Home Security Sytems – What are they and why are they so important?
Home security systems are electronic devices and services that are designed to protect your home and family from intruders and other potential threats. They typically include a combination of sensors, alarms, and monitoring services that work together to detect and respond to suspicious activity.
Home security systems are important because they provide a layer of protection against theft, vandalism, and other potential dangers. It can even help deter intruders altogether, which means you can have peace of mind knowing that your home and loved ones are safe and sound.
You know what they say, better safe than sorry!
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Here are some security systems that we offer to ensure you have a secure home!
Intruder alarms, also known as burglar alarms or security alarms, are electronic devices designed to detect and signal unauthorised entry into a building or property. When the sensors detect movement or other signs of intrusion, they send a signal to the control panel, triggering the alarm. This can help deter burglars or other intruders, and promptly alert your community or relevant authorities in the event of an unauthorised attempt to access your property.
There are different types of Intruder alarms which are solutions to keep your home safe. These include Monitored Security, Cloud-Based and Integrated Systems. Each one of these systems makes a very loud noise, so they quickly deter any potential threats!
CCTV – Safe Home Security
CCTV systems can be installed to monitor the perimeter of your property and any other specified areas giving you peace of mind that your home is protected at all times. It is a video surveillance system that uses cameras to transmit video and sometimes audio signals to a monitor or recording device.
At Class A, our engineers specialise in high-quality domestic CCTV packages that will secure your property, act as a theft deterrent and provide evidential opportunities should criminal activity occur.
Did you know CCTV stands for Closed Circuit Television? You learn something new every day!
There a different options for home CCTV, such as upgrading existing CCTV which provides better resolution recordings and an easy-use interface. IP CCTV Systems which are an affordable option, enabling you to monitor and record persons or vehicles entering or moving around your property by placing one or multiple cameras around your home.
Door & Gate entry systems
Door entry systems and home gate security are increasingly popular methods for enhancing home security. These systems allow homeowners to control access to their property and restrict entry to authorized individuals only. Door entry systems typically involve an intercom or video system installed at the entry point, which allows the homeowner to communicate with visitors and verify their identity before granting access. Door entry systems provide an effective way to monitor and control access to your home, making it a valuable investment for enhancing home security.
Wired Entry Systems allow two-way audio, video and an image of your visitor! This option offers simple telephone handsets/monitors which can be installed in various locations around your home for convenience.
GSM Entry Systems provide an excellent alternative when installing cables is impractical. These systems operate by inserting either a prepaid or contracted SIM card into the entrance panel of your preference. Upon pressing the call button, the SIM card will initiate calls to predetermined phone numbers. You can then communicate with the individual at your gate by answering the call on your mobile or home phone. Once you have verified their identity, you can easily open the gate by pressing a button on your phone!
10 top tips for home security
To finish this blog we thought we’d give you a round-up of our 10 top tips for home security. Professional home security is great but if you’re looking for simple tips and tricks here are some good steps to follow!
- Windows and doors – Make sure your windows and doors are locked when you leave the house, it may seem obvious but you can easily forget especially if you’re in a rush!
- Light timers for home security are one of the most effective and affordable ways to protect your home. When the sensor detects movement, the lights turn on deterring people away.
- Garage/shed accessibility
- Don’t leave things lying around your house! If you’ve recently been doing some DIY projects it might be the case that you’ve been using ladders but don’t leave them out as this can be an easy way in for an intruder.
- Keeping keys in obvious places – You might think your spare key is safe under the doormat or plant pot, but burglars know all the common hiding places. Never leave your keys inside your door, as burglars can use the ‘fishing’ technique to reach them through the letterbox and let themselves into your home. Some insurers won’t pay out on a claim if there’s no sign of forced entry — so it’s even more important to keep your keys out of the hands of burglars.
- If you have a dog you’re already one step ahead of the game. Dogs act as a great deterrent against intruders and put burglars off when they’re surveying homes.
- Plant some shrubs around the borders of your garden! Thorny shrubs or hedges can be off-putting to intruders so consider planting them on, or around, your home’s perimeter to keep people off your property.
- Don’t make it obvious when you’re away – Cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries, so they don’t pile up outside your door. Also, consider letting a trusted friend, or have a neighbour check in on your home and collect any post that accumulates. It’s best to avoid advertising your absence on social media, especially if your posts are public.
- Hide your valuables – Make sure you store valuables, such as jewellery, tablets and other gadgets out of sight as they can attract opportunistic thieves — and burglars aren’t known for resisting temptation!
- Finally, check for obvious flaws! Having a quick survey of your home allows you to spot any weaknesses of your home security or ways intruders can access your home.
If we’ve convinced you that you need home security, get in touch! We’d be happy for our experts to give you advice on the best type of home security system for you.