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Home Security Guide
The basis for the most effective home security plan is to make your home as difficult for a burglar to enter and in the event of entry, as difficult to navigate around and find valuables as possible.
The majority of burglaries are carried out by opportunist thieves who often don’t have to use too much force to gain entry. They will find weak points in the current home security measures – an easily opend door or window, an unlocked tool shed or garage.
Take a look at your home from the point oif view of an intruder. Do you see places where an intruder might be able to break in? Are the locks on the doors and windows strong enough? Should you fit a wireless burglar alarm? These and other issues are what you should be concerning yourself with. With this guide we hope to offer a basis for you to go about assessing your home and making improvements in your home security system whether it involves simply replacing locks or installing wireless burglar alarms.
Door Alarms, Wedge Alarms, Door Chains and Restraints and Viewers
There are a number of door security devices available to you to provide a safe and deterring solution to one of the most common entry points for an intruder.
The range of door security products range from classic door chains and restraints to limit the movement of a door, to complex electronic devices such as keypad and wedge door alarms.
Door chains and restraints are simple mechanical precautions that have been proven time and time again to provide security for homes by preventing the door from being opened more than a few inches, unless the person in the house releases the restraint. These door security devices allow face to face conversation but will not allow a visitor access.
Door viewers are a door security measure that are fitted to a door and allow the occupant to observe a visitor without their knowledge. This is especially useful for people of a nervous disposition who may be wary of callers.
Other door security products include door wedge alarms that sound an alert when they are depressed from the action of a door opening, voice memo units that can advise someone (perhaps of an infirm nature) via a pre-recorded message which tells them what to do when someone is at the door, and wireless keypad door alarms that signal an alarm when the door is opened.
Windows are the second most common way for a thief to break into your home, so ensuring that you have adequate window security is essential to securing your home, family and belongings. There are a range of window security devices available to you that work in different ways but all offer effective window security solutions
The simplest form of window security is the window lock. These handy little devices fit neatly and discreetly onto your window to prevent it from being opened until unlocked by the accompanying key.
Another form of window security is the window alarm. Window alarms can range from very simple devices that detect when the window is being opened to window alarms that are triggered by vibrations when the window is tapped or broken. Both devices are easy to install by attaching them to the window frame.
While these window security devices may not seem as advanced in their operation as some of the home security devices available from Crime Prevention Products, they all offer a deterring and preventing factor in the event of an intruder trying to enter your home through a window.
Good lighting can be an excellent deterrent to a thief. Use of infrared sensors on outside lights can be highly offputting to a potential intruder when the sensor switches the light on for a few moments after detecting something in its range.
Tips for when you’re out of the house
As most burglaries occur when a property is empty, apart from fitting Wireless Burglar Alarms (see below) it will help if you ensure than your house appears to be occupied even when you’re not there. The use of timer switches to turn on lights and appliances when you’re out can make an intruder think someone is in.
Keep your valuables out of sight from passers who may look through windows and from intruders in the house. Put them in safe places, even the use of safe cans or safe books can be enough to ensure that an intruder doesn’t find small valuable items such as car keys or cash and passports etc.
Don’t verbally advertise your impending absence from the house such as talking about your holiday plans in shops or in a busy office. A potential intruder may overhear such conversations.
Get a friend or trusted neighbour to look after your house if you do go away. Ask them to collect post, draw your curtains and other small tasks just so it appears that the house is occupied. Maybe do the same for them in return to deter burglars from the area.
Wireless Burglar Alarms
Whilst wireless burglar alarms will protect your home by alerting attention of those around that an intruder may have gained access, just the sight of a wireless burglar alarm external siren is usually enough to make burglars think twice.
There are a wide range of Wireless Burglar Alarms available on the market. The Crime Prevention Products range offers what we consider to be the best available and may be found in our Burglar Alarms section. More sophisticated hard wired burglar alarms costing hundreds of pounds will need the skills of a security expert for effective installation. Wireless Burglar Alarms are popular because they are generally more economical and quite easy to install. They work through radio signals allowing sensors and alarms and external sirens to communicate with each other and be fitted anywhere in the house without damaging you decor!
Do bear in mind that a badly-fitted alarm can create problems in itself. If you are worried about the idea of installing a DIY system, get a competent person to do it for you.