Home Security

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There are basic measures you can take to deter burglars. If a burglar wants to break in, they will, but most burglaries will be crimes of opportunity, and burglars won’t bother looking at somewhere that appears secure.

New doors and windows will help, good visual surveillance will also help (no hidden corners, PIR operated external lights etc). When you go away, plugging a few lamps into timer sockets is also a good idea.

As for alarms, there are different types. In most circumstances, the sight of a bell box on the exterior of a house will be enough to deter burglars, so you may want to consider one of the ‘dummy box’ types.

Monitored alarms are expensive to keep in contract and there’s no guarantee that the police will come out to your house. Audible alarms make a noise, but that’s it. We went for one of the Yale Easy-fit alarms as it was easy to install (it’s wireless), and it telephones us if the alarm is triggered (as well as the alarm siren going off).

If you want to use the alarm to reduce your insurance bill then you will need to get an approved one, have it tested regularly and make sure that you set it every time that you leave the house. Anything less than that and it’s unlikely that they’ll pay out in the event of a claim. For this reason, we don’t add our alarm to our insurance details.

We got this one. The whole range comes up pretty well, and you can add further peripherals at a later date if you need (eg extra sensors, cameras etc)

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we have an alarm system at the house, with sensors and the panel and the box…it just hasn’t worked and didn’t want to shell out to get it fixed if it is going to be a pain in the arse going off all the time etc BUT NOW WE WILL SO MY HOUSE IS ALARMED EVERYONE SO DON’TEVENTRYMATES