How To Upgrade Your Home Security Systems

Julia Hammond 30/05/2018

If you’re still working with a basic lock and key system for your home then do we have big news. The advancements that have been made in affordable, high-tech security for homes are like something from a spy movie. Here’s all the updates you should be aware of to stay at the forefront of safety.

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Lights, Camera, Action

Cameras and monitoring services are becoming commonplace in suburban streets. Good lighting and quality camera lenses go hand in hand. Lighting ensures you’ll be able to see all the goings on around your home and your camera will pick up a better picture. A quality camera is the difference between a pixelated, unrecognisable face or suspicious car and positive evidence for the police. Browse MyDeal home and garden for the best outdoor lighting options or search the whole site for the latest in security tech.

Don’t make yourself a target

Most thieves are opportunistic. If they spy a chance to get something for nothing they’ll take it, whether they need it or not. Adding extra security measures will make you less of a target. Just because you have a gate to the backyard doesn’t mean someone won’t take it upon themselves to enter. Put security locks on all the entrances to your home – whether they’re for the main abode or not. But a lock is just the first deterrent. Make sure anything you don’t want stolen is kept secure. Whether it’s a safe in your home or a lockable shed in the backyard, you’ll be less of a target if you keep your valuables secure and out of sight.

How to get the whole package

We’ve moved well past the days of simple locks on the doors. Home security can encompass many levels of monitoring to ensure your whole home is covered. The experts at Hills District Alarms shared with us everything you need for comprehensive security at home:

“Home Security is more than just locks nowadays.We always recommend homeowners fit locks to all perimeter windows, doors, gates etc. as good perimeter security is the best way to start with their total home security package.

An Alarm System with sensors in the major areas in your home is the next step. Sensors in the Master Bedroom, main living areas and hallways that feed minor rooms or in rooms containing high value contents.

A Back-to-Base System is the next step to consider. If there is a trigger from your alarm your monitoring service will respond, whereas a local alarm relies on neighbours.

It is quite common for a camera system to be installed to record any activity around your home. These systems can be viewed remotely which is extremely beneficial if your Alarm System is monitored. In all cases use a fully licensed and insured security company that is a member of a Security Industry Association.”

Insurance is the second most important step

Your first priority is always having a secure home but what if things still go wrong? John Catibog is an insurance broker from Indagard who believes it’s important to have a back-up plan. While security measures reduce your risk of home invasion, there’s no guarantees.

“It’s best to remember that if intruders want to get into your home they’ll find a way – no matter the amount of security measures you have in place.

It is still advisable to consider installing the following to deter any would-be intruders:
– security doors
– deadlocks
– window locks
– motion detection flood lighting
– monitored CCTV
– burglar alarms

Also, consider installing a fireproof safe for keeping your jewellery and other valuables. These will make it difficult for burglars.

When these measures fail though, having the right insurance in place will give you the peace in knowing that you can recover sooner. It’s useful to have all the information you’ll need in a handy place, like stuck to the fridge or in a drawer. So do this now, while everything is good.

Write down the phone number for the local police, locksmith, glazier and insurer with your policy numbers. These will ensure in a stressful time of a break in you can take action quickly and have one less thing to worry about.”

As homes get smarter, so do thieves. Updating your security frequently is a must. Who knows what will come next? We predict anything from lasers to facial recognition are in the very near future.

  Insurers will rate a home with security features as a lower risk compared to a home without any security.  By adding security features to protect your home, you’re likely to get discounts off your home and contents insurance premium.