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burglar breaking and entering with crowbar

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.


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.


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.


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.


To find out more about our burglar alarms or home security systems, click the buttons below. If you'd like to speak to our team to arrange a free home survey and discuss your home security options, simply fill out our enquiry form here.

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does rain affect cctv cameras

Here in the UK, the weather can change at any given time, so it's important that your home security system is designed to withstand the pressure of harsh and wet weather conditions. CCTV cameras that are positioned around the exterior of your home are generally exposed to the elements. We are often asked whether rain affects CCTV cameras and the footage they record. If this is a question you'd like to find the answer to, just keep reading...


Will CCTV cameras be damaged by the rain?

When it comes to electricals and water, the two don't mix very well. In fact, it's best to keep electricals as far away from water as possible! 

Prolonged exposure to rainwater could cause your CCTV system to malfunction or stop working altogether. If water encroaches into the CCTV camera itself, it can cause damage that's very hard to repair. Once water has seeped into your CCTV camera, it's not very easy to get it back out, so prevention of water ingress is key.

When water gets inside the lens of your CCTV camera, it distorts the image and makes it very difficult to see what your camera is capturing. This can be a real problem if a criminal decides to target your property on a rainy day.


What can you do to prevent water damage?

There are a few different things you can do to make sure that rain doesn't affect your CCTV cameras. If you're planning on installing a CCTV system in the near future, we recommend talking to your security company about weather-proofing your system beforehand. Here are a few steps you can take to keep your CCTV system working in all weathers.

1. Install your CCTV cameras in sheltered areas

Ensuring that each of your CCTV cameras has some protection from the elements is a great way to prevent water damage. Something as simple as moving the cameras into a slight inlet can prevent complications later down the line. Again, we recommend you talk to your security company about the positioning of your cameras because it's vital you find a balance between rain cover and coverage of vulnerable access points. 

2. Install multiple CCTV cameras

If you live in an area that's known to get a lot of rain, it might be worth installing multiple cameras around your property. This gives you an added level of protection if one of your cameras is damaged or distorted by the rain.

3. Check your CCTV cameras regularly

While taking precautions should help to prevent your CCTV cameras from being water damaged, you can never be 100% sure. The best way to maintain a functioning CCTV system is to check it regularly. If you notice any signs of water ingress, you should contact your security system provider and seek advice.


CCTV Systems from IDS Security

While water can cause problems for your CCTV system, that shouldn't deter you from installing one! CCTV systems that you buy online and install yourself are generally more prone to water damage because they're made of cheaper materials and arent' always installed correctly. If you want to reduce the chances of your CCTV system being damaged by water, then we recommend you get in touch with our team here at IDS. We have decades of experience installing CCTV systems and we use top of the line cameras that are good at coping with harsh weather conditions. 

It's very unlikely that the rain will cause enough damage to leave your home or business premises vulnerable, but if the worst should happen, the IDS Security team will be on hand to help you. All of our security systems are tailor-made to suit the requirements of your property. This means you get ample coverage of all the vulnerable areas and we can also take into account shelter for your cameras if water ingress is a potential problem. 

We hope that you'll choose IDS security for your CCTV system and other security system needs. We provide a personal service that ensures you receive the highest level of protection and reassurance. If you have any questions, you can get in touch with our team by filling in the enquiry form on our contact page.

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