of a basic alarm system isn't always good enough - there have been several incidents in the last two weeks were intruders have broken into an alarmed property, and carried out a rapid and efficient burglary of the property whilst the alarm is going off. The fact that audible alarms no longer seem to bother would-be intruders is partly down to the increasing number of 'false alarms' we hear day to day which are more often than not passed off as a nuisance, and partly due to a culture within our society where passers-by or neighbours don't want to get intervene or investigate ongoing crime. There is also the potential that criminals are becoming more desperate and therefore prepared to take more risks in targeting alarmed premises. 

However, there is so much more you can do in addition to a traditional bell-box and sensor type alarm. Many modern day systems are linked to wireless networks and can contact you via these when initiated - the average time a burglar is in a residential property is 8-12 minutes, so long enough for someone to investigate or for an alarm monitoring company to despatch a call-out team. There are many additional pieces of equipment that can be linked to your intruder alarm such as smoke devices, DNA marking or CCTV cameras which together provide a far bigger deterrent. If you can demonstrate to the criminals that you have addressed your security requirements, they will more often than not go for a softer target. 

Finally, should someone break into your premises, then make it as hard as possible for them to leave easily, by not leaving door or window keys on the inside - not only does this make it easier for them to enter, it makes it easier for them to exit. This will mean they can spend less time inside the premises and spend less time carrying out stolen goods. 

Speak to us at Westacre Security for advice and procurement of alarm system packages. 

Lest We Forget

For The Fallen.

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.