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National Home Security Month

Week 1 – Typical misconceptions about home security

 

It’s the first week of National Home Security Month and today we’re discussing the typical misconceptions many of us often have when it comes to securing our homes.

An alarm is enough

Many believe that a standard home alarm is enough to secure your home, but in reality, this is a measure that, while effective, only does its job when the break-in and therefore damage has already occurred.

 

You need preventative measures:  

  • CCTV
  • Fencing/Barricades – especially if the property is vacant
  • Video Verification Alarms – useful for homes in the process of being built

 

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A standard lock will secure my home

Standard locks secure your home to an extent. Enough to cause stress when you’ve locked yourself out, but not enough to deter or stop intruders.

You’ve got to consider that the average experienced intruder has seen your type of lock before and knows a way around it.

You may consider:

  • CCTV
  • A sophisticated alarm system
  • Updating and replacing old locks

 

Shared accommodation has it a bit easier, being able to install communal entrance systems with fobs and keypads, but for homes that stand alone, you want to consider these deterrents.

 

Break-ins only happen at night or when we’re not home

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Break-ins happen:

  • Year-round
  • Not always when we would expect them to
  • Intruders are smart and it’s easy for them figure out when you’re home and when you’re not – day or night

 

Nowadays, many break-ins happen during the day and at times, when someone is home – consider CCTV and Alarms as preventative measures.

 

It won’t happen to me

Unfortunately, many people only install security measures after they or a neighbour have been broken into, with the common assumption that it won’t happen to their home.

According to National Home Security Month “28% of UK adults take no security precautions at home” – but they really should. Now is the time to consider what measures you may need to keep your home secure.

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