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No victims at home: Protect your house from burglary

PUBLISHED: 11:59 07 December 2018 | UPDATED: 10:05 10 December 2018

Ensure burglars and intruders don't rob you of Christmas

Ensure burglars and intruders don't rob you of Christmas

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Secure your home from theft and intruders this Christmas with these straightforward home security tips

Consider home automation or a wireless home security systemConsider home automation or a wireless home security system

Although Christmas is filled with lights and sparkle, the holiday comes long after the clocks turn back and the wintery nights set in.

Burglars and intruders take advantage of these darker months and of the knowledge that many homes are left unattended as families travel for holidays and festivities this time of year. Home security can be simple, easy and affordable. Protect your house, your possessions and your loved ones this festive season with these home security tips and advice from NSI/NACOSS approved SLC Alarms.

Intruder alarms

Residential burglar alarm systems are graded between zero and two. It’s best to avoid the lowest grade, which cover basic DIY kits. Bell only alarms are easy for intruders and thieves to get around. These alarms can be disarmed by cutting cords, are dismantled quickly and don’t come with maintenance support.

Monitored burglar alarm systems will notify either you or the police if there is an intruderMonitored burglar alarm systems will notify either you or the police if there is an intruder

Instead, opt for a monitored alarm system with on-going technical support to enusre your home security system is always working at its most effective. In the event of activation, key holder response alarm systems (grade one), will send a signal to the monitoring station, which will then give the homeowner a call. For only a couple of extra pounds a month, police response systems (grade two) offer ultimate peace of mind. These alarm systems will notify the police if two sensors are triggered.

Whatever you choose, make sure it is a wireless house alarm that is pet friendly. Also consider if you would prefer to use a code or wireless remote fobs for your alarm system, or if you want to run it from an app. This would allow you to activate and deacativate the burglar alarm straight from your phone, so no more arguing over who forgot to set the home security system.

CCTV

Cameras allow you to capture footage of intruders, but blurry CCTV footage won’t help catch the crooks. Make sure your camera works well. HD cameras are readily available at every budget. Make sure your camera is inconspicuous and consider whether you want to connect your camera system to an app. This way, footage can be viewed from anywhere in the world. There are many camera kits and CCTV systems on offer which can be integrated with your alarm if desired for the ultimate home security system.

Running your CCTV camera through an app gives you peace of mindRunning your CCTV camera through an app gives you peace of mind

Automate lights

Automating your lights is far less complicated and involved than perhaps initially thought, and is a great deterrent for intruders. Using straightforward smart bulb technology, homeowners can set their lights on timers and adjust the brightness and colour.

Smart bulbs work with Alexa and can be controlled with an app as well, so they can be activated remotely, when you’re out, at work, or away. There is no need to mess about with wiring and SLC Alarms will install for free if five or more bulbs are purchased.

Go on lock down

Locks on windows and doors are an easy way to secure your homeLocks on windows and doors are an easy way to secure your home

Another simple way to secure your property is to ensure all your windows and doors are fitted with sturdy locks. Remember to store the keys away, hidden from the doors or windows at hand. Likewise, make sure you don’t keep your car keys near the front door. The days of selling stolen property from the back of a van are long gone. Burglars are no longer interested in phones, tablets and TVs as much as they are your car. Always keep your car keys out of sight, away from an intruder’s eye.

Sensor lights

Put intruders under the spotlight with a sensor light. Avoid unnecessary usage by making sure your lights are set to only work in darkness.

SLC Alarms

Home automation, wireless cameras and alarm systems will secure your homeHome automation, wireless cameras and alarm systems will secure your home

The team at SLC Alarms are alarm system and CCTV camera specialists who offer advice to protect your home as if it were their own. They offer a no-cost, obligation-free property survey, where experts evaluate your house so you can protect your property accordingly. Tailoring their recommendations to your budget and lifestyle, they will advise you on the best security solutions for your home, from CCTV to alarm systems to home automation.

SLC Alarms look after their customers and pride themselves on friendly service. They offer an out-of-hours service line for their clients, or alternatively customers are welcome to drop in for a chat at their shop front in the heart of Gravesend. As a team of dedicated professionals, SLC Alarms will happily guide you through any trouble-shooting needed or queries you have as part of their premier home security service.

Open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday; 20 Stone Street Gravesend Kent DA11 0NP; 0345 5570 999; slc-alarms.co.uk

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