Best ways to protect your home
Home security is becoming big business. More and more people are opting to install systems that give warning of intruders. We list some of the different devices on the market and how they work to protect you.
· Security lighting
· Security cameras
· Intercom and door entry
· Fire alarms
· Sensor/trigger alarms
· Integrated security systems
Installing lighting outside your home will not only make burglars more visible but it can also act as a deterrent.
They work by detecting infrared waves/microwaves that radiate from moving objects. These devices sit on the perimeter of your property and turn on if movement is detected.
Security lighting is becoming more and more intelligent, often coming with adjustable time and daylight settings.
Security cameras have gained more popularity over the last decade. It’s now common to see devices on both homes and businesses across the UK. They not only help deter crime, but also provide useful evidence for the police.
Security cameras come in varying specifications. You can choose from discreet cameras linked to apps or large scale CCTV systems. Finding the right system for you will depend on your requirements and the size of your property.
When you buy there are lots of different elements to consider such as position, power source and web connectivity. Seek a professional’s advice before purchasing and installing.
Intercom and door entry
These systems allow the occupant to track and trigger entry to a building using an electric lock. Often seen on flats and apartments and business premises, they add an extra layer of protection to homeowners. They can also bring reassurance to those who are elderly or disabled.
A different type of security but as important. Fire alarms are an integral part of keeping homeowners safe. It is essential that you not only fit an alarm, but that you also regularly check and maintain them.
Smoke is detected by a mechanism within the alarm and this triggers a sound. If you only have one safety device in your home this should be it.
Carbon Monoxide alarms
Carbon monoxide is odourless and colours and can be fatal if inhaled. It is caused by fuel such as gas and wood not burning properly and can come from a range of faulty household appliances such as boilers and log burners.
Like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms detect the harmful substance and trigger an alarm, warning the occupants.
Sensor/Intruder alarms Considered the best deterrent for burglaries is the security alarm. Statistics show that you are less likely to be broken in to if you have one fitted – making it a worthwhile investment.
They work by using sensors and contacts to detect if someone is entering your property. Choosing the right one will depend on budget and personal preference.
Some devices are linked to a monitoring company or the police. Others link to apps and some rely on the noise alone to alert you or your neighbours.
There are a lot of models on the market so doing your research and seeking professional advice is beneficial.
Integrated security systems
Integrate systems combine multiple accessories in one device and offer reinforced protection for your home.
Again, there are many different makes and models available to consumers. SMART technology has made way for huge growth in this area. You can now get discreet’all-in-one devices’ that don’t need the arduous setup that was previously needed. But, fitting it right is important. Speaking to someone who is familiar with these systems is always beneficial.
Regardless of which system you use, protecting your house against theft and vandalism is a good investment. Choosing the right systems is step one, but next is getting an expert opinion on where and how to install it. Trying to do this yourself could result in the systems being set up wrong or even damaged in the process.
Steve Rudkin Electrical Contractors can offer guidance on which option is best for your home. Whatever your requirements, we will help provide a service that makes you feel safe and secure.