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Thinking of investing in a home security system? Wondering whether it's worth the cost?

It's easy to convince yourself that you can get by without a security system. Depending on where you live, you're probably not all that likely to be the victim of a break-in. But house alarms and security cameras are like insurance policies: by the time you actually want one, it's usually too late.

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How Do Burglar Alarms Work

One of the most reliable ways that you can protect your property is by installing a high-quality intruder alarm system. Regardless of the size of your premises, ensuring that your doors, windows and other entry points are secure is vital to keeping your valuables, family and employees safe at all times.

Over time, studies have shown that buildings that have an effective burglar alarm system installed are up to three times less likely to be broken into than a building without any protection at all. Therefore, having one installed is something that all building owners should at least consider.

Here, we take a closer look at burglar alarms, how exactly they work and the advantages they offer when installed.

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For those of you with pets, you may have experienced that awful sinking feeling when you arrive home from the shops and the burglar alarm is going wild! Immediately your mind jumps to conclusions, but upon closer inspection, you realise it was just Dolly jumping up on the sofa to get comfortable that's triggered your alarm.

Of course, if the alarm goes on and on without being silenced, you're upsetting your pet, disturbing your neighbours and potentially wasting police time. All of this can be avoided with a pet-friendly alarm system, so let's take a look at what they are and how they work. 

What is a pet-friendly alarm?

A pet-friendly alarm is not that different from your typical intruder alarm. The main difference is the way the passive infra-red motion sensors are designed and calibrated. This makes your intruder alarm tolerant to small changes in passive infrared heat at floor level. 

How does a pet-friendly alarm work?

A passive infrared motion detector is capable of detecting thermal changes in the environment. When a burglar enters your home they create a disturbance in the empty room's passive infra-red energy, triggering the alarm and letting you know there's been a break-in. This method works fine, in theory, until you throw a permanent resident like a pet into the mix!

When you opt for a pet-friendly alarm, your passive infra-red energy detector is set to ignore movements within a certain height or weight range. For example, if your pet remains on the ground level and weighs less than 35kg then they won't trigger the alarm. 

Of course, if a burglar enters the house, they're usually much taller and larger than your average pup, triggering the alarm and letting you know that you've got an unexpected visitor in your home.

What are the flaws of pet-friendly alarms?

If you have pets that spend most of their time basking in the sunshine or laying in front of the fire while you're out then these types of alarms should work well for you. However, if you have a big dog (weighing 40kg or more) that loves to jump up at the window every time someone walks past the house, then this type of alarm might be quite unreliable. 

What are my options?

If you think that a standard pet-friendly alarm isn't a good fit for your home, then there are plenty of other options for you to consider.  In-house security cameras, for example, can help you keep an eye on the activity in a room to make sure that the alarm hasn't falsely detected your pet.

Smart devices connected to your mobile phone or smartwatch will allow you to quickly review the intrusion and determine whether to disarm and rearm the alarm or not. This can be particularly handy if you have a lively little pet in your home.

Another alternative would be a specialist sensor such as a glass-break detector. This type of detector is able to monitor the sound frequency of the room and will activate an alarm when the sound of glass breaking is detected!

Get in touch with us to discuss your pet-friendly requirements and we will be able to design a bespoke alarm system to suit you and your pet's needs. 

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Can I Install My Own Security System

If you’re thinking about adding a security system to your home, one of the main things to consider is its installation. Are you going to take the DIY route and install the security system on your own, or are you going to get the system installed by a professional security company? In this blog, we take a look at the two methods of installation, their pro’s and con’s and which option we believe is best!

Before we look at the two installation options in closer detail, here is a quick overview of why each option could be best suited to you.

DIY installation could be the choice for you if:

  • You’re a DIY enthusiast and enjoy getting hands-on
  • You want a simple system that covers the main areas of your home
  • You want to avoid installation fees
  • You don’t want strangers in your home

Professional installation may be the choice for you if:

  • You’re looking to install a complex security system that covers a large portion of your home
  • You have a budget to cover installation costs
  • You don’t like doing things yourself and would rather someone else do it
  • You don’t mind people being in your home

 

Installing your own security system

There are many benefits to performing a DIY security installation. First and foremost, it will save you money. Secondly, it’s a great option for homeowners who don’t mind rolling their sleeves up and getting the job done themselves, avoiding the need to work around an installer’s schedule and having a stranger wander around your home when you’re not there. With most DIY security installations, you own the equipment from the get-go. This can sometimes mean a larger up-front cost, but it also means that it’s far easier to take your system with you if and when you move property. This is a particularly useful option for people who are renting their home and do not own it.

Another great positive about DIY security installations is that it’s not always as hard as you think. Even though professional installation requires ‘no work’ on your part, the ‘work’ required for DIY installations is minimal. Self-install alarms are often completely wireless, so all that is required is that you’re somewhat handy with tools. However, DIY security installation isn’t perfect for every situation. In most cases, you’re not going to be a security expert, so you may struggle to understand if you’re setting up your equipment correctly. Even though you can live-chat or contact support over the phone, they’re not going to be able to see inside of your home to offer specific recommendations that a professional installer could make whilst being in your home. DIY security installation comes with the risks of improper equipment placement and the chance of missing a security vulnerability that a professional could easily catch.

Professional security installation

The biggest and best part of a professional security system installation is that you get back to sit back and relax whilst all of the hard work gets done for you. You’ll never have to worry about whether or not you did it wrong or spend countless hours listening to automated directions or reading confusing instructions. You’ll have to make time to be home during the installation, but you can get other things done during this time and leave the work down to the professionals.

An additional reason to choose a professional installation is that you benefit from a professional’s experience and knowledge. With DIY installation, there’s always a chance that you may miss something, such as placing a motion sensor too high or not noticing an obvious security vulnerability. A lack of expertise could cost you far more time and effort in the future if it was to ever lead to a break-in. An installer can ensure your equipment is properly set up, guide you through the ins and outs of your system and make suggestions for how best to secure your home. Despite the numerous perks that come with professional installation, it’s not without a few drawbacks.

If a technician is required to come out and install your system, it’s going to cost you. It can also be a slight inconvenience if you need to schedule a time to be home when an installer is available. You’ll no doubt save time by not having to install your home security system, but you’ll still have to be home when the technician arrives. If you’re busy, going through this may cause a headache.

Which one is right for you?

Of course, when it comes to choosing an installation method for your security system, the choice is completely up to you. However, from our experience, we believe that a professional installation should always the way to go. Ultimately, the reason for getting a security system in the first place is because you want your property and possessions to become more secure, reducing the chances of a break-in. With a professional installation, the level of security is increased. There are no risks of your system failing or a security vulnerability being missed when a professional technician is present.

Here at IDS Security Systems, we provide a range of quality security systems suited for a variety of properties, serving any requirement. Whether you’re looking for a simple intruder alarm, CCTV cameras or access control, our team of experienced professionals are able to assist with the best possible solution for you, which includes expert installation, meaning you won't have to install your own! To find out more, get in touch with a member of our team today by clicking below.

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Most Burgled Items

When a burglar targets a home, it’s highly unlikely that they’re looking for what’s in your fridge, although that has happened in the past.  

The majority of burglars are targeting homes that they know contain high-value items that they can easily take and sell. The emphasis for most burglars is to ‘get in and get out’ as fast as you can with as much as you can, which is why many burglaries are committed within 10 minutes!

Now, there are a number of ways that you can help to prevent your home from being the victim of a break-in; from adding security cameras to getting a guard dog. But, the most effective way is to make sure your home doesn’t become a target in the first place. How do you do that? First things first, ensure that your high-value items are out of sight. Keep them locked away in a secure place away from windows and doors. According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales 2019, 699 domestic burglaries took place from March 2018 to March 2019, up from the 691 burglaries that took place during the previous 12 months. Here are the most stolen items:

  1. Watches & Jewellery
  2. Purses, Wallets & Money
  3. Computers and computer equipment
  4. Electrical goods
  5. Mobile phones
  6. Clothes
  7. Food & Toiletries
  8. Handbags & briefcases
  9. Furniture & household items
  10. Personal documents
  11. Vehicles
  12. Keys
  13. Garden Furniture

 

Securing your home

Burglars often admit that their number one reason for changing their mind about burgling a house is seeing it has a working alarm system. The smallest amount of doubt about committing a break-in as a result of seeing a security system in place can result in your home being skipped by criminals. Therefore, investing in a fully-functional and effective home security system could potentially be the difference between your most valuable items being there one morning or not.

Here at IDS, we provide a range of home security systems that ensure your home is secured and protected 24 hours a day. From CCTV cameras to intruder alarms, our solutions work to minimise the risk of criminal activity on your property, whilst maximising the protection of your high-valued goods. You can even combine our security options to create one bespoke, security system that is tailored to your property and security needs!

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If unfortunately, you’ve been the victim of domestic burglary, you can find out the steps that you need to take here.

For more information on our home security systems or how IDS can help to make your home less likely to be targeted by domestic burglary, please do not hesitate to contact us today by calling 02920 753 251 or emailing us at admin@ids-securitylts.co.uk.

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