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There's an old adage that goes “a man’s home is his castle”. Your home may not literally be a castle, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't deserve to be protected.

With the spread of the coronavirus since 2020 there has been a decrease in home invasions and burglaries. However, even with this decrease there are still 267,000 burglaries in the England and Wales; that’s one burglary for every 217 people. These statistics might be intimidating, but there's no need to panic! There are many simple and efficient actions you can take protect your home and your peace of mind. One such action is to install a burglar alarm.

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do CCTV cameras record audio

When it comes to installing CCTV cameras around your home or business premises, you might be wondering whether or not they can record audio. Wouldn't it be useful to hear what the perpetrators were saying while they were targeting your property? They could give away key details like their names, their intentions, or their plans after they flee the scene. 

You'll be pleased to hear that, yes, modern CCTV cameras can record audio. This means that your CCTV system can be the eyes and the ears that watch over your property. Some CCTV cameras come with built-in audio input, while others can be connected to a remote microphone for clearer sound. It really depends on your premises and your security needs.

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Setting up the office's new CCTV camera system

Designer Websites Ltd recently asked us to install a new security system at their office in Sully, Vale of Glamorgan.

After an initial survey, the IDS team designed and installed a state-of-the-art CCTV camera system to monitor activity inside and outside the Designer Websites office.

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how to protect your home from burglars

When it comes to protecting your home from burglars, you never can be too careful! One wrong move could leave your home vulnerable to criminals who are looking to make a quick buck. Here at IDS Security Systems, we have years of experience installing CCTV, burglar alarms and a range of other home security systems - so we have a great understanding of the threats that homeowners face. With that in mind, we've put together this article to show you 3 ways to protect your home from burglars. 

 

1. Lock all doors and windows

This may seem like the oldest trick in the book, but it's something that homeowners forget to do - especially in the spring/summertime. When the temperatures start to creep up, it's very appealing to have your doors and windows open to let a breeze run through the house, but this is when your home is the most vulnerable. All it takes is for you to go out to work and leave a door or window open and a burglar might take advantage. 

One of the very first things that burglars do when they approach a property for the first time, is to check whether doors or windows are unlocked. While windows are a little trickier to climb in through, burglars can slip through an open door in a matter of seconds, so we urge you to take extra care and check your doors & windows whenever you leave the house. 

 

2. Eliminate hiding places

Before a burglar targets a home, they will usually do some surveillance of your property. This gives them a good idea of where all of your doors and windows are and also allows them to memorise good hiding spaces around the property. Overgrown hedges and long grass can be used to provide cover when a burglar is approaching your house. Keeping on top of the gardening so that there are fewer hiding places is a great way to burglar-proof your home. 

We've also heard stories about burglars hiding in outbuildings, sheds and garages to check that the coast is clear before making their move. We always recommend that you keep all of your garden storage buildings securely locked. Not only will this eliminate hiding places, but it will also prevent burglars from stealing valuable items like your bike, power tools and lawnmower!

 

3. Install a burglar alarm

While taking precautions will certainly boost your home's security, what it won't do is protect you if the worst should happen. Burglars have a particular skill for worming their way into our properties despite our best efforts. But don't worry, installing a burglar alarm is a great way to add another layer of protection to your home. A burglar alarm is designed to notify you when an unexpected person enters the building, so if you do forget to lock your door, your home won't be ransacked without your knowing.

Here at IDS Security, we offer a range of home security systems that are designed to protect your home from burglars. In addition to burglar alarms, we also install CCTV cameras and door entry systems - all of which will protect your home from burglars for years to come. All of our security systems are designed to suit your exact property and are installed by our experienced team, so you can rest assured that your home is in good hands.

 

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