Throughout National Home Security Month, Yale has referred to our homes as castles or sanctuaries, which got us considering the many ways that home security has changed over the years.
While traditional security measures back in medieval times were there to protect royalty and their very valuable treasure, our families and own valuable possessions are just as important to us and therefore require a similar level of security, if slightly updated for 2018 living.
Much like the medieval Kings and Queens, many of us own or are responsible for more than one property, whether it be an office, commercial building or holiday home and a lot of the time, these buildings are left lying empty. Even when royal families resided at one home/castle, their ‘summer homes’, for example, required ongoing security, and your property should be no different.
Lower the drawbridge
Traditionally, drawbridges were in place to stop your enemies from gaining entry and seizing your castle. The drawbridge would be lowered once a guard authorised it, allowing visitors to enter. Nowadays there are a few ways to implement a very similar system.
Door entry systems can be installed with a CCTV component, ideal for shared accommodation or office buildings. Alternatively, a communal door system with a keypad and dedicated entry code will allow you to restrict entry to authorised personnel only.
For vacant properties or buildings under construction, steel doors, either keyed or keyless, will also allow entry for authorised personnel while deterring intruders.
Build a moat
What’s a drawbridge without a moat? Traditional moats around castles provided a further measure for securing the castle. Now, we’re not suggesting you install a moat, complete with crocodiles, but we do suggest for vacant properties in particular, that youconsider securing the perimeter of your building.
Barricades and fencing provide the initial obstacle for intruders and if they look sturdy enough, they may even deter them before they even attempt to break in. Not only are our fencing options long-term, robust solutions, but they also incorporate anti-theft/tamper features.
Summon the guards
Perhaps the most common and certainly most traditional/medieval security measure for castles were the guards and while technology has brought many innovative ways to remotely secure and monitor your property, the role of a guard is not completely redundant.
Whether it’s ongoing support or a last-minute requirement, SPS offers guarding solutions
for a variety of properties, providing that extra layer of security for your property.
Our team also offer inspections to vacant properties, which we suggest you do regularly, not only for your own piece of mind but also for insurance reasons.
- Thorough property inspections – including the perimeter, buildings (inside and out), door and window security, and all fixtures, fittings, and equipment.
- Detailed reporting – you receive detailed weekly reports confirming everything that has been checked, and we report all signs of intrusion, vandalism, and theft, as well as damage and infestation.
- Flexible checking intervals – whether you want inspections hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly, we can deliver the protection you need.
- A tailored service–whether you need manhole covers checked, stock checked, or even the toilets, we can do it for you. Just tell us what you need.
To make sure you remain insurance compliant, SPS makes sure it gets done properly, and delivers all the assurance you need.
Next week, while NHSM is discussing smart security, we’ll be talking a bit about the team that support the technology, discussing the role of our ARC, our call-handling services and more information about our guarding solutions.