It goes without saying that protecting your home is the number one priority for us all. We work hard to create a safe space for our family and want to ensure it remains secure from any potential burglars.
There are a number of things you can do to secure your home and installing a home security system has become one of the best ways to do so. We’ve put together some suggestions for you to think about whether or not you should invest in a security system for you home.
Basic considerations for your home
There are a number of simple things you can do to secure your home with or without an alarm system, such as:
- Install better locks on your front door
- Improve the locks systems on your windows
- Check for a local neighbourhood watch scheme and sign up
- Install motion sensor lighting on the front and back of your house
- Keep hedges trimmed and reduce hiding spaces
Thinking about further protection
Unfortunately, burglars are the scheming and deceiving kind. They make a living out of trying to get round these basic improvements and in too many cases are able to do so. This is where a home security system comes in. The technology has improved over the past five years and there are many affordable options available.
How to get started
Knowing where to start can be confusing as there are so many companies and styles to choose from. The renowned consumer guide, Which?, have a great guide on getting started.
There are a number of reputable companies you can contact to get quotes from too, like ADT, Verisure, SECOM and Admiral Security. Any company that is Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB) or National Security Inspectorate (NSI) or accredited is trustworthy.
What types of home security systems are there?
There are a wide range of home security systems to choose from. You can install unmonitored systems that will react when one of the sensors are tripped, or systems that are monitored and connected to call centres who notify the police if suspicious activity is detected. Wireless systems are an option too. These are generally more expensive and provide control over certain areas of your home, like turning on the lights or locking particular doors.
What do they cost?
This is very much dependent on the type of home security system you want to install. Some basic systems start from very low prices under £20, but the more expensive options can costs hundreds, plus a monthly fee of monitored protection. Check out the local crime in your area, and how isolated or close you are to other housing. This will help you determine how much you should invest in your home security system.
Improving the security around your home can only be seen as a positive. Our guide is intended to give you a quick overview of the benefits of home security systems and some basic start points. Take time to find the right system for your home and give yourself the protection you deserve.