Following the news that only 1 in 20 burglaries committed in the UK are solved by police, we guide you through some of the key things to consider when it comes to protecting your home and its assets.
Over 267,000 burglaries in England and Wales occurred in 2020-21, according to Statista.
This equates to 732 per day or one every 2 minutes…
Though this shows a significant decline from the previous year, in part due to the impact of the pandemic, the end of enforced lockdowns and a return to the office could signal an increase. Ultimately, burglary is one of the most common criminal offences in the UK and it could cost you in more ways than one.
The ideal starting point for making sure your home and assets are fully protected is reviewing or upgrading your existing security system. While it is difficult to determine exactly how many potential intruders are deterred by visible alarm or CCTV systems – some simply won’t mess with security systems whilst comfortable disabling certain brands – regardless of how confident they are, it’s safe to say that most would-be burglars don’t want to be caught.
- Consider a layered approach
Solid security systems comprise multiple, strategic layers For example, the presence of CCTV can detect anyone approaching your property whilst alarm systems can alert you when a seal of a door or window is broken, or movement is detected inside your home. Concurrently, a dedicated Residential Security Team (RST) can monitor and protect all these layers.
- Upgrade alarms, locks, and fortifications
In terms of alarms, there are hundreds of options available on the market. The best way to select the right one for you is by looking at your personal preferences, budget, where you live, your home as well as the level of protection and response you’re after.
Meanwhile, when it comes to fortifications, sometimes a regular old lock and key doesn’t quite cut it. For example, most front door locks made before 2008 are not anti-snap proof, making them easier to penetrate. But, today, constantly evolving AI technology in smart locks and fortified doors can be a wise investment if your budget allows.
- Supercharge your security system with CCTV
CCTV has made great strides to address the analysis of behaviour and activity over the years. But installing cameras doesn’t necessarily have to break the bank. As is the case with alarm systems, the market is saturated with different options to choose from so understanding their features, benefits, and the type of footage they capture is critical.
Modern-day CCTV providers such as Avigilon offer products powered by advanced AI and video analytics that work using thermal technology, can detect even the most unusual of movements and comprise sophisticated search functions that capture data fast to allow for speedy response times.
Ultimately, criminals are far less likely to attempt to enter a property that is protected by CCTV and a strategically placed, overt camera system will deter most opportunistic thieves. The reason for careful positioning is to maximise your field of view – for example, parameters should span and include the distance between the entry points of your home, all the way to the outer boundaries whether they are fences, walls or otherwise. Continuous advancements in the intelligence and technology used in modern-day cameras, paired with the right placement should result in it being nigh on impossible for anyone to make it from the outer boundaries to your front door undetected.
- Protect your perimeters
The most effective home security plan doesn’t just consider protecting what is inside your property, it incorporates the securing of its perimeters. Things like security lights, “beware” signage and fencing or walls can act as a simple deterrent before an intruder has even stepped foot on your property.
That said, these elements will be most successful if they are well maintained and implemented in conjunction with other procedures.
- Streamline your security
All the above measures can be implemented by yourself or can be installed by the various providers you select. But there is an uncomplicated way of streamlining your security system and easing the burden of making often tricky decisions by enlisting a dedicated Residential Security Team (RST) to source the best equipment, install it and monitor it. These include:
- The efficiency and ease of a single point of contact to provide peace of mind
- Consolidating providers tends often consolidates price
- Limiting and controlling your level of personal exposure
- Limiting and controlling the number of individuals monitoring you and your property
- Enabling an instant response to threats, instead of waiting for external monitoring providers (which are often automated rather than tracked by human beings) to react and for police to be contacted
In many cases of burglary, the incident can be prevented, or at the very least the risk reduced with the correct systems in place – the primary mistake is thinking that something like this will never happen to you.
Ultimately, you get what you pay for when it comes to residential security measures and so considering a solid plan, offered by an experienced provider, is always the right route to take.
If you wish to discuss a design plan for your own residential security system, feel free to contact our specialist team.