Home Security: How To Make Your Home More Secure

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It’s probably the most important building of your life, so ensuring your home is fully secure should be a top priority. Yet everyone’s situation is different, some homes require advanced security whereas others seek common sense and minor tweaks to provide extra peace of mind.

For instance, detached properties or those situated in rural areas may be more inclined to install CCTV compared to those living in terrace houses. The same goes for areas with a high crime rate and a bad reputation for break-ins, these locations will almost always be subject to more surveillance and home security efforts than those located in an area with a lower crime rate.

Another factor could be the vulnerability of those inside; elderly or disabled homeowners often see bolstering their home security as a necessity. Building access, door security and alarm call systems are popular choices for those who are unable to manoeuvre around as swiftly as they use to, and unfortunately burglars will sometimes target the seemingly indefensible.

It really is dependent on the person and their environment, so the correct home security systems for you, maybe entirely different for the next person. To find out what might suit your needs, have a read of our product breakdown and there might be a security solution readily available for you and your home.

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Domestic Surveillance: CCTV

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Although we live in a time where ‘big brother’ dominates our city streets, domestic surveillance offers a less invasive service, catering for the inhabitants inside rather than employed surveillance teams that work behind a desk of screens. Domestic CCTV is solely intended for the people living inside the property, common reasons for this can range from deterring would-be thieves from breaking and entering, monitoring hard to access sites and providing a practical solution to those under threat.

According to insurance experts installing home surveillance systems can reduce your insurance premiums. And although CCTV has no direct effect on violent crime, it does retract vehicle theft and domestic break-ins; the two most prominent criminal activities to occur within residential areas.

CCTV systems usually work in two ways; either transmitting and recording at the same time to allow the monitoring of live events or alternatively recording footage ready to view at a later stage. Along with the actual camera you’ll need a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) with a hard drive, these special hard drives are built to process and store the massive amount of data recorded. A CCTV monitor or display screen will also be an important component for viewing your recordings. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll experience a criminal offence there and then so the inclusion of a video playback operation is often essential for tracing movements and assembling all the facts.

Sometimes homeowners simply request a deterrent rather than a fully working CCTV system. This kind of red herring may not be able to record anything but dummy cameras are proven to put off potential thieves contemplating a break-in. Dummy CCTV cameras consist of all the same features as real surveillance cameras, from the build, lens and feel. Placing a dummy camera high up on wall has real potential to fool the fool.

Although intelligent surveillance cameras can come at quite a price, general domestic CCTV is surprisingly affordable and far less expensive than people imagine. Technological advancements has seen manufacturers drop their prices, putting basic home surveillance in the reach of most homeowners.

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Building Access Control: Door Entry Systems

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Securing who enters and exits the building can also be a vital factor for home security. Again just like CCTV, you should calculate your need for this particular type of building security. Places that generally benefit from building access control include residential flats, remote homes, businesses and properties owned by the disabled or elderly.

Door entry systems span from electromagnetic locks, door keypads, alarm control panels and units which use proximity readers such as key fobs and swipe cards for entrance. Having building access systems in place enables those in charge to authorise who is allowed to come and go. Unique passwords or tailored entry accessories can be delegated to those accredited entrance.

Building access control is sometimes a formality. Care and residential homes, secure properties and buildings with known valuables are all advised to be expertly prepared with door entry systems. This is not only for the safety of those inside but it also helps to secure goods or information that shouldn’t be accessed by anyone without ownership or authority to obtain.

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Security Lights: PIR Motion Sensors

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Having security lights set up in the garden has proven to be a useful deterrent for prying eyes. The best thing about motion sensor lighting is that it requires little to no maintenance efforts once it’s installed. Also known as PIRs (Passive Infra-Red) these systems stand alone in making thieves think twice about breaking in.

PIR lighting operates by detecting movement within the range of a sensor, if anything inside the sensors domain is detected then the integrated light will automatically switch on; subsequently startling the intruder and making them retreat as well as making occupiers of the home aware to potential danger.

Some models include a light on-board the sensor unit, meaning the entire package comes complete with a light and a sensor whereas other systems use an independent sensor to interact with a lighting system in an entirely different location. Further upgrades are also available such as adjustable sensors which can be repositioned vertically or horizontally, as well as models specifically designed for corner mounting and hard to access areas. Using motion lights in and around the home is possibly one of easiest security measures to achieve.

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burglary statsBurglary Risk Breakdown

Average risk: 

2.5% (1.5% with entry and 1% attempts)

Persons aged between 16 and 24 years: 

7.2%

Single adult with children: 

6.8%

Full time students: 

6.7%

Unemployed people: 

4.5%

Employed people: 

2.5%

People older than 74 years: 

0.9% (The older you get the lower the risk)


 

According to official statistics the average risk of being burgled is 2.5% (1.5% with entry and 1% attempt). You could come to the conclusion that you really aren’t at risk – but the phrase ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ is still alive because what’s to say you won’t fall into that 2.5%?

So if you are searching for quality security products or you now feel the need to increase your home vigilance, then why not do it with Direct Trade Supplies. We host well established names with tried and tested products, built to perform and made to secure your nest. 

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