It’s not exaggeration to say that securing your home as best is possible is essential. There will always be opportunist thieves who will target homes, and especially those homes that are the most vulnerable. By vulnerable, we mean the ones that are easiest to get into.
The average burglar will want to be into the house, get what they want and leave as quickly as possible. If your house is protected by, say, just an alarm and your neighbours have cameras, yours is the easiest target! That’s why the trick in home security is to make yours the one with the most visible deterrents.
Modern home security systems have moved on a long way with the advent of digital technology. An alarm is still an essential part of the package, but on its own it will not do a lot of good.
Why is this? A standard house alarm will activate only when a burglar has broken into the home. If you’re not at home, that’s usually too late. Unless your home has been targeted for a specific item – one that is known to be there – the thief will take what they can get their hands on quickly and make their exit.
What you need to do is ensure that your home is clearly and visibly well-protected. A modern security system will have an alarm that activates by motion sensors, as well as lights that also activate this way, and – for the very best level of security – will also link to your smartphone and a control centre of a security company. What are the benefits of this type of security system? Let’s have a look.
Benefits of Monitored Security Systems
Before we move on to talk about the benefits of the modern and sophisticated security systems, here’s some very useful home security advice that covers basic things you can do in and around the home.
If you really want to ensure you are as safe as possible – and remember, there is no security system that is a 100% guarantee against intruders – then it’s certainly worth investing in a safe in which to put your valuable items. Jewellery, watches, and other such small valuables are usually first on an opportunist thief’s list, as they are easy to move and sell.
So, why do we recommend a monitored system? They work as follows. The alarm system in your home will consist of a series of cameras monitoring all possible entrance points or vulnerable areas, and linked to the house itself including doors and windows. There will be a direct link to the control room of a security services provider. When your alarm is triggered – by the motion sensors in your garden – a signal will be sent to your smartphone and to the control centre.
They will be able to see via the cameras what is happening and determine whether it is someone delivering a parcel or a friend calling around for example, and so will you. In some cases you also have the ability to send an audio message via your phone, or the control centre can inform the intruder they are on camera while despatching a security guard or calling the police.
Clearly, this sort of system – and you can find more about them in this home safety guide – is more effective than a simple and basic alarm system. Are they expensive? If you shop around local security service providers and also the major national companies offering such services you will find there are plenty of plans catering for all budgets and households, so have a look now and make sure your home is as safe as possible.