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Home Security Week 24-30th September 2011

“Without basic home security you are 10 times more likely to be burgled”*Source Home Office

These days we spend hours planning improvements to our homes, whether it be new furniture, interior design ideas and makeovers, but rarely do families and households think about the security of their homes. UK Home Security week aims to inform people that securing your home can be simple and affordable, highlighting what you can do to combat crime against your property.

The majority of properties lack any form of simple to install security measures. Take a look at your home through the eyes of a burglar, what do you see? CCTV? Burglar Alarms? Security Lighting? A burglar’s top 5 deterrents are alarms, CCTV, security lighting, window locks and dogs. From a CCTV perspective install a CCTV camera on the front of the house to keep not only an eye on the children playing in the front garden, but protect your car in the driveway and monitor the front of the household. The visual deterrent of a CCTV camera should be enough to scare an intruder away, but make sure the back and sides of the property are also monitored. You can record the footage straight to a hard drive should you ever need evidence. Another CCTV measure you can take is installing a peep hole camera so that you don’t have to open your door to unexpected visitors, you can check their identity before allowing entry.

It is important to remember that CCTV coupled with an alarm system, security lighting and window locks are the most effective ways of keeping intruders at bay. When you consider the relatively small expense you have to pay, in which you can achieve crystal clear images of your surroundings, it is well worth investing.

Check out www.ukhomesecurityweek.co.uk for more information about the UK Home Security Week.

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