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how do burglars choose houses

If you're keen to keep burglars off your property, then it's useful to know how they choose houses to steal from. Homeowners are busy and can sometimes forget to follow simple house security rules. Back doors are left unlocked, downstairs windows are left open and spare keys are hidden in obvious places. In today's blog, we're going to take a look at some of the things that burglars consider when they're choosing houses to steal from so that you can make conscious decisions that will keep your house safe.

Location

The location of your house is crucial for burglars. If you live on a quiet street where burglars are less likely to be seen by neighbours or passers-by, then that's a huge bonus. Houses near main roads are popular targets for burglars too because they make it easy to have a 'get-away' car nearby for an easy exit.

Burglars will also look at the properties in a particular area to determine whether there will be things of a high value to steal. A 'posh' neighborhood might be chosen over a typically poorer area for example. Burglars might also look for houses with outbuildings and garages that might contain valuables, this means they won't have to disturb the main house where security systems are usually in place.

Access Points

Most burglars want to get in and get back out without being too conspicuous, for that reason, easy access points are very appealing.

When burglars are choosing houses, they're looking for doors and windows with vulnerable locks, back doors that may have been left open, and garage doors that might lead into the main house. 

Windows are also easy access points. You'll be surprised what burglars will do to gain access to your home. If they can squeeze their bodies through the tiny open window in your bathroom - they will! 

Signs you're away

Most burglars will look for obvious signs that you're out of the house when they're choosing a house to burgle. Being caught red-handed is not ideal, so they'll often wait until they're sure that you're off the property.

Contrary to popular belief, most burglaries take place during the day when it's more likely that you're away from the house working/running errands. 

Things that burglars look out for are:

  • Dark houses without lights on
  • Bins that have been left out for collection
  • Unruly gardens that haven't been tended in a while
  • No obvious signs of a security system in place

How to make sure burglars don't choose your house

(or make sure you can catch them if they do...)

We all wish that burglars won't choose our houses to steal from, but sadly, you can never be 100% sure. For that reason, we always recommend investing in a good security system that will both deter burglars and provide you with the evidence you need in case you need to track them down. 

Fitting an intruder alarm in your home is one thing, but combining this with a CCTV system or door entry system will provide you with the highest level of protection.

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If you're interested in improving your home's security, speak to a member of the IDS team today. You can give us a call on 029 20 753 251.

security cameras for home

Security cameras are often seen outside commercial properties, but they can be used around your home to keep your family and your belongings safe! Having a security camera looking over your front door, back door and in front of your garage door will deter thieves from approaching, but that's not the only benefit.

With security cameras around your home, you'll potentially save money on your insurance premiums and you'll have concrete evidence to take to the police should a break-in occur. 

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Security Systems for the Home

Here at IDS Security, we always advise homeowners to consider putting a comprehensive security system in place. As well as enquiring about security cameras for your home, we'd recommend taking a look at some of our other home security systems.

With the right home security system, you can rest easy at night and go away on holidays in the knowledge that your home is completely protected. 

Many of us have bikes, tools and other valuable items in our garages, this is why they're one of the most vulnerable places in the home. Other places burglars might try to take advantage of are open windows and unlocked doors.

They'll be looking out for signs that you're not home (that's why people often leave a light on when they head out for the day). But with your home security cameras, you won't need to rack up your electricity bill with the lights on to protect your house. Combine our best home security systems and even the most experienced burglars will have a hard time breaking in!

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Our qualified technicians can you offer you great advice about the best security cameras for your home, but they can also give you a quote you for:

Every home is different which is why we offer bespoke home security packages. If you'd like to start the ball rolling and get some security cameras installed around your home, get in touch and request a FREE survey.

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If you have any questions about security cameras for the home, or if you'd like to find out more about our security system services, give us a call on 029 20 753 251.

home security system maintenance

Maintaining your home security system is vital if you want to keep your home and belongings safe! After all, what use is a house alarm if it doesn't respond when you need it to? Checking your home security system is working properly periodically will ensure that you and your family are kept safe if or when an emergency occurs.

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There are more and more property owners who are thinking about having security systems installed. Here at IDS, we offer a variety of different home security systems solutions including CCTV cameras, intruder alarms and fire alarms. We work with you to create a home security system that suits all of your needs and we can even provide you with a maintenance contract to keep your new home security system working like a dream.

As you can imagine, busy people with busy lives don't always get time to check that their home security systems are working properly, and many don't have the expertise to fix them if something has gone wrong. This means that home security systems up and down the country are rendered completely useless. 

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Maintenance Contracts

If you're thinking about having a home security system installed by the IDS Security team, don't forget to ask about our maintenance contracts. These maintenance contracts provide you with the reassurance that one of our professional engineers will attend your property if a problem occurs at any point - 24 hours, 7 days a week. 

If you notice a problem with your home security system & you've got a maintenance contract with us, all you have to do is call our team on 029 20 753 251 and we'll send an engineer out right away to deal with the problem. Consider our maintenance contracts as an insurance policy for your home security system. We'll carry out the routine maintenance so that your home is protected at all times. 

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If you have any questions about home security system maintenance, or if you'd like to add a security system to your home, don't hesitate to pick up the phone and call us on 029 20 753 251.

Houses in autumn

Today - the 22nd of September - is the first day of autumn. The nights have already started drawing in, and the days will only get shorter from here.

Autumn can be a magical time, but unfortunately, the longer nights do make things easier for burglars. According to insurance data from recent years, break-ins become 34% more common after the clocks have gone back, and it's not hard to guess why: criminals generally prefer to operate under cover of darkness, and there's more darkness to be had in autumn and winter than in spring and summer.

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According to Statista, the number of burglary offences recorded in England and Wales dropped off massively between 2002/03 and 2019/20.

  • In 2002/03, the total number of burglaries in England and Wales stood at approximately 890,100.
  • By 2019/20, the total number stood at around 365,000 - a whopping 525,000 difference!

With such a huge change in the number of burglaries occurring, it's fair for homeowners to ask whether or not they even need a home security system. Well, we at IDS Security Systems believe - despite the significant drop in burglaries over the last 15 years or so - that an efficient and effective home security system is still worth investing in.

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