On Sunday 27th October the clocks go back, which means it's time to update your home security routine. When the dark nights draw in, there's often an influx of house robberies and car thefts as criminals take advantage of the earlier dusk.
Securing your possessions is of utmost importance at this time of year. Many of us are starting our Christmas shopping, and nothing screams 'easy target' to a criminal more than the brand new PlayStation you've haphazardly left in the boot of your car. Taking a little extra time to make sure your home and vehicles aren't vulnerable can make all the difference, but this isn't the only step you should take. Let's dive into some other important precautions...
Light it Up
A great way to give the illusion that someone is home is by leaving a couple of lights on around the house. Worried about your energy bills? Try plugging your lamps into timer switches or switch to energy-efficient bulbs.
Similarly, pick a parking spot that's in a well-lit area rather than parking your car in the shadows. Burglars are far more likely to target cars in secluded side streets! You could even add external lighting to your home or driveway to keep these areas safe and sound.
Lock and Check
Make sure easily accessible windows, doors and gates are locked before you head out. Taking five minutes to whip around your house and garden to double-check everything is secure will save you days of stress and heartache when you come home to a house that's been ravaged by burglars.
Keep an Eye
For an added layer of security, why not consider adding CCTV inside or outside your home? Speak to our advisors about adding CCTV that can be remotely accessed from your mobile phone wherever you are. Even if you're working late one night or visiting a Christmas market, you'll be able to keep a close eye on your home & belongings!
A great alternative to a CCTV camera is an intruder alarm. We offer intruder alarms with 24/7 monitoring packages, so if someone did attempt a break-in, we'd be on the case immediately. Concerned the police wouldn't get there in time? We use the latest digital signalling equipment to make sure the relevant emergency service units are contacted automatically if an incident was to occur.
If you'd like to speak to a member of the IDS team about improving your home security before winter truly takes hold, get in touch!
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Going on holiday is so exciting, but one thing that often plays on people’s minds while they’re away is the security of their home and belongings.
The best way to ensure guaranteed relaxation on your holiday is to prepare and secure your home before you leave. In this blog we cover a variety of tips that will help you feel at ease as you jet off on your holiday.
Fire Prevention & Fire Alarms
One of the most feared and truly devastating things that could happen to your home while you are away is a house fire. There are a few simple steps you can take to dramatically reduce the likelihood of a fire while your house is left unattended.
- Turn off at the mains and unplug any household items that do not need to be on. This includes lamps, Tv’s, hairdryers etc. If any of these items are faulty, they could cause a fire while you’re on holiday.
- Close internal doors before you leave. If a fire was to break out, having the doors closed will limit the oxygen (fuel) accessible to the fire, and will also stop the fire from spreading throughout the house as quickly.
- Check and change the fire alarm batteries. You should always check your smoke alarms are working properly, whether you are going on holiday or not. But when you leave to go on holiday, having effective smoke alarms in place can alert neighbours and the authorities if there is a fire.
If you don’t have an effective fire alarm system in place, we at IDS can help! Our specialist team can design, install and maintain fire alarm systems for any property, commercial or residential. Click the button below to find out more.
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Leaving all of your worldly possessions unattended is another a huge worry for holiday-goers. There are a few ways that you can optimise your home to prevent a burglary.
Having a CCTV camera (or cameras) installed around your home will give you peace of mind that any security breaches will be recorded, and the cameras should deter burglars who know they are being watched.
There is a huge range of surveillance systems available to choose from. At IDS Security we offer a range of security cameras and CCTV systems that can be tailored to suit your property. We even provide surveillance systems that can be accessed remotely through your mobile phone or laptop so you can keep a watchful eye on your home from hundreds of miles away.
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Like a fire alarm, an intruder alarm can alert neighbours and the authorities if your property is broken into while you are on holiday. At IDS we offer intruder alarm systems with an optional maintenance contract. This means you can have your property monitored by our team around the clock!
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Some final security tips to ensure your property is properly secured before your holiday:
- Hide or deposit any valuable items in a safe or secure place.
- Ensure all your windows and doors are not damaged and are locked.
- Don’t make it obvious that your house is temporarily vacant.
- Don’t broadcast your holiday prolifically online.
- Make a checklist to ensure you have taken all necessary security precautions before you set off!
We hope that these tips help you enjoy your holiday knowing that your home is safe and secure. If you have any questions about home security, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team on 029 20 753 251.
People often think that installing a security camera system by themselves is going to be a simple task, but that’s not always the case. Depending on the scale and type of surveillance system you to install, the planning, design, installation, and maintenance required can vary.
If we break down the installation of a typical security camera system, including a couple of cameras and a standard monitor, it would look something like this:
- Decide where you want your surveillance camera(s) to be installed
- Select and purchase appropriate security camera(s) – either as a complete package or individually
- Set up your monitor
- Test all of the equipment prior to installation
- Install the camera(s)
- Link the cameras to your computer/monitor
- Maintain the system
While following these steps is fairly easy to do, the entire process can be unnecessarily costly and extremely time-consuming. At IDS Security Systems, we have a team dedicated to designing, installing and maintaining security camera systems, so you can enjoy a high level of security around your home or business with none of the hassle. We stay up to date on the latest developments and changes throughout the security industry, so that you don’t need to spend hours researching which security cameras are the best on the market.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you think that we can assist you in installing security cameras yourself. Simply call 029 20 753 251 to speak to someone in our Cardiff office, or click the button below to send us an enquiry.
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Security cameras are an excellent way of offering you peace of mind; the reassurance of an active security camera means you know any potential intrusions or security risks will be caught on camera. Security camera installation is arguably as important as having the security cameras in the first place; it is critical cameras are installed professionally and positioned to effectively monitor the largest area possible to provide you with the best surveillance. Luckily for you, IDS Security Systems are something of a pro when it comes to security camera installation and we can provide this service as part of a package when you purchase security cameras from us.
Why is security camera installation important?
Having a professional install your security camera(s) is of paramount importance - from positioning the camera, to the wiring and set-up, it is essential these tasks are undertaken properly so that your security camera system is fully functioning. The trained engineers from IDS can provide this service to ensure your security camera installation is done properly, and efficiently.
What do we consider when installing your security camera?
When installing a security camera system for our customer, we consider the following things to guarantee they are getting the most they can from their security cameras. We are experts in our field with a lot of experience under our belt, for more information on IDS and our team, visit our about us page!
Where a camera is positioned is one of the most important parts of security camera installation - our expert engineers will be able to seek out the best position for your security camera. During the installation process, our engineers will consider the footage the camera will capture (dependant on the angle), how high up it is secured, and whether it is displayed discreetly or obviously. We are happy to work to your specific needs when installing your security camera(s), so whether you want your camera somewhere obvious, as a deterrent, or somewhere less obvious - IDS can meet your needs.
Here at IDS we know our security cameras inside out (literally), so when handling a security camera installation we can worry about all the technical stuff, so you don't have to! IDS will handle the wiring of your camera(s) and expertly select the most logical power source for your security system. We'll think about your local area network (LAN) and give you suggestions on what we think is best. With an IDS security camera installation, you can rest assured your security is in good hands.
If you are interested in our security camera installation services, please feel free to get in touch with us today. You can give us a call on: 029 20 753 251 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the security cameras offered by IDS please press the button below, and get your security system underway!
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Everyone should feel safe in their own homes, but often it is the case that we have to take some extra precautions to ensure the safety of ourselves and our properties. Here at IDS Security, we offer a range of security systems that are designed to keep your home safe - to learn more about the home security we provide, click here. One option for home security is the installation of home security cameras.
Home security cameras not only deter crime, but in the event a crime is committed you can be assured that it has been recorded as evidence. This not only makes it far more likely any criminal will be caught by crime enforcement officers, but also that any of your property can be retrieved in the very unfortunate event it has been stolen.
Home security cameras can provide invaluable security for your home. We offer a range of different cameras so that we can help you create a home security system that best matches your requirements.
The surveillance equipment that we provide includes:
- PTZ Cameras - Pan, tilt and zoom functions for wide coverage and great detail.
- IP Cameras and Surveillance - Secure and efficient surveillance camera network with additional management systems.
- External CCTV Detection Units - For adaptable outdoor event footage.
- Digital Video Recorders, NVR & Hard Drive Recorders - Providing efficient recording methods to suit your surveillance system.
If you want to secure your house today with a home security camera do not hesitate to get in touch. We can help make sure that you have chosen the best security solution for your property, so contact us here for a quote.