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5 Signs It’s Time To Upgrade Your Security Systems

The purpose of security systems such as CCTV, burglar alarms, secure fencing, motion sensor technology, smart locks etc is to protect your property from criminal activity.

The presence of any security system is sometimes enough of a deterrent, though each type of system is designed to either scare off the criminal or prevent them from being able to carry out their intended action.

But what if your current security setup just isn’t enough to protect you? It could be the case the measures you have installed are too primitive for modern standards, or they have let you down when you needed them the most.

In today’s post, we’re here to point you in the right direction as leading installers of remote CCTV systems across the UK and Ireland.

1. You Don’t Have Any Security Systems In Place

Did you know that 7/10 UK homes don’t have a burglar alarm? Whatsmore, 46% of homeowners that have purchased a burglar alarm reported it was not switched on when their property was broken into. If that sounds bad enough, what about the homeowners who have no security systems in place at all?

While you might not take much notice of your lack of security, you can guarantee any local criminals will certainly be listening up, especially as it’s very difficult to tell who the criminals really are. While it could be people trawling the streets at night and trying locks, if anyone comes into your home and notices it’s not safe or secure, they could be passing this message onto others who would be very interested in the information – even without realising they are doing so.

Therefore, every homeowner must take steps to protect their property. It’s not enough to hope a burglary or any kind of criminal damage won’t happen to your home. You have to take active steps to prevent such incidents as much as possible.

2. You’ve Recently Had A Break-In

Although the rate of burglaries is declining, 267,931 burglaries were still reported in the UK between 2020-2021. That figure equates to approximately 734 burglaries a day, and behind each of those incidents is someone who has suffered not only a financial loss but an emotional trauma too.

If you’ve ever experienced a break-in, especially if it happened recently then you’ll know just how devastating it can be. While there’s nothing you can do to turn back the clock, you can ensure your home is less vulnerable in the future by protecting it with security features.

In particular, you need to secure the method of entry, removing or repairing any vulnerabilities. You must also make sure you install CCTV covering all entryways to your property. Ideally, the CCTV system will be remote CCTV as we provide here at RE:SURE, meaning our control centre will be alerted if unusual movement is detected, and we can even communicate with the offender and call the police on your behalf.

3. Security Concerns In Your Local Area

The area that’s home to your property or business premises may have changed over the years. Sadly, antisocial behaviour can occur anywhere including in areas that previously had a low crime rate.

If you’re becoming concerned about crime in the area, especially if any neighbouring properties have experienced theft or criminal damage, then stepping up your security is a wise move.

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4. Your Current Security Equipment Isn’t Up To Scratch

Whether your security equipment has let you down when gathering evidence, or if it’s been quite some time since you had the measures installed, you may not be benefitting from the latest in security technology.

Modern technology such as our remote CCTV focuses on digital elements that will monitor activity and alert you directly if anything suspicious has been detected. So while security fences and burglar alarms are useful to some extent, the aim is to outsmart the criminals at their own game. If you’re relying on old school locks or devices that are easy to manually break, this leaves your home more vulnerable than you may realise.

5. You Want Lower Insurance Premiums 

Nobody likes paying insurance, even if it’s to protect our home and all the valuables stored within it. From an insurer’s point of view, they will calculate your premiums based on the perceived risk that you will need to make a claim. While your building type and postcode will affect their calculations, so too will the measures you personally take to prevent the possibility your property will be broken into or subject to criminal damage.

In a previous post, we covered how CCTV will lower your insurance. In addition, the insurance comparison website Comparethemarket also wrote a piece on security measures that will reduce your premiums. Therefore, if you want to reduce your insurance premiums, upgrading your security systems will save you money not to mention give you peace of mind.

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If you recognise any of the above signs, or if you have any other concerns about the security of your home or business, don’t delay in taking steps to protect your property.

Here at RE:SURE, our main focus is helping to secure your property through our CCTV system.

If you are interested in getting remote CCTV monitoring services to protect your home or business, get in touch on IRE 01 691 7100 | UK 028 8676 1183 and our friendly team will be more than happy to help.

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