Why you should have a dash cam in 2021

As Britain’s roads are becoming busier and filled with more car traffic than ever, people are starting to think more about their safety on the roads and how they can protect themselves and their cars.

A solution: dash cams!

We recommend that all Locksmiths look into dash cams as they offer a range of different benefits that not only help to secure your vehicle when you’re on the road, but to also help you to feel more at ease.

What is a dash cam?

A dash cam or dashboard camera is a small video camera that is mounted on the dashboard or windscreen of a vehicle that is used to continually record the surrounding road traffic. A survey conducted by Which? found that more than 1 in 4 (27%) motorists currently use a dash cam, with 72% of those dash cams drivers believing that all drivers should follow suit.

The different types of dash cams

Front view

This dash cam will record everything in front of you. These are the most common as they are often the cheapest cameras.

Front and back view

These dash cams will record what is happening both in front and behind your car. Although more expensive they can be more useful in the case of an accident as most accidents involve rear-end collisions at low speed so the extra cost might be worth it so that you have evidence of the crash.

Cabin view

This is a camera that faces inward to provide an internal view of what’s happening inside your car. These are particularly useful in taxi and car services to capture any anti-social passenger behaviour.

Why should I install a dash cam?

Dash cams can be a reassuring presence for those on the road as they can provide valuable and accurate recording of other motorist’s road conduct and any events as they transpire.  They can be particularly useful in the event of a collision to determine who might be a fault, as this is often something that drivers worry about. When you have a collision it’s sometimes hard to determine who, if anyone is at fault which then makes it harder should you need to claim on your insurance.

You can also get some dash cameras that have a parking mode, which will start recording when parked if an impact is detected. This can be useful if someone was to hit your car whilst parked and doesn’t leave a note, being able to watch back footage will allow you to better determine what has happened and who might be responsible.

Benefits of a dash cam

  • A dash cam can reduce insurance premiums

Some insurance policy providers will offer lower premiums if you have a dash cam installed in your car. This is because video footage can be used as an independent witness in disputes to establish liability of fault and potentially eliminate a “crash for cash” incident. A crash for cash incident is when another driver brakes in front of you to cause a collision with the intention to make a claim against you. With a dash cam you could have an accurate recording that shows that the person in front braked for no apparent reason and thus prove the accident might not have been your fault.

  • A dash cam can prove you weren’t at fault from an accident

Unfortunately, most road collisions are not straight forward where if there is doubt about fault it can become one word against another. This is where dash cam footage comes in, a video can be used to settle disputes meaning that if the other party is found at fault then you may not have to pay your excess or be reimbursed if you have already paid.  As an added benefit this evidence could also help you to retain your no claims discount which would also be another factor to help you reduce insurance premiums.

  • Can improve driving

Although this is not a guarantee it has been suggested that the awareness that your own personal conduct is being recording that you are more conscious of your actions and therefore a potentially safer driver.

What are the potential downsides of a dash cam?

When one dash cam is placed it is normally recording the front view from the car so can only offer a “one sided view” of traffic. This means that in the unfortunate case you were to have an accident your dash cam may not capture the incident should it happen out of view.

Another drawback of a dash cam is that like other electrical devices it can draw the attention of thieves, meaning that to decrease the chance of a break in best practise would be to disconnect and reconnect the device every time you leave the vehicle.

How to install a dash cam

Although they are very useful devices, dash cams have very strict rules on how they can be installed and if are not done properly can leave you with a hefty fine and 3 points on your licence.

A dash cam must be placed so that they don’t obstruct the driver’s vision; if they are found to be in a position that obstructs vision it could land you with a on the spot £100 fine and in worst case scenario if it goes to court could land you with a £1000 fine and 3 points on your licence.

Where is the best place to install a dash cam?

The best place to fit a dash cam is behind the rear-view mirror so it is in the centre of your windscreen maximising what is captured but it is also out of your line of sight. This ensures that it captures both lanes of the road ahead but also that you will not be penalised for improper placement. It might be tempting when installing your dash cam to stick it where you think it works best or is convenient for you, we don’t suggest this.  The safest place for a dash cam will be out of your eyesight and somewhere we it would be difficult for you to engage with whilst driving. The same laws that apply to phones, navigation systems and electronics apply to dash cams and can carry the same penalties.

uPVC Specialists

We here at The NGCL understand the struggle of waking up in the morning or coming home in the afternoon to find that your uPVC door has jammed, adding extra stress on the day that everyone can do without.

But not to worry, here at The NGCL all of our local Locksmiths are uPVC specialists. We assure that they are all fully trained and accredited on uPVC doors and windows, so no matter what your problem we can help.

Our Specialists are trained with non-destructive entry techniques, which is always our first point of call. The preservation of your property is always the top priority.

 

When might you need a uPVC Specialist

  • If you become locked out
  • Your door is jammed in either the locked or unlocked position
  • You require a lock change
  • You want to upgrade your current locks and/or uPVC units
  • You have been broken into

 

Our uPVC Specialist services

Upgrading Multipoint Locking Systems

We can upgrade or replace a multitude of components, to ensure that your uPVC doors and windows are secure. From rollers, sliders, hooks and deadbolts we can help with your broken or damaged strip.

 

Cylinder Changes

Any cylinder, including single, double or thumb turn we can replace or upgrade to high security locks to make certain you have the best security possible.

 

Handle Replacement

uPVC door handles have a tendency to break between the lever and back plate, which is then unable to be re-assembled leading to the handle needing to be replaced. We can replace your door handle or upgrade it to a higher security model depending on your preference.  We can also upgrade and replace locking handles.

 

uPVC Window Security

Stays, restrictors and locks are important aspects of window security. Our specialists can fit, replace or upgrade all of these components to the security level you desire.

 

Hinge Replacement

Any broken, damaged or out-dated hinges can be replaced or updated to the latest model.

 

Additional Security Fitments

Safety features such as Key Operated Shootbolts, door chains and viewers are components that our highly skilled Locksmiths can easily install, replace and upgrade for you to increase the security of your home.

 

Emergency Boarding up

Our Locksmiths can attend promptly, 24 hours a day, to provide this emergency service. All of our Locksmiths are DBS checked so you can be assured of the professionalism that all our engineers provide.

There is a vast range of services that our specialists can offer, so whatever your issue don’t hesitate to call Keytek® for all your uPVC needs.

 

How much would it cost?

We don’t charge for callouts, but rather for the Locksmiths time and if any parts are required. The price is completely dependent on the time of day, the parts required and the circumstances, so until a locksmith is at your door it is hard to estimate an exact price.

But not to fret, once you call we run through all of your details and aim to give you a complete overview of what you can expect to be charge dependent on your situation.

 

What if one visit isn’t enough?

When you call The NGCL, nine times out of ten our Locksmiths are able to resolve any issue on the first visit, however sometimes a specialist part is needed to repair the problem properly.

You can  rest assured that even if our specialists need to order a replacement part, it can be ordered and delivered within 24 hours*, and our specialist will come back to your property to fix your issue.

In some situations where a Multipoint locking system has been discontinued* you can trust us to source an alternative item that you are happy with to avoid the door having to be replaced.

*In the majority of circumstances

Top Christmas Safety Tips 2020

As we move closer to Christmas the festive season is going to hit us hard with twinkling fairy lights, decorative ornaments, presents and the Christmas spirt! But throughout all this joy and cheer could you possibly be doing things that put you more at risk? We created this handy blog to highlight some of the activities that could be putting you at risk and how you can minimise the risk whilst still having all the fun!

Christmas Lights

Arguably one of the best parts of Christmas is all the decorations that line the streets, our homes and businesses to really amp up that festive feeling. But what you might not realise as you deck the halls is that as homes light up with Christmas lights across the UK they can become a massive electrical safety risk.

How to use Christmas Lights safely

After 12 months of being stored away in the attic in a box some lights can become electrically unsafe, so you should always follow some simple safety precautions and checks when busting out the lights!

You Should:

  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for set-up and use
  • Use the lights for their intended purpose
  • Use replacement bulbs that are the same type and rating as the originals
  • Switch your lights off and unplug them before you go to bed
  • Ensure lights are away from flammable decorations or furnishings that could easily burn.
  • Consider using a timer to ensure that your lights are not left on for too long at a risk of overheating.

You Shouldn’t:

  • Use lights outdoors unless they are specifically designed for that purpose.
  • Connect lights to a power supply whilst still in the packaging
  • Overload sockets; although extension leads might have up to five sockets, it is not always safe to use all five at the same time.
  • Replace lamps/bulbs whilst the lights are connected to a power source
  • Attempt to repair faulty lights; you should replace them.
  • Use lights that are damaged or faulty.

How can I avoid overloading sockets?

Ensure that you check the rating of an extension lead before plugging any appliance into it. They can range from 13A (which is most common) and lower, with the rating being clearly marked on the back or underside of the extension itself. You can always refer to the manufactures guide for more assistance.

Another important thing to remember is that you should never plug an extension lead into another extension lead, only one extension lead should be plugged into one socket.

 

How do I put up decorations safely?

  • Keep real trees away from heat sources.

Place your tree away from heaters and fireplaces. Live trees can be extremely flammable from the needles and sap with the risk only increasing with the presence of flammable decorations.

  • Work as a team

When putting up decorations that are above your normal reach, ensure you use a proper ladder with someone supporting the base.

  • Secure candles

Keep candles on a sturdy, flat surface to prevent them from tipping and never leave them unattended.

  • Consider using a fake tree

Although an unpopular choice for most, you can get trees that are fire resistant which will lower your risk.

Christmas Cooking

If it isn’t all the lights that you love around Christmas time, then it is definitely the food. Glorious spreads filled with flavour and a few glasses of festive cheer are always present at Christmas but many people admit to leaving cooking unattended!

With a house full of family and friends it is easy to get distracted as the holiday host but you need to keep an eye on what you are cooking to ensure that a risk isn’t created and also that it doesn’t burn!

Driving Home for Christmas?

Luckily in the UK our winters consist of mostly rain with only a few places getting heavy snow. However, wherever you live, whether snow or not, driving in much colder weather calls for a higher attention.

  • De-ice and remove any snow from your vehicle

Clearing your windscreen is an obvious thing for most, but you need to make sure that all ice and snow is removed from your car. By leaving anything on the roof of your car, whilst driving it could potentially fall of and block your view or other road users.

  • Check road conditions and give yourself extra time

Check your local road conditions before driving, this will allow you to take the best route and allow yourself more time to get to your destination safely.

  • Slow down

Reduce your speed and expand the space that you are giving other road uses to account for unpredictable actions and the risk of black ice.

  • Be cautious on public transport

It is vital that we all play our part in reducing the spread of Coronavirus, and that means being sensible and cautious when out and about. If you are taking the bus, train, or coach home this Christmas make sure to maintain social distancing and only travel if you are free from any symptoms. Remember hands, face, space.

Holiday Shopping Safety

Unfortunately, there are still those Grinches out and about that don’t live up to the Christmas cheer and can put a damper on your festive season. To keep safe during the frantic Christmas rush keep these tips in mind:

  • Stay alert

With many possible distractions and large crowds you need to be that extra bit vigilant as you never know who might be watching.

  • Don’t leave your valuables vulnerable

Avoid leaving your purse/wallet and gifts in plain sight in an unattended vehicle. Try to fit them into your boot or cover them as to not to pique the interest of an ill-wisher.

  • Park in well-lit areas

Parking in well-lit busier places will deter others from approaching your vehicle as the risk of getting caught is higher.

  • Don’t leave your purse/wallet unattended

Keep your purse/wallet, keys and cards close preferably in a zipped pocket.

  • Shop online with caution

Online shopping can be a blessing at Christmas but only enter your payment information, such as card details or Paypal, on trusted sites. If something looks too good to be true, it usually is.

  • Remember Hands, Face, Space

If you decide to hit the shops this festive season, please be mindful of social distancing and mask requirements, to keep yourself and those around you safe.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

We wish you a safe and merry holiday season!

Sash Jammers

There are multiple ways you can improve your home security including this small and inexpensive piece of equipment! But what are sash jammers? Will they make my home more secure? What are the best sash jammers? Read on to find out!

 

What are Sash Jammers?

Sash jammers are a small device that can improve the security of your uPVC windows and doors. They attach near the window or door frame and pivot over the door or window securing it into place, offering another level of security that can help prevent against forced entry.

 

Are Sash Jammers Effective?

Sash jammers are effective in improving your home security as they add an extra boundary through which a burglar must force through when trying to break into a home. This will add time to the burglar’s efforts and will give you more time to call the police and get to a safe place if you’re home. If you’re not home some burglars may even give up trying to break-in as they aim to be in and out of your home in as little time as possible to avoid getting caught! They fit most types of uPVC windows and doors and are widely available at a cheap price.

 

How can I make my uPVC Windows more Secure?

You can make your uPVC windows more secure by getting an approved Locksmith to fit a sash jammer. Another way you can improve your window security is to upgrade the locks to anti-snap locks which prevent the burglar from being able to pick the lock or damage it and have the ability to force the window open.

 

What are the Best Sash Jammers?

Sash jammers are available cheaply and ‘does what it says on the tin’. If you’re looking to buy the best of the best then take a look at the sash jammers that bolt through the frame and are lockable from the outside, of course, these will be more expensive than your regular sash jammer.

 

Can I fit a Sash Jammer Myself?

Yes, it is relatively easy to fit a sash jammer yourself. However, if you are upgrading your doors and windows due to security concerns, perhaps you have recently been burgled then we recommend you call a professional Locksmith. Not only can our NGCL Locksmiths fit your sash jammer correctly they can also give you advice on your home security and fit more secure locks if need be.

 

How many Sash Jammers do I need?

Depending on your door or window type you will typically need between 1 and 4 sash jammers. You’ll need 1 sash jammer for a small window, 2 for a single door one at the top and one at the bottom and therefore for patio and French doors you will need 4 sash jammers, 2 at the top and 2 at the bottom.

 

Cost of a Sash Jammer

Sash jammers are a really good budget option for upgrading your home security as buying the sash jammer yourself will be around £10.

 

Please Remember

Please remember that sash jammers are to be used in conjunction with your secure, British Standard approved locks. Using as sash jammer without additional locks will not only leave your home vulnerable to break-ins it will also invalidate your home insurance.

 

NGCL Locksmiths

If you need a trusted local Locksmith to upgrade your home security then give us a call on 0808 164 2928 or visit our website to find a reputable Locksmith near you! https://www.thengcl.co.uk/find-locksmith/

10 Easy Home Security Checks you can do today!

Keeping your home and your loved ones safe inside is something we all relate to. But although burglary statistics have been on the decline since March 2003 in England and Wales there were still a whopping 356,017 reported burglaries during the month of March 2020 alone. Here are ten easy and simple tips you can implement in your home to boost your security!

 

1.     Upgrade your Locks

The first thing you should always do when moving into a new home or upgrading your property security is to change your locks. More often than not, burglars will attempt to break into your home through the front door by picking or snapping your lock, rendering it useless.

Upgrade to insurance compliant anti-snap locks to prevent this. Anti-snap locks are designed with a purpose-built weak point that if tampered with will snap at this location rather than the inner mechanism. You will be required to still replace the lock but it means the burglar cannot access the inner mechanism and enter your home.

NGCL Recommends: Ensure you look for a new lock that has the British Standard kitemark engraved onto it. These locks have been tested to the highest standards and are approved by insurance companies.

 

2.     Don’t hide a Spare Key Outside!

We know, it’s tempting to leave a key hidden outside for an emergency but not only do you give burglars full and easy access to your home, you’ll also invalidate your insurance.

No matter how ingenious you think your hiding spot may be, you can bet a burglar will find it. They will have seen those rocks with a hidden key compartment before now and are clued up to the regular hiding spots, you never know the burglar may have even been watching your home and have seen you hide it!

Furthermore, if a burglar gains access to your home with a key 99% of the time your home insurance will become invalid and there will be less criminating clues for the police to find.

NGCL Recommends: If you need to hide a key for family members, nurses, dog walkers etc. we suggest you take a look at purchasing a police approved key safe or installing smart locks which relies on Bluetooth or Wi-Fi for access via a Smartphone or fob.

3.     Close and Lock your Windows and Doors!

Always close and lock your windows and doors when leaving your property, a 5 minute pop down to the shop is more than enough time for a burglar to get in and out and far away with your expensive items.

NGCL Recommends: Always lock the door even when you are at home and not just at night either as some insurance providers won’t pay out if the front door was left unlocked at time of entry.

 

4.     Hide your Valuables Out of Sight!

The sayings true, out of sight out of mind. Always keep your valuables out of sight from the door and windows. Many burglaries are due to so called ‘chance burglars’ who see something they like as they pass by and target that house. Keeping your expensive belongings out of sight eradicates the risk of chance burglars.

NGCL Recommends: Keep your expensive belongings such as your tablet or laptop in a scratch-proof case inside a cabinet.

 

5.     Hide your Keys

Burglars use a tactic called ‘Fishing’ this consists of the burglars shaping a sturdy piece of wire or similar material into a long ‘hook’. They then use this ‘hook’ to post through your letter box and attempt to hook the keys from their peg or from on the table where they are kept. Keep your keys well away from any doors or windows to prevent this!

NGCL Recommends: Keep your keys inside a draw in your bedroom. This way if a burglar does manage to gain access to your home you know your car keys and other keys to your safe for example are secure with you.

 

6.     Add Exterior Lights

Adding exterior lights to your property will eliminate any dark hiding spots a burglar can sit in to leer into your home.

NGCL Recommends: It is best to install proper exterior lights but if you need something to tide you over for a short period add some solar lights into your garden, you can continue using them for recreational use after you have installed sufficient security lights.

 

7.     Start or Join a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

Being on good terms with your neighbours is invaluable. Asking them to watch over your home whilst you’re out or on your holidays is a great way to have a familiar pair of eyes on your property who can spot when an unfamiliar person starts snooping around your property.

NGCL Recommends: Have a meeting with your neighbours (via an online call during these current times) and join the neighbourhood watch scheme here: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/join

 

8.     Install an Alarm

Installing an alarm that automatically makes a racket as soon as it is triggered is a great way to warn off burglars and have them heading for the hills if they attempt to get into your home.

NGCL Recommends: If you are looking to install a new burglar alarm altogether we recommend taking a look at the new ‘smart security’ home alarm systems one the market as they now offer amazing additions such as security alerts straight to your phone and two-way audio.

 

9.     Don’t Forget your Garage Door!

Always remember to lock your garage door and don’t leave your tools and valuables in sight. It only takes minutes for someone to come in a steal something. It is even more vital to secure your garage if it is connected to your home!

NGCL Recommends: Installing a garage door defender is a great way to enhance the security of the door. You can pick these up for around £50-£100 and there are great YouTube videos out there for advice on how to install it!

 

10.Add a Peephole

Adding a peephole to your front door is a great way to boost your home security as it allows you to see who is stood outside your door before you open it and risk being injured or passed by, by a potential burglar.

NGCL Recommends: Never answer your door to a stranger unless they have ID, even if they are suggesting they are a sales person or policeman. This could be a burglar in disguise. Always ask to see their ID before opening the door up to them.

 

National Guild of Certified Locksmiths

Do you need to upgrade your home security? As professionals in the industry you can rely on us to upgrade your home security to ensure your home is as safe as it can be, that’s why we offer a home security check for free for every single one of our customers! Call us today on 01202 013 577.

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/bulletins/crimeinenglandandwales/yearendingmarch2020#emerging-trends-in-robbery-and-theft-offences

Best Locks Money Can Buy

There are thousands of locks on the market, some standard security, some high security and some manual and others electronic. Here at the NGCL we have been looking into the best locks around and found the few below to meet our high standards!

 

Schlage Encode

The Schlage Encode is a smart deadbolt; you can connect to it from anywhere meaning you have total control. One benefit of getting an Encode is that you don’t need to buy a separate hub or bridge to lock it from your phone; it will just connect to your home Wi-Fi. You can specify who has access and you can add up to 100 recurring and temporary lock codes that you can change anytime you like. You can also send virtual keys to any guests via email or text. It’s relatively easy to fit and has a low battery indicator, so you know when it needs changing. There have been some reports that the battery life isn’t great, so you’ll have to change the batteries every couple of months.

By using the free Schlage app you can receive notifications when someone enters the house, you can give every member of the house a personal code. This means you will know when your children enter the house. You can also lock the door from anywhere, so even if you are sat at work and notice someone has left the door open you can lock it there and then.

 

Mul-T-Lock ENTR

Mul-T-Lock have separated themselves from other smart locks on the market by adding the fingerprint access option. The fingerprint wall reader allows you to save up to 20 different fingerprints, meaning you can allow your parents, a dog walker or babysitter to enter your house without the need for a key. You’ll never forget your fingerprint like you could a key or, as can happen these days with smart locks, run out of battery on your phone and be locked out!

Of course like all the smart locks on the market, it offers you control of your lock with a smartphone app. The Mul-T-Lock app works with Bluetooth, so you don’t have to be worried about having no Wi-Fi or phone signal. You can have 20 virtual keys and these can be easily changed or deleted from the app. So you never have to worry that someone unsavoury may have your key.

You can also choose to have a touchpad wall reader; this means that every member of your family can have their own code to enter the house. Again, these can easily be changed or revoked if you feel your security is threatened, or someone may have told people the codes. You can even request to have remote control of your lock; this was made for people with limited mobility in mind. Think of a car key, it’s like that but for your door!

 

Medeco Locks

Medeco Locks are the only non-smart locks on our list. It is a fact that smart locks are considered safer than manual locks; however Medeco locks are used in the White House. Any lock that is used to keep the president safe is worth being on this list. They offer deadbolt, rim and mortice cylinders, key cabinets, key in knob and key in lever cylinders, padlocks, cam locks and many more security solutions.

They are fairly pricey considering they aren’t smart locks, but the company is incredibly reputable and the locks have a reputation of being the best there is.

 

Yale Assure Lock SL

Yale boasts that this is the ‘slimmest’ electronic lock around, so if you’re looking for something stylish, this might be your best bet. The Assure Lock is a touchscreen deadbolt which allows you to have keyless entry. You won’t have to search around your bag for your keys or phone, simply put in the 4-8 digit code and you’re in and to lock the door you just have to tap the keypad.

This particular model won’t connect to your Wi-Fi or give you access with an app, you’d have to upgrade for that, you can connect it to a smart device, but it’s more complicated than the others. But you can program in up to 250 codes, which is way more than most other smart locks.

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The History of Home Security

Home security is vital and has become a rapidly developing industry over the past 20 years due to the digital revolution. Although it may seem like home security is new concept on the surface, home security has been around dating back to around 2,000BC.

 

The Birth of Home Security

Historians discovered that home security was used as early as 2000BC in the Mesopotamia and Ancient Egyptian era. They used a simple wooden bolt across two brackets and Egyptians used pin and tumbler locks using a lock and key which was replaced in the Roman era with metallic tumbler locks. We still use this security design in our homes today with deadbolts.

Then throughout the medieval period castles were fortified with high walls, moats and draw bridges… not quite so accessible today.

In the early 1700s the first intruder alert was invented by Englishman Tildesley which consisted of a set of chimes mechanically linked to the door, much like some smaller shops we enter today!

 

When was the First Home Security System Invented?

The first type of home security system was invented in 1853 by Augustus Russell Pope in the US. The electro-magnetic alarm system was very simple but ingenious for its time as previously homeowners relied on the noise of startled animals to alert them to an intruder. The security system worked by reacting to the closing of an electric circuit of which doors and windows were connected as independent parallel circuits, when the door was opened it caused a sudden flow of current causing a magnet to vibrate and in turn a hammer would strike a brass bell.

Although Pope was the inventor of the first home security system the recognition usually presents itself to Edwin Holmes, a business man who was the founder of the first electrical alarm system company.

 

When did Home Security become Popular?

In 1966 nurse Marie Van Brittan Broan invented the first security system with a surveillance camera that included the ability to open a door with a remote control.

In the 1970s, video surveillance started being used in home security systems that consisted of a large motorised camera which transmitted grainy images to a television often including extra security features such as an intercom, alarm button and a lock switch for the door.

Infrared technology was introduced in the 1980s so that the systems could avoid alerting when there was a false interaction and security alarms spread around the home to include systems for garages.

By the 1990s the cost of home security systems became much more affordable to the average working family and in turn the popularity of home security systems boomed!

 

Types of Home Security Systems

There are five home security systems currently available on the market they are:

Bell-only security alarm:

When a break-in is detected a bell-only alarm will sound for a maximum of 20 minutes externally but the internal alarm will sound continuously and flash until the system is turned off. This type of alarm is best suited to low-risk homes that do not have a significant amount of valuables to lose. Seeing the alarm fitted alone may be enough to deter some burglars but the siren will most likely put off the chance burglars!

Monitored security systems:

These alarm systems are connected to an external security company who monitor your alarm for a fee. If the alarm is triggered an employee from the security company will call your home, request the password and ensure there is no problem before turning it off. If there is no answer or a problem with the password then the police are notified.

Dummy security alarm:

This is the cheapest option but experienced burglars are wising up to spot the difference between the real thing and a fake so we don’t recommend this option.

Wireless or wired alarms:

Wired security systems more often than not require a specialist to install your system so that all the wires are tucked up neatly away. Wireless systems are simply and easy to install but have a higher chance of failing or running out of battery power.

Laser security systems:

Laser security systems use laser light and a light sensor to detect movements. Laser security systems can also be upgraded to link to a wider range of home security products.

 

The future of home security

As we grow through the digital age, ‘smart technology’ is becoming ever more present. There are a number of smart home security products on the market as we speak. These technologies allow you to set up a camera inside or outside your home that links to an app on your Smartphone.

The smart home security systems send an alert directly to your phone whenever it detects movement or sound so you can instantly see who is on your property. Most of these technologies also include two-way audio meaning you can speak to whoever is at your door at the time!

We’ve had a look at a few on the market; our favourite pick is smart home provider, Hive. Their features, specs and sleek design are a firm favourite here! Take a look here: https://www.hivehome.com/

 

Burglar statistics in the UK 2020

It has been reported that a burglary takes place every 106 seconds in the UK with the average cost of each residential burglary totalling up to £3,030! West Yorkshire is most at risk for residential burglaries followed by Greater Manchester and the West Midlands. London soars ahead by a good chunk for the average annual cost of residential burglaries at 181.84m! Devon and Cornwall are the least at risk of residential burglary at 0.15%.