Home security is more important than ever with burglars becoming cleverer than in past years and the amounts of fire hazards that can cause devastation closer than ever. Securing your property includes the obvious protection for you and your family from physical harm and emotional stress that comes with burglaries. It also includes protecting your family and your possessions from the damage and sheer devastation that occurs through fire and smoke damage.
There are a huge range of different options and combinations that you can look at and consider for home protection, ranging from smoke alarm systems to intruder alarms, entry systems, CCTV and more (Electricians Blackheath).
It is also important to consider your options and the options that are available with each possibility. For example, if you install an alarm system, do you want it monitored and if you get a fire alarm system, where is best for the detector/ sensor?
These questions and more should be considered as well as looking at your budget, what you can afford to get done and what you should perhaps postpone and save up for as something for the future. Ultimately, the best options are those that you can afford, that will provide you, your family, your possessions and your property with the best levels of protection.
Smoke Alarm Systems
Often referred to as ‘fire alarms,’ these systems can sometime literally be the difference between life and death. Research shows that with increased levels of smoke and Carbon Monoxide in the air, people tend not to wake up. This can lead to suffocation, severe injury and even death. However, a smoke alarm is the easiest way to negate this risk. By installing any nature of smoke alarm, should a fire take hold or start to develop, the smoke and/ or Carbon Monoxide is detected and the alarm ‘raises the alarm’ to wake you up so you can escape and call the emergency services.
Particularly important for people living in urban areas and places where burglaries are an ever-present risk to consider, intruder alarms are as simple as they are effective. All intruder alarm systems will draw attention to your property (unless you opt for specifically designed ‘silent alarms’) and having a prominent alarm box on your property will ward of the vast majority of opportunists, whilst the noise the alarm makes will likely send the rest running.
The consideration with these systems is whether or not you want the alarm to be a monitored system. With monitored systems, when the alarm is activated the alarm company send a message to the local police who respond to the call as a potential burglary, providing your home with a little extra security; the police able to arrive within minutes to any potential intruders. However, these systems can cost more than £30 per month to keep monitored, so you should consider your budget.
To an extent, these come with intruder alarms. Alarms will be activated (when set) by movement that is picked up by one or more of the sensors. However, there are also motion sensors that you can use in a more ‘bespoke’ manner. For example, if you have a large patio or a particularly large garden, you can fit motion sensors close to your property to pick up any significant movements before anyone has even got to the property itself.
Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)
Used by a plethora of businesses and increasing numbers of residential properties, CCTV cameras’ presence act as a deterrent to the vast majority of opportunists who will be caught on camera before they have even tried to gain access to the property in question. CCTV makes police investigations much easier and is routinely used to catch suspects and criminals. You may look at getting concealed CCTV. A major benefit of concealed CCTV is that the cameras will not be an unsightly presence around your property, but will serve their purpose.
A disadvantage of concealed CCTV is that the potential intruders will not know there are cameras; a deterrent in itself. However, whether you choose overt or covert systems, make sure you get good cameras with good picture quality and consider ‘night-capable’ camera systems so you aren’t caught out by the dark in the nights and in the winter months.
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