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When it comes to protecting your home with top-tier security equipment, the cost of some systems may be enough to put people off. But never fear! You don’t have to risk putting your property in danger for the sake of saving some pennies as there are a bunch of DIY home security ideas that you can implement to increase the safety of your home. Protecting yourself, your family and all of your treasured belongings inside. So, let’s take a look.

1.      Installing DIY Home Security Cameras

Installing security cameras is one of the obvious and effective home security tips available – did you know that homes with security systems are 300% less likely to be broken into? The great thing about security cameras is that there is a wide range available on the market, so regardless of your budget or security requirements, you are most definitely able to find something that suits you. The most common places where intruders break into homes are at the front door, windows, garages and basements. So, installing a camera at these locations on your home should go some way to increase the protection of your home.

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2.    Putting Up Signs & Stickers

A relatively cheap and effective form of DIY home security is to erect signs and place stickers around your home, namely on the lawn. These usually indicate that there are security measure present and installed on the property. Now, whether they work or not is anybody’s guess, but security signs and stickers will most definitely make burglars take notice and think twice about breaking in. More experienced intruders may not fall for this attempt to foil their intentions, so best to pair the signs and stickers with a camera for added security.

DIY Home Security Signs

 

3.      Keeping Your Garden & Landscape Tidy

Tall, thick, bushy and unkept shrubs and hedges are the perfect places for potential burglars to hide. A very simple DIY home security tip that you can implement fairly quickly is to keep your brushed trimmed and your lawn mowed, leaving intruders with no place to hide around your property. Even better, to provide an extra layer of protection around your home, why not plant offensive plants such as thorny bushes, bougainvillaeas or cactus. These plants can provide an inhospitable hiding place and even go some way to injuring the intruder.

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4.      Close Blinds & Curtains

Probably the most obvious DIY home security tip; close your blinds and curtains! Especially when you are out and not in your home. By providing a means to look into your home and advertising your possessions is a sure-fire way to increase the chances of your house being burgled. Eliminate this by simply closing off the inside of your property to the public, this way your home will less likely be targeted.

 

5.      Secure/Dispose of Valuable Documents

One thing that often goes amiss with home security is personal data. Over the last decade or so, gaining access to people’s personal data has become increasingly popular and a cause for concern for every household, leading to identity fraud and a whole host of problems. This is often caused by individuals either not disposing of the personal documents properly or not keeping them in a safe enough place. Bills, invoices and statements that contain sensitive personal information should always be kept away in a safe and secure place and thrown away, should be done in the correct way i.e. shredded.

 

6.      Install Light Timers

For homeowners that are often away from their property most of the day, a simple way to improve home security is to install light timers. These can be set up to turn the lights on in your home at a certain time of the day or night. If a home has its lights on, the chances of it being targeted by an intruder are somewhat reduced as they believe someone is inside and would carry a risk to enter.

 

7.      Set Up a Neighbourhood Watch

Teamwork makes the dream work, right? Why not combat crime in neighbourhoods by setting up a neighbourhood watch where members of your close community take responsibility for observing and reporting suspicious behaviour. This will lead to increased communication between your community and could even get the word out to potential intruders that your home and neighbourhood is one that should be avoided.

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8.      Be Cautious on Social Media

Going on holiday? Be sure to not let your hundreds or thousands of friends know on your social media profiles. Your home is more likely to be targeted if people know it is empty because you and your family are away on holiday. A good DIY home security tip is to share your experiences and holidays away once you have arrived back.

 

9.      Get a Guard Dog

Dogs are not only man’s best friend and a companion for life, but they also make a great deterrent to intruders. Now, we’re not encouraging you to just get a dog just to increase your home’s security as there are definitely cheaper ways that require far less attention and commitment, however, if a guard is something you are interested in be sure to get the right one. Pick a breed of dog that is not only easy to train but is bright enough to sustain the training you give them, such as German Shepherd and Dobermans. Teach your dog basic obedience and keep practising every day until you feel comfortable to allow your dog to roam freely and secure your home.

DIY Home Security Guard Dog

 

10.      Invest in Home Alarms

Now, if money isn’t much of an issue for you and you would like to add a guaranteed measure of security for your home, an alarm system is a way to go. Like security cameras, there is a variety of home security alarms available on the market that suit whatever needs you may have. But these don’t always have to deter potential intruders, they can also protect your home from the dangers of smoke and carbon monoxide. Integrating home alarms with other methods of DIY home security is the best way to ensure your home is fully protected all-year-round.

DIY Home Security Alarms

 

Here at IDS Security Systems, we provide homes up and down the country with sophisticated home security systems that increase the safety of both the people and possessions inside, whilst acting as an effective deterrent to unwanted visitors. From CCTV cameras to intruder and fire alarms, our range of security systems goes some way to ensuring homes are as secure as they could possibly be from inside dangers as well as outside dangers.

If you are looking to bolster the security of your home with an effective home security system and are interested in what IDS can do for you, be sure to get in touch with a member of our team today. We would be more than happy to help and answer any DIY home security questions that you may have.

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If you’re thinking about buying your first home or are considering relocating to a different part of the UK, be it for your career or family, living in a place where you feel safe is more than likely at the top of your wish list.

Well, thanks to a study conducted for a true-crime documentary series, the safest cities in the UK (and the most dangerous) have been revealed!

If homeowners are looking to feel as safe as possible Edinburgh has been crowned as the safest place to live in the UK. Poll results found that 90% of people in the Scottish capital feel perfectly safe both in their homes and whilst they’re out and about, with just 16% of the population experiencing some sort of criminal activity.

 

“Edinburgh has been crowned as the safest place to live in the UK”

 

At the opposite end of the scale, Birmingham has been voted as the most unsafe and dangerous city in the UK, with a massive 42% of residents feeling at risk, even during the day. Research from the poll revealed that even a third of people living in the city worry when they are in their own home.

A spokesman for the crime documentary stated that “the results of the study offer a fascinating insight into how safe we as Britons feel in our cities and towns.”

Approximately 56% of people living Birmingham said in the poll that they would recommend the major UK city as somewhere safe to live, whereas 82% would recommend Edinburgh – a huge difference.

Following Birmingham in the list of the most dangerous places to live in the UK was Leicester, Manchester, London and Sheffield. Following Edinburgh, on the other hand, was the safest UK cities as Bristol, Brighton and Hove, Southampton and Cambridge.

The study which polled around 2,000 Brits revealed that 31% have felt unsafe in their homes at one point or another, with nearly 25% experiencing or hearing of break-ins or attacks in their local area. Just under half of those polled have known a victim of crime, with a home break-in being the most commonly experienced offence.

 

“Birmingham has been voted as the most unsafe and dangerous city in the UK”

 

Over a third know someone who has been the target of car theft and nearly a quarter are friends with someone who has experienced a mugging. It has also emerged that nearly 25% of people in the UK have been a victim of crime in the town or city in which they live. Half would like to see an increase in police patrolling the streets with a third saying more CCTV cameras would help ease their worries.

As a result of feeling so anxious, nearly a quarter of residents have either moved from their homes or have considered moving to an entirely different town or city altogether in a bid to feel safer. In fact, 60% of people polled believed towns and rural areas are generally safer than larger cities, with around half under the impressions they have become more worried about their safety as they got older.

One-third of those who took part in the study felt less safe now where they currently live than they did 10 years ago.

Safest Places to Live in the UK

  1. Edinburgh
  2. Bristol
  3. Brighton & Hove
  4. Southampton
  5. Cambridge

Most Dangerous Places to Live in the UK

  1. Birmingham
  2. Leicester
  3. Manchester
  4. London
  5. Sheffield

If like many of the residents polled in the study, are worries about your safety or feel as if your home would benefit from added security measures, IDS Security Systems offer a range of fantastic home security solutions that can improve your safety and safety of your home. From CCTV cameras to intruder alarms, our range of home security systems enable you to protect your home in the most effective way possible. Even better, our range of home security systems can be integrated to create a truly bespoke security measure! To learn more about our security systems, click below.

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For more information on our range of security solution, do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the IDS Security team, we’ll be more than happy to help!

Owning a home or business can be one of the proudest and most rewarding parts of an individual’s life. Years of hard work and dedication put in to achieve something most people may not have the pleasure of doing. So, it comes as no surprise that when a home or business is the victim to crime, it causes a whole host of problems and issues to owners. From theft and burglary to criminal damage and shoplifting, all acts of crime can have a long-lasting effect on both home and business owners alike. But how prevalent is crime within your area?

As you can see from the information above, it pays to ensure that your home or business is sufficiently protected from potential crimes such as burglary. With commercial and residential premises susceptible to criminal behaviour, installing any of the listed security solutions will go some way to protecting your home and work. To view our collection of security systems, simply hit the button below!

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If you have any questions regarding our range of security systems or general enquiries that you'd like to ask us about, then please do not be afraid to get in touch with a member of our team today.

Here at IDS, we not only offer fantastic security solutions for your home but also your business! We understand how much hard work goes into setting up businesses and the effects it can have when they are subject to crime and unlawful behaviour. That's why we are continuously encouraging all business owners to ensure that they are taking the appropriate measures to effectively protect their workplace. A great solution that provides an extra element of safety to your business is security barriers. These are an effective way to manage who enters and leaves your premises, providing you with the peace of mind that no unauthorised personnel can enter your business.

One type of business that security barriers can work particularly well in is offices, given that many can hold large amounts of people as well as very sensitive information. Meaning that the management of the personnel that can enter and exit becomes an important matter for business owners. A concern that can be made easier with our office security barriers.

Why Buy Office Security Barriers form IDS?

  • Our Office Security Barriers are easily managed and controlled - they are able to be fully integrated into a full access control system providing a further layer of security and safety.
  • Our Office Security Barriers are manufactured by CAME and FAAC, the two leading UK suppliers of security barriers and automated gates.
  • IDS do not only supply Office Security Barriers, but we are also able to install them! With the additional option of full-time maintenance service which guarantees a continuously smooth security service.

If you believe our Office Security Barriers are what you need to protect your business, why not call us today on 02920 753 251, email us at admin@ids-security.co.uk or fill out our enquiry form below.

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Here at IDS Security Systems, we pride ourselves on being able to provide first-class customer service when we supply and maintain our state-of-the-art security systems for our customers. Therefore, it makes us extremely proud when we receive positive feedback from any customer that we have served.

Take a look at just a few of the Google Reviews left by a number of our satisfied customers!

 

If you are considering having a bespoke security installed within your home or commercial premises and are wondering where to go, our reviews should show you exactly why so many businesses and homeowners choose IDS! With the latest technology in a variety of world-class security systems including CCTV Cameras, Security Barriers, Access Control Systems and Intruder Alarms, we are confident that no matter your needs or requirements, IDS Security Systems will be able to accommodate.

If you would like to get in touch with us to discuss installing a bespoke security system in your home or business, call us today on 02920 753 251 or click below to fill out an enquiry form!

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