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With the development of cheap home computing many companies have produced a diverse range of security products either connecting into existing home computer packages or incorporating a bespoke central unit. These are able to connect into a wide variety of device from door alarms to active-sensor activated CCTV systems.

While none of these devices is new, never before have they been available for the average home or small business. The pace of technological development means that state-of-the-art systems can now be available to anyone. Gone are the days of fuzzy, dim CCTV images, banks of video recorders capturing security footage and accompanying store room of cassettes or unreliable alarm systems going off at false alarms all night long.

Now your entire security system can be reliably left in the hands of computers. Self activating security cameras only record when they detect movement. Active sensors can trigger alarms or cameras and are more accurate and trustworthy than passive systems. Colour cameras with pan/tilt capabilities allow you keep wider areas of your perimeter under surveillance. 24 hours worth of clear footage from CCTV's camera can be stored on a hard disk and then selectively archived to disk. Meaning months worth of CCTV archive footage on a single shelf. IR lamps and floodlights allow the camera to record in total darkness.

Central systems allow your security devices to connect your to computer or television. Knock at the door? See who it is from your armchair with a click of your remote. Intruder or fire alarm activates while you're out? Have a message sent directly to your mobile phone and the police / fire brigade notified immediately and automatically.

 
 

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Devon Security Systems Specialists give some helpful advice on how to keep your home safe.



Alarm systems are a worthwhile investment in the protection of your home and family. Studies reveal that it is far less likely that you will become the victim of a burglary at home if you have a correctly fitted and well maintained burglar alarm.

However, they should be regarded only as one element within a complete security package.

 






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"Studies reveal that it is far less likely that you will become the victim of a burglary at home if you have a correctly fitted and well maintained burglar alarm."

 

Make your home more secure  MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR THE BURGLAR

Most burglaries in Devon are committed by opportunist thieves. In two out of ten burglaries they don’t even have to use force – they get in through an open door or window.

Look at your home through the burglar’s eyes – are there places where they could break in unseen? Have you fitted strong locks on your doors and windows? Would they have to make a lot of noise by breaking glass?

Reduce the risk of burglary happening to you in your local Devon area by making sure you’ve taken these simple precautions.

For a relatively small outlay you could make your home more secure and buy peace of mind into the bargain.

A third of burglars get in through a back window.

  • Easily visible locks may deter some thieves, because a window lock forces the thief to break the glass and risk attracting attention. DIY shops sell inexpensive key-operated locks to fit all kinds of window.
  • Fit key-operated window locks to all downstairs windows, those which can’t be seen from the street and easily accessible upstairs window, eg. Those above a flat roof or by a drainpipe.
  • Even small windows such as skylights or bathroom fanlights need locks – a thief can get through any gap larger than a human head.
     
 Remember to remove keys from locked windows and to keep them out of sight in a safe place.     

SECURE ALL DOORS
If your front and back doors are not secure, neither is your home. Click here to view Window and Door Specialists in the local Devon area.

  • Make sure the doors and frames are strong and in good condition. Doors should be made of solid core construction – 44mm thick.

  • Glass panels on or around the door are especially vulnerable, so replace them with laminated glass.

  • Fit back and front doors with a five-lever mortice deadlock – and use it.

  • Fit all exterior doors – top and bottom – with bolts. Remember to fit all security devices with strong screws or bolts.

  • Get specialist advice on fitting locks to patio doors.

  • Fit both french doors, top and bottom, with a security mortice lock and mortice bolt.

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LIGHTING
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Some exterior lights have an infra-red sensor that switches the light on for a few moments when it detects something in its range. Sensors can be bought separately to convert an existing outdoor light into a security one.

Look in when you’re out.

Most burglaries happen when a house or flat is empty, so:

  • Use time switches – available from DIY shops – to turn on lights, radios and other appliances when you’re out.

  • Don’t tempt the thief – keep all valuable items out of sight.

  • Don’t advertise your absence when you’re on holiday, or even when out at work or shopping. Most burglars will only tackle an empty house.

  • If you can, get a friend or neighbour to look after your home when you’re away, by collecting your post, drawing your curtains at night and generally making the place look lived in. And be prepared to do the same for them.

BURGLAR ALARMS
Visible burglar alarms make burglars think twice.

There are many systems on the market in Devon, ranging from cheaper DIY alarms to more sophisticated alarms costing hundreds of pounds. Easily installable ‘wire-free’ alarms are now available whereby sensors fitted around the house transmit radio detection signals to a control system. These systems usually take 3-4 hours to fit. Wired alarms are cheaper but take longer – around a day – to install.

  • Get specialist advice and a number of quotes.

  • Consult your insurance company for companies they recommend before deciding which best suits your needs. The system should meet BS4737 (professionally installed) or BS6707 (DIY).

Remember, a badly-fitted alarm can create problems in itself. Don’t install a DIY system unless you have the electrical knowledge and practical skill to do so

For extra protection you should consider installing the following:

AUTOMATIC DEADLOCK
This locks automatically when the door is closed, but when locked externally with a key, cannot be opened from the inside.

CHAINS
These help you to speak with strangers at the door without letting them in.
Remember, if in doubt, keep them out. If you a chain and use it every time you open the door.


 
 

 
 
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Neighbourhood Watch schemes can play an important part in creating safer communities by reducing crime and the fear of crime. Their main aims throughout Devon and across the country are:

  • To reduce opportunities for crime and to make it more difficult for the would-be thief, vandal or criminal to act in that neighbourhood;
  • To build up a community spirit so that neighbours work together for everybody's benefit, with particular attention to the needs of those who are especially vulnerable by reason of age, infirmity or isolation;
  • To pass on information to the Police about any suspicious incidents that occur.

  • Be a good neighbour
    If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood, call the police. Join a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme – there are now over 130,000 in this country. Anyone can start up a Watch – call your police for details.

    If you are burgled
    A secure home will reduce the chance of you getting burgled. But, if you get home and notice signs of a break-in:

    • Don’t go in or call out – the intruder could still be inside.

    • Go to a neighbour’s to call the police.

    Crime Prevention advice
    All police forces throughout Devon have officers trained in crime prevention – contact your local Devon police station for advice.

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Helpful Security Advice

The National Security Resource (NSR) provides those looking for security solutions, for either their homes or businesses, useful advice on different available security systems.

If you are looking for home security NSR have a detailed list of answers to questions you may be asking, as well as information about wireless home security systems. Intruder alarms are a great way at preventing people from entering your home unannounced, making anyone in the local area aware that you have an unwelcome visitor.

For those looking for high levels of security the National Security Resource can also give you guidance in having CCTV systems and access control solutions installed.

NSR can also help you discover more about security lighting and automatic gates so you can ensure that only authorised personnel enter the premises.

In addition for those with an older security system National Security Resource offers help in getting security system maintenance, whether it be for a one off repair or for if you are looking for regular checks to ensure your security system is in working order.

As well as various security solutions available NSR can help you with fire protection in Devon, so can help you choose a system that protects you, which includes fire alarms.

Finding you the right installers

To ensure you find a security installer who offers you a quality security system and installation The National Security Resource offers a list of trusted security and fire protection installers. NSR can help you find security installers all over the UK, so if you are looking for a security company in Devon The National Security Resource can help find the perfect security provider.

As well as helping find Devon security installers, NSR is also there to help in case you are looking for locksmiths either in Devon or nationally. The Locksmiths on The National Security Resource all have years of experience, and have proven themselves to be helpful and trustworthy.

Each security installer that NSR recommends will provide technicians who have a wealth of experience in installing a bespoke system for your specific needs that will offer you high quality security for years to come. Each of security installers can also offer security system maintenance, so you can keep your system in working order for even longer.

To ensure that each security system or fire protection installer is offering a system that meets the quality you want and expect all the National Security Resource installers must meet certain standards, if not they will will not be included in their recommended list as it requires them to offer a professional service with expert installation and all at a competitive price.

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Security Specialists throughout Devon offer helpful advice on how your garden appearance can influence thieves and also how to protect your garages from break-ins.

Landscaping can be an important part of a good home security plan in Devon and any other part of the country. Burglars will usually choose a house with tall shrubs and trees that provide hiding places. Homes with little or no outdoor lighting are preferred targets as well, as it means they will be less seen.

So, how can you landscape to protect against intruders while still creating an aesthetically pleasing garden? Here are a few tips:

Keep any trees well trimmed back from your house as it will open up the house entrance and deter thieves. Tree branches can be used as a ladder if they are next to a window or skylight so you must be careful that thieves do not gain access this way.

Next, mow your lawn regularly; an unkempt lawn can suggest that you are away on a trip or holiday and make your home more of a target.

Store ladders, picnic tables and other garden furniture out of sight as they can also be used as a means to reach high windows and subsequently gain access to your home.

Trim back shrubs growing near doors and walkways, keeping them 3 feet or shorter in height. Also, don't allow shrubs to block any of your windows.

Adding gravel under windows makes for noisy footing for would-be intruders.

Consider planting thorny bushes (of the low growing variety) around windows. These will deter any thieves as no is likely to want to fall in a prickle bush!

Keep your garden well lit. Motion-detecting lights make decent choices; body heat-triggered sensors are even better (less likely to be triggered by a waving branch or a passing animal). Both are widely available throughout the local Devon area.

Dogs can make good home protectors because they have keener hearing than humans, along with a propensity for barking at strangers. Dog training can help your dog learn exactly what you want him to do.

Protecting your garages


Is your garage protected from burglars? Garages are a favourite target for burglars because they contain such valuables as cars, bicycles, and tools that are easy to take. Also, garages are not likely to be occupied at night, so they make an enticing target. Once in the garage, it's easy for burglars to access the rest of the house, especially if there is a connecting doorway. If you have a door that leads from the garage into the house, make sure it is as secure as your front or rear door. A simple method of securing up and over garage doors from the inside is to drill a hole in the top channel above the wheels and insert a padlock into the hole. This prevents the wheel moving above the padlock and stops the door lifting even if it is being forced open.

For these reasons, it's important to secure your garage.

Start with your garage door opener. In general, it makes garage doors difficult to force open, but if you never changed the electronic combination from the factory setting, it might not be as secure as you think.

Also check the garage door itself. Make sure it is solid without loose panels or damaged corners that could make it easy for someone to pry their way in.

You'll want to similarly check any windows or entry doors to ensure they are secure. Make sure any windows are fitted with locks and doors should either be lockable or secured by padlocks.

Once you have done these things, apply common-sense in your day-to-day garage use. Don't leave windows and doors unsecured. Don't leave the garage door open, even if you're just driving down to the local shops. It only takes a moment for someone to run in and make off with your belongings. Also, an open garage door gives anybody walking or driving by a clear view into the interior, showing off any valuables you might have.





 
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