For us here at Advanced Perimeter Systems there is nothing quite like a Scottish Christmas and of course Hogmanay. The snow-capped hills and frosty landscapes around our homebase of Stirling this time of year create a wonderfully atmospheric backdrop to the approaching festive season.
On the agenda of relaxation over the holiday period many of us will do two things – play a traditional family game and enjoy a wee dram of Scottish single malt whisky! Believe it or not, in both instances there is an amazing connection to our perimeter security systems.
Stirling Monopoly Game : Monument Security
This Christmas we will for the first time be able to play Stirling’s own version of the game of Monopoly. Launched just a couple of months ago, the game features Stirling’s famous landmarks including the National Wallace Monument whose wonderful floodlights which illuminate it at night are protected by one of our intrusion detection systems. In the Stirling Monopoly game the Wallace Monument is the second most valuable and prestigious property, sited on the traditional Park Lane slot. The most valuable property is historic Stirling Castle (on the Mayfair slot) which has been featured several times already in our News section.
Another landmark in the game with which we have a special connection is Stirling Albion Football Club (see last month’s Soccer History Hat-Trick story). If our Office Administrator Elaine Rogerson’s family get to play the new Stirling Monopoly game, her father Drew (a former Stirling Albion player) will be delighted to find that one of the new Chance and Community Chest cards actually takes Stirling Albion FC to Hampden Park every single season!
Whisky Distillery Security
Enjoying a drop of a good single malt Scottish whisky is one of the festive season’s pleasures for many people but its enjoyment should not to be taken for granted. Quality Scottish whisky has become a big target for theft in recent years. Here is an example – a BBC news story about a bottle of single malt worth £12,000 stolen from a Scottish distillery shop.
Our microwave intrusion detection sensors are helping at least one major whisky distillery to protect the future of their stock – but it’s not as you might imagine! Protecting a building such as a distillery can be achieved using an integrated security system with any number of configurations of technology but what about protecting the empty barrels, often stored outside? The barrels used by top whisky distilleries are aged and very special and contribute to the quality of the end product. You might not think these barrels need protection … but you would be wrong!
You see, empty whisky barrels are never truly empty and for that reason they can be attractive to intruders who try to syphon off the remnants of the single malt lying in the bottom of the barrels. Doing this to a large enough number of barrels, thieves can find themselves with a enough to resell illegally for a good amount of money. The problem for the distillery is that their prized barrels are usually left irreparably damaged in the process.
The solution we provided for this particular top distillery was to create a protection zone monitored by a series of microwave intrusion detection sensors. So the barrels can sit quietly and safely, awaiting their next invaluable use. After all, their predecessors helped to make one of the world’s top 12 most valuable bottles of single malt whisky – the oldest bottle of Bowmore still in existence, bottled in 1850! Here is the list of all 12 bottles with the story behind each one. Nollaig Chridheil!