Visible burglar alarms make burglars think twice. There are many burglar alarm systems on the market, ranging from cheaper DIY alarms to more sophisticated alarms; including wireless alarms; costing hundreds of pounds. The system should be professionally installed to comply with PD6662:2010/BS8243:2010 standards.
Remember, a badly-fitted alarm can create problems in itself. Don’t install a DIY system unless you have the electrical knowledge and practical skill to do so. As a guide, make sure your security system is installed by a NSI/NACOSS approved company.
Secure All Doors. If doors are not secure, neither is your home. Fit back and front doors with five lever mortice deadlocks – and use it. Fit all exterior doors – top and bottom – with bolts.
A third of burglars get in through a back window. Fit key-operated window locks to all downstairs windows, those which can’t be seen from the street and easily accessible upstairs window, e.g. those above a flat roof or by a drainpipe.
Good lighting can deter a thief. Think of having external security light with infra-red sensor that switches the light on for a few moments when it detects movement in its range.
Home & Away
Don’t tempt the thief – keep all valuable items out of sight. Don’t advertise your absence when you’re on holiday, or even when out at work or shopping or at home sleeping. Most burglars will only tackle an unoccupied house.
Protect your safety & the safety of your family. With all security, consideration must be given to the risk of fire and means of escape. Fit smoke detector and even carbon monoxide detector which detects gas leakages.
For personal safety and peace of mind; consider a stand alone panic attack alarm or an intruder alarm with panic attack facility. It is useful to summon help or police response when you are attacked or feel threatened by an intruder or a stranger in your home.
Insurance will relieve you of the financial worry of replacing stolen goods and many insurance companies offer reduced premiums for people with good home security.
ensure your doors and windows have good quality locks and are not left open, even when you are at home.
CCTV security cameras
Note that some CCTV cameras are ineffective in the dark, and as such you should consider day/night cameras which allow your CCTV system to be effective in the lowest of light conditions. Day/Night security cameras automatically change from colour during the day mode to clear black and white during night mode.
Good security systems don’t come cheap in the short term, invest in quality security systems which will deliver good service for many years and are likely to be cheaper in the long run.
Improve your exterior lighting without blinding the neighbours. Ensure that exterior light (500W and above) are installed at high level to look downwards and give a larger area of coverage rather than pointing directly at persons.
Dummy security don’t provide protection. Do not fool yourself thinking dummy CCTV camera and dummy alarm box can protect your property as the actual security systems. The weakness of such mentality is there to be exposed when the burglar calls!
Neighbourhood watch – Be a good neighbour and enjoy the benefits of good neighbourhood. If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood, call the police. Join a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme – there are now over 130,000 in this country. Anyone can start up a Watch – call your local police for details.