Home Protection Tips

Did you know there are over 422,000 burglaries in England and Wales every year? Having your home ransacked by thieves is a very distressing experience. As well as the shock of having your items stolen and the damage caused to your house, the incident can have a lasting effect. Some homeowners never feel safe in their property again. Unfortunately, criminals will look for any opportunity to steal and our homes that contain all our worldly possessions.

In today’s post, we will discuss some key home protection tips you can follow to ensure yours isn’t a prime target.

Get A Burglar Alarm

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Just 31% of homes in the UK have a burglar alarm and while installing one is not a one-stop-shop to prevent break-ins, it can act as a deterrent. There are several types of burglar alarms such as those which ring and also ones that are silent so that thieves do not know the police are on their way. The alarm can be linked to your devices for when you are not at home, as well as neighbours or the police.

A benefit of burglar alarms is that they will alert you when someone has entered your home, as unless they know the code they have no purpose being there. Without one, you’ll only know once the damage has been done. If you happen to be on holiday at the time, it could be weeks until you are alerted making catching the perpetrator unlikely.

Install CCTV

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It’s impossible to have eyes and ears on your property at all times. This is especially the case if you happen to be on holiday! The great thing about CCTV is; not only does it capture exactly what has happened and when (which can then be used as evidence) but it can also offer verbal warnings to anyone who does try their luck. CCTV can be positioned anywhere, but obvious places to include is over entryways such as doors and windows where thieves could potentially break-in.

To get the best out of your CCTV, it’s always a good idea to regularly check your cameras are positioned correctly and working. They may also require regular cleans as debris on the camera lens may obscure the image. Adding a motion-sensor security light near cameras also helps because it alerts those who approach your property that you have systems in place, and will enhance the image quality in low light conditions.

Secure Your Windows And Doors

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Have a walk around the perimeter of your home, and imagine you are a thief looking for an opportunity to strike. Can you see any chances to do so? Examples are doors or windows that have been left unlocked or those which would be easy to break into. If your windows are single glazed or do not have a lock, then they could be vulnerable. Likewise, if your front door does not have any security locks or features then it would be easy to wedge open by thieves.

While upgrading windows and doors can be costly, if your current ones aren’t secure then it’s a must. Additional features you can add include a chain on the door and for high-crime areas shutters or bars on the windows. While the latter doesn’t always look appealing, it will create a physical barrier between thieves and your home. It’s definitely worth considering if you live in a high risk area.

Don’t Advertise Your Holidays

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When we go on holiday it can be tempting to tag in at the airport or share pics from the pool. Just think about this for a second though. Can you be 100% sure that every person who may view this information can be trusted? Even if you haven’t given out your address to each of your contacts, there may be ways your personal info is easily searchable online.

If your page is public, would-be thieves could be deliberately looking for opportunities. Worse still, if you are burgled after posting that you are away on social media, it could even invalidate your home insurance. Other ways it can be obvious you’ve gone on holiday is if mail or deliveries pile up at the door. So just be mindful about what messages (whether intentional or not) you are sending out.

Keep Keys Out Of Sight

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Most of us without thinking about it, leave our keys near the front door at night. When you are on holiday, keys may also be left under plant pots or other obvious places. Thieves will be looking out for any keys as they make their job a whole lot easier. If you have someone who will be checking up on your home or even staying in it while you are away, be sure they don’t leave keys in obvious places.

Also, be mindful of who currently has or in the past has had access to your keys. For example, friends, family, tradesmen etc. That’s because without you realising they can make copies of your keys to use while you are away. It’s also a good idea not to put your address (or any personal information) on your keys. If they are lost and handed back to you, there’s no guarantee the person hasn’t made a copy either.

To Sum Up

Home security is an important issue which we take seriously here at RE:SURE. By following the above home protection tips you can help keep your property safe.

Are looking to install CCTV in your business or home? Drop us a line on IRE 01 691 7100 | UK 028 8676 1183 and our friendly team will be in touch.

Security Tips For Working From Home

Due to recent circumstances, you’ve likely found yourself working from home for the first time. While your attention might be on Zoom meetings and trying to homeschool the kids (if applicable), you’re probably not spending a lot of time thinking about your security. After all, when you are working from home you are guarding your property, right?

While this is true to some extent, there are ways in which criminals will still be looking to target you. So, here are our top tips to outsmart them so you can protect your home and possessions.

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Where To Position Your CCTV Cameras At Home

Installing CCTV is one of the best ways to protect your home against unwanted intruders. That being said, the positioning of your cameras can have a huge impact on their effectiveness. After all, there’s little point having cameras if they aren’t positioned correctly to capture what’s going on. The last thing you’d want is to need your CCTV for vital evidence, only to find it didn’t capture what you needed.

Considering the location of your CCTV is therefore of huge importance. Here are our top recommendations on where to place yours to help you get the most out of your system.

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Staying Secure Over Christmas

For most of us, Christmas is a time for spending time with our loved ones, making memories and counting down to the new year. For opportunist thieves however, it’s a time to raid your home or business when you least expect it.

According to UK Crime Stats, there were 316,110 reported burglaries between January and October 2019, an average of around 30,000 per month. When a burglary happens, it’s devastating both financially as well as emotionally.

Here at Re:Sure, we want all of our customers to have a safe and happy Christmas, so here’s our top tips to staying secure over the festive season.

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Will CCTV lower my insurance costs?

Having insurance on your home or business is essential in case of theft or damage. The downside is it can come at a significant cost depending on the value of your property and the area it’s located in. Continue reading Will CCTV lower my insurance costs?

Why Non-Monitored CCTV is a Waste of Time

Many businesses, local authorities and homeowners across the country have traditional non-monitored CCTV cameras installed as a matter of principle. In fact, the UK alone has 4-5.9 million cameras which is one of the highest totals in the world.

But are they effective?

Whilst some footage may stand up in court and help to prosecute criminals, non-monitored CCTV cameras don’t actually prevent crime from happening in the first place.

Here’s our round-up of reasons why non-monitored CCTV is a waste of time.

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Why Keypads are Fatally Flawed for Security

Keypads are popular security systems for residential and commercial buildings alike. The seemingly secure system, where users tap in a pre-set code, is often viewed as safer and more convenient than the traditional lock and key.

Homeowners and businesses have increasingly opted for this form of security system for a number of reasons. Firstly, keys can be easily lost, stolen or replicated, leaving property owners vulnerable to a break in.

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How to Really Secure Your Home against Burglars

Burglary and theft are nothing new. Since man first became civilized, he challenged the lives of other people at every step. No development in the economic set up of the nation can lower the level of crime.

In spite of so much improvement around, safety is still one of the most common issues we all face. With increasing complaints about theft and robbery threats, a range of security surveillance systems has entered the market. While some are extremely handy or beneficial, others often fail to serve their purpose.

If you think that you live in a crime-free and peaceful region, just stop and think again. Considering the unstable condition of the job market, the number of criminal activities can increase over time. Just because your neighbours are nice and hospitable doesn’t mean that you won’t experience any theft or vandalism.

The following is a good checklist to go through before leaving your home empty or for beefing up your protection against burglary.

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RE:SURE Home – “OBSOLETE” HOME ALARMS IN FIRING LINE…

 With more than €35 million worth of property stolen from Irish households between July 2013 and July 2014 according to research from The Garda National Crime Prevention Unit *1, the traditional home alarm could become a thing of the past following the introduction of a new home security product called RE:SURE Home from Irish firm RE:SURE that’s set to completely change the way we think about home security.

According to Emmet Hogan of RE:SURE; “RE:SURE Home uses smart cameras to provide a new level of protection that prevents break-ins from happening by intervening directly, with a live audio challenge, the moment an intruder steps foot on your property. Importantly, this avoids the emotional and financial cost that’s the collateral damage from intrusion into your home space.

“Standard alarm technology has two fundamental flaws. Firstly, it only alarms once the person is inside or on their way into your home. Secondly, burglars are more fearless and calculating these days and know that they have a window of opportunity before any response is likely.

“It comes down to a simple choice really. Do you want a typical home alarm that tells you that you’re being burgled when you can do nothing about it and your prized valuables and sentimental items are being stolen OR one that prevents the theft happening in the first place?

How it Works – 24 hour monitoring

Unlike the typical alarm where there’s window contacts, internal sensors, panic button ( and sometimes even invasive cameras that monitor and record your movements within your own house) RE:SURE Home CCTV monitoring takes the job of protecting your house outside, using what’s been described as an Intelligent Protection System (IPS). This effectively acts as a monitored virtual perimeter around the grounds of your home.

RE:SURE uses the latest generation of detection technology in the form of discreetly placed Smart Cameras that provide a 360 degree view of the outside of the house, detecting any activity on your home’s grounds. Whatever the smart cameras can see the RE:SURE Home can detect.

If RE:SURE detects the intruder entering the grounds of your home, fully trained security Operatives based at the firm’s 24 hour purpose built Control Centre are immediately alerted and will access live footage of your house.

The Operatives will command the intruder to leave using a speaker system (installed as part of the package) whilst observing them live on screen and issuing continual live warnings; ensuring the intruder flees before attempting to get inside your home before any damage or theft occurs.

Since the intruder has been caught before they have even begun, they flee the premises before any damage or theft can take place. The homeowner is contacted when a real event occurs and the Gardai are also immediately informed.

“Brazen Burglars”

John MacMahon, Hogan’s business partner, added: “We examined our own intruder alarm statistics with the national figures and realised that we were seeing a rise in the percentage of burglars were simply more brazen than before – they know there is an alarm, but also know that they can be in and out before any real response will occur.”

We thought there must be a better way and wanted a system that detects the criminals before they ever got near your home and allowed us to intervene immediately, then that window of opportunity will be slammed shut. Our instant, preventative response is better and more effective. We see it as the evolution of home security.”

Installation of RE:SURE Home is designed to be fuss free and typically takes about a day to complete. For those that already have CCTV installed it’s even better; any existing CCTV system can be easily upgraded to a RE:SURE Home system.

The company reports strong demand for their new product nationwide, particularly in Dublin, Belfast and larger isolated homes in the countryside. Each home is assessed on an individual basis dependent on size and need. Costs include an installation charge and monthly monitoring fee.

Hogan added: “RE:SURE Home, offers the newest, most advanced protection system for your home, delivering a preventative security solution that’s built for purpose in 2015.  Yes, it’s an investment but what price do you put on your peace of mind and knowing that you’re protecting your family and possessions with the very best product that’s available?”

According to research from The Garda National Crime Prevention Unit, over €35 million worth of property was stolen from Irish homes in the past year between July 2013 and July 2014

Of that, Jewellery made up to 40% of all stolen property and represented a value of €14.2 million with €7.2 million taken in cash.  Cars were also a major focus for thieves.

Analysis from Gardaí shows that the most common point of entry for burglars is the front door (29%), a rear window (26%), and a rear door (22%).  In addition 20% of households are entered by burglars through an unsecured door or window.

One of the most regular pieces of advice to householders from the Police s is to have your house alarm on – even when you’re in.  That’s not an issue with the RE:SURE HOME security product as it’s fully operational and monitored 24 hours a day.