Visible burglar alarms make burglars think twice. There are many burglar alarm systems on the market, ranging from cheaper DIY alarms to more sophisticated alarms; including wireless alarms; costing hundreds of pounds. The system should be professionally installed to comply with BS4737 or EN50131/PD6662 standards. 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.
Secure All Doors. If doors are not secure, neither is your home. Fit back and front doors with five lever mortice deadlocks - and use it. Fit all exterior doors - top and bottom - with bolts.
A third of burglars get in through a back window. Fit key-operated window locks to all downstairs windows, those which can't be seen from the street and easily accessible upstairs window, e.g. those above a flat roof or by a drainpipe.
Good lighting can deter a thief. Think of having external security light with infra-red sensor that switches the light on for a few moments when it detects movement in its range.
Home & Away
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 or at home sleeping. Most burglars will only tackle an unoccupied house.
Protect your safety & the safety of your family. With all security, consideration must be given to the risk of fire and means of escape. Fit smoke detector and even carbon monoxide detector which detects gas leakages.
For personal safety and peace of mind consider a stand alone panic attack alarm or an intruder alarm with panic attack facility. It is useful to summon help or police response when you are attacked or feel threatened by an intruder or a stranger in your home.
Insurance will relieve you of the financial worry of replacing stolen goods and many insurance companies offer reduced premiums for people with good home security.
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