Why Is Home Security Important?
* Over 650,000 homes are broken into each year in the UK
* The average burglary takes 10 minutes, which is 2 minutes quicker than the average UK Police response time
* Only 10% of UK burglaries result in a conviction by the Police
What Is A Security System?
A home security system is a network of integrated electronic devices working together with a central control panel to protect against burglars and other potential home intruders.
A typical home security system includes:
A control panel, which is the primary controller of a home’s security system, that turns the security system on and off.
Door And Window Sensors comprise of two parts installed adjacent to each other. One part of the device is attached to the door or window and the other to the door frame or window sill. When a door or window is closed, the two parts of the sensor are joined together, creating a security circuit; should a monitored door or window suddenly be opened, the security circuit is broken and a high-decibel alarm sounds.
Motion Sensors, when activated, protect a given space by creating an invisible zone that cannot be breached without sounding an alarm which alerts the people inside the house that a problem occurred. The alarm is usually loud enough to send a burglar running, while also notifying nearby neighbours to the situation.
Security Cameras can be used to monitor entry points, both exterior and interior, like garage doors and front doors. They can be accessed remotely on computers, smartphones, and tablets. They can also be used to record any security breaches, which could result in having footage of a home invasion, including a good look at the burglars and the vehicle they drove.
Types of alarm systems?
Wired Alarm System
A wired alarm system is a traditional option that has been popular for many years. This type of system includes a control panel, as well as wired sensors and motion detectors. The cameras included with this system are wired as well. When someone or something trips the system, the alarm sounds.
There are two types of Wired Alarm Systems:
A monitored system alarm is one of the most commonly used alarm systems and has many pros and cons. This system will alert a call centre if the alarm gets triggered and this call centre will contact the police. One downside to this type of alarm is that it goes through your outdoor phone line and a burglar can locate those lines to cut them before breaking in if they know to do so.
Another type of security system is an unmonitored system. This system sets off a loud siren inside and outside the house when the alarm is tripped. This system relies on your neighbours nearby to call the police if you are not in. A significant advantage to this system is you will not have to pay monitoring fees, making it much more affordable. Most of the time loud sirens will be enough to drive burglars away.
The one major disadvantage is that you will be relying on your neighbours to hear the alarm and call the police.
Wireless Alarm System
The wireless alarm system works very similarly to the wired system. The most important difference is the absence of the wires. You can purchase a wireless alarm system at your local hardware store and they are fairly easy to install. There are also no monitoring fees with a wireless alarm and you can choose any settings you like. For example, you can choose to use sensors, cameras, beams, and/or motion detectors.
Some of the disadvantages are the limit to the distance you can have between sensors and cameras and that batteries will have to be replaced often.
Smart Home Security System
A smart home security system is effectively a wireless system that combines a burglar alarm (with motion sensors) and a wireless camera, both with the ability to connect to your smartphone or another networked device. This means that you can watch footage from your connected wireless security cameras and be alerted if a motion sensor detects an intruder, even when you are miles away.
What If I Am Not Ready To Instal a Security System?
There is a range of ways to make your home safer if you are not quite ready to install a burglar alarm system just yet. You can follow these simple steps to reduce your risk of being one of the 650,000+ homes broken into each year in the UK.
* DON'T leave your valuables on display for the world to see. Most burglaries are opportunist thefts, unplanned.
* DON'T post your holiday snaps on social media like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter until you get home. Sharing your travel habits risks letting potential intruders know you're not back.
* DON'T leave a spare key hidden outside of your home. Just because you think it's hidden doesn't mean an experienced thief won't find it. We'd recommend leaving a spare key with a trusted local friend or neighbour.
* Lock your windows and doors when you leave the house, even if you're popping out for just a couple of minutes. 30% of home intruders gain access to the property through an unlocked door or window.
* Attach door chain to your entrance door and use it whenever you are in, especially at night. In addition to this, you can attach a battery operated door sensor. This works in a similar way to a regular door sensor, however; you have to activate it by pressing a button on the side, so it can only be used when you are inside.
* Dispose of your packaging carefully when you make big electronics purchases. Empty television and game console boxes next to your bin act like a giant neon sign for would-be thieves.
* Install security lighting outside of your home. Motion sensor security lighting outside of your home can reduce your risk of burglary in the long winter nights by scaring off potential intruders before they get to the exterior of your home.