How to choose the best security for your home – what you need to know…

Helpful tips and advice for anyone thinking about protecting their home…

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“Homes with no security measures in place are 5 times more likely to be burgled”  Police.uk 

For most people, home is where the heart is. It’s where we raise family, entertain friends and is a relaxing place to come back to after a long day at work. The “door’s always open” lifestyle is one we Brits love to share with friends and family.  Although with residential crime on the rise we need to get better at locking our front door when we leave. But how many people still leave a key under the flowerpot – just in case?!

Safeguarding your home can be changing lifelong habits and not making it easy for the ‘baddies’. Why not go the whole hog and protect your home and belongings with a robust, yet subtle security system which can help you continue to enjoy that feeling of home every time you step inside your front door.

Over 15,800 crimes were reported in the Thames Valley during March 2017!  Police.uk 

Those who have been a victim of crime at home often feel a sense of loss for the comfort home can bring, so here are some tips for making the first step to finding the best security package to protect your home:

So, do I need a home security system?

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Firstly, changing any unsecure bad habits can help keep your home protected. Keeping your gates locked, garden fences is good condition and your property well lit etc greatly reduces your chances of being burgled which is great news, and very easy to implement. Having a visible burglar alarm is recognised by the police as acting as a deterrent against residential crime and a simple security system can help ward off unwanted visitors too. It’s also worth considering the peace of mind a security system can bring to you and your family whilst you’re at home, on holiday or away on business.

Take a look at the Police website for the crime map in your area, not to scare you but to become more aware of any potential risks in your area and to better equip your decision making. There are also some more great tips on keeping your property more secure.

For those with large properties a security system can help protect everything within your boundaries including your: motor home, paddocks, out buildings, car garages and studios etc. A close, trusted neighbour or housekeeper can be very handy when you’re away to help keep a close eye on your property and for some this is all the peace of mind they need. However, if you don’t have anyone who can do this for you a security system might just be the perfect answer. With modern technology now there’s no need to have large ugly cameras everywhere and miles of untidy cabling either. Security cameras and fittings can be discrete, wireless and monitored via an easy to use app on your mobile or table, which covers every inch of your home and grounds.

 

What security system do I need?

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A home intruder alarm is a great start to securing your home and sensors can be set up at your front door, side gates, back door, basement entries, gates and also within the home and any outbuildings. CCTV can give you 24/7 cover of your home giving the peace of mind that any abnormal behaviour will be captured on your cameras. White Horse Fire & Security offer residential clients a clever mobile/tablet app so you can monitor your home digitally 24/7. For larger properties and estates, an automated gate can offer you a secure way to restrict who has access to enter your driveway. There are a number of unique designs on the market to fit your style of property and they can be managed and monitored remotely. These 3 systems are commonly used together to secure the smallest and largest of houses around the UK.

 

How to find the right security company for my home

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Simple recommendations from people within your area, your neighbours, friends and acquaintances are a great start at finding which companies are providing home security services. For many people who’ve inherited a security system from previous owners may not know a lot about the system, don’t worry any good security company will be able to take over from a previous provider or upgrade you to a newer system.

Google it! This never fails to bring up a list of the larger national security companies, but try to look past the sponsored adverts at the top of of the page and dig a little deeper. Look for companies with the best star rating (up to 5 gold stars before their company name). Have a read through the comments to get an idea of what’s good and what’s not and these often highlight levels of customer satisfaction. It’ll make your decision making process a whole lot easier.

 

How to compare your top 3 shortlisted security companies

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Once you have shorlisted your top 3 companies, compare them on paper and make sure they tick all your security and personal needs. Here are a few things to check for when tallying up pros/cons and cost:

  • Check what security elements and systems they’d suggest for a home and estate of your size.
  • Ask what added extras you’d need to pay for such as call out charges for instance, you can be charged as much as £75 per call out! It’s good to know this up front
  • Compare their costs and the system guarantees they offer, ie. White Horse Fire & Security offer a maintenance package to guarantee parts and labour for 5 years!
  • Check what level of maintenance you can expect to receive
  • Are they SSAIB certified?
  • What level of phone support do they offer? Can you pick up the phone any time of day and speak to someone when you need them?

 

You should have everything you need now to choose the right security company and security system to secure your home. White Horse Fire & Security, like all good security companies, are fully SSAIB certified, offer a 24/7 support line to call whatever time of day or night. We also offer 24hr monitoring with police response if you need this.

Take a look at what our wonderful customers think of us on the Testimonial page of our website.

If you’d like to speak to someone about finding the perfect security system for your home, call Helen today: 01235 413823

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How secure is your company? Check out these 5 ways to secure your business

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Door access – make it a priority

Commercial Security – 5 ways to secure your business

Having a security system in place not only protects your commercial property, it also helps safeguard staff whilst in the workplace and after they have left for the day. For businesses up and down the country, we’d recommend working with a local security company who can find the best security solutions, with minimal disruption to you and your staff.

Whether you have had a security breach in the past or are looking to install a robust system into your commercial premises for peace of mind  White Horse Fire & Security have put together 5 ways to secure your business:

  1. Door access – Choosing a security system for your front and rear doors, basement entrances or reception is a simple but effective way of knowing exactly who is entering your commercial property and restricting unwanted visitors. There are a range of professional door security products and solutions available including: swipe card and toggle systems for staff and visitors allowing entry into an external or internal door. Keypad code access is commonly used and very effective when the codes are regularly changed. Staff personal identification products give a visual indication who is a member of staff and who is a scheduled visitor. New staff can easily be added to or removed from the system. Door security systems can be integrated with your current systems in place or can be switched over from your current provider.
  2. Intruder alarms – These are an audio device that start when one of the motion sensors detect movement within one of your secure zones. If an alarm is triggered, the main control panel will indicate which secure zone has detected movement. Alarms like these can be set up to alert a member of staff that a specific sensitive area has been entered and it can also alert you when an intruder has entered the commercial property, outside working hours. So what happens if the intruder alarm is triggered? For the ultimate protection White Horse Fire & Security can make sure when your intruder alarm is triggered, the local police will be at your commercial property in a matter of minuets.
  3. Commercial CCTV – is a well known and trusted way of helping keep an eye on your property. CCTV can give you great coverage from the boundaries of your property, garages, outside office space, car parks, lock ups, storage spaces and small internal spaces. White Horse Fire & Security offer a fully integrated app on your phone or tablet, giving you 24/7 surveillance even when you’re away on business. Work with your security company to get the most out of your cameras and images. When choosing a security company, make sure your cameras are all set up correctly and tested to meet your specific needs. For larger commercial premises, your CCTV system can be hard wired or managed centrally via a hub, so no need for miles of untidy cabling.

  4. Gates, barriers, turnstiles – each business has its unique business security needs to help keep commercial property secure and there are lots of vehicle security products on the market to help with this. Audio/ intercom systems and monitored gates have become very popular with larger businesses and those with many different buildings to cover. If you own a large commercial property, an automated gate with intercom system can give staff an efficient and effective way of allowing visitors to enter your property and at the push of a button staff can grant permission to enter. Vehicle registrations and daily deliveries are easily managed and tracked via these systems. Like White Horse Fire & Security, your security company should carry out 6 monthly maintenance checks on your security fixtures such as barriers and hydraulic fluid checks etc to make sure they remain in full working order.

Whatever your commercial security needs, a good security company can help protect your premises and help safeguard your staff. White Horse Fire and Security are SSAIB Certified for 24hr police response and we are here for you 24/7. We offer a 5 year guarantee and no call out charge with our maintenance package.

Call Helen today to arrange a FREE quote: 01235 413823 www.whitehorsesecurity.co.uk