Written by Sophie Mills
Let’s set the scene. You have been alerted by your neighbour of another burglary reported in your area which then leaves you feeling anxious and unable to sleep at night because you are worried that your home will be the next target.
It is important that we try to put security measures in place to ensure that you, your family and property are protected from the risk of burglary and that you have total peace of mind when you go to bed at night knowing that your home is safe and secure.
So how can we stop your home from being the next target? We are here to highlight the best burglar deterrents that can help to prevent an opportunist from entering your home…
A security alarm
This is the first port of call when it comes to home security. A visible alarm system is a proven deterrent as it informs potential intruders that your property is protected. An alarm siren can sound out if the alarm system is triggered alerting occupants and neighbours and ultimately causing the intruder to bolt. For extra peace of mind, there is the option to have your alarm monitored with police response which means that the police will be notified in the event of a confirmed intruder.
A smart doorbell
Video doorbells are an affordable and convenient way to protect your property from criminals. Video doorbell cameras, such as Ring or Eufy, allow you to see who is at your door and talk to them over a speaker via your smart phone even if you’re miles from home. It will send a notification through to your phone anytime anyone presses your doorbell or if motion is detected near your property.
The doorbell will alert you to any suspicious activity such as someone trying to break in to your property or attempting to steal your car. You can then send a warning to them via the two-way talk feature. Some doorbells come with an alert siren that can be activated automatically or manually to deter intruders away.
Video doorbells can also be helpful in collating evidence for the police as their live video feed can help to identify suspects.
Home security cameras are effective crime deterrents. Evidence suggests that they tend to reduce crime and deter burglars from targeting a property. This is due to the fact that they can be used for evidence gathering and to identify criminals. We recommend positioning the cameras at key points around your home to ensure there are no blind spots and to make sure they are highly visible. If criminals spot a security camera they will generally avoid the property and choose a different target.
CCTV can be linked up to an app where you can keep an eye on your home 24/7, from anywhere and at any time. Data is recorded allowing you to look back on and save recordings if need be. The app will also send you notifications and alert you of any detected movement.
For even greater protection, 24/7 monitoring can be set up so that in the event of an activation, a monitoring centre will be notified. A remote operator will then view the live video feed and if criminal activity is detected, an audible voice warning can be issued. Should the intruder ignore the warning, the Police will then be called.
Motion-activated security lighting
With most break-ins taking place during night time, usually between midnight to 6am according to NimbleFins (2020), it is important to light up our homes at night so potential intruders have no place to hide. Criminals don’t want to be seen so they will usually bypass well-lit homes.
Motion-activated security lights are a simple yet effective solution for any household. At night time, the motion detector will light up if movement is picked up ultimately causing the intruder to move on. If it isn’t possible to light up the perimeter of your home focus on doors and other points of entry instead.
A security gate
By installing security gates, it helps to stop an intruder from getting close to the entrance of your home. Not only will they add value to your property but they will enhance its security as they serve as a psychological and practical barrier in helping to deter burglars from targeting your home. Opting for an automated system puts you in full control of who enters and exits your premises. For extra security, you can also install a video intercom system where the visitor has to request entry and show their face.
Signs and window stickers
Window stickers and signs stating that your home is protected and monitored by a security company or Neighbourhood watch signs let thieves know that you are taking precautions to keep your home secure. This creates a sense of security and can help to reduce criminal activity. By placing signs and stickers near accessible entry points will deter intruders from attempting to break in. They will typically think that it is more hassle than it is worth so they tend to move on.
If you are wanting to secure your property, you have come to the right place. Here at Automatic Alarms, we have an expert sales team that can discuss your security needs and offer you the best protection for you. Get in touch with us today on 01204 393 883 or Freephone 0800 328 0462 to arrange a consultation with a member of our team.