Concept to reality – 5 Simple Security rules for Constructing your Perfect Home

When designing your brand new home it’s important to consider any security systems you may need so they can be incorporated in the design stage of your new home build.

When you think of home security, you don’t need to think like MI5 or the FBI. Instead, follow these 5 simple security rules to create a beautiful home that has the perfect balance of design, privacy and security. We want to help you create a new home that is a welcoming place for family and an unappealing option for intruders.

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Follow our 5 simple security rules when constructing your perfect home:

1 Securing your perimeters
Security designs should firstly look at securing the very edge of your land or plot. Make sure your land is protected with a strong, well maintained perimeter wall. Consider a local stone wall or tall, close-board fence around your entire perimeter to put off anyone looking for an easy entrance into your grounds. These walls can be monitored by CCTV cameras for added protection. Make sure any gates are tall enough for people not to be able to look into your grounds, and are made from strong wood or metal. There are lots on the market to choose to complement any home design. For added protection choose an elegant, high-grade automated gate which can be controlled digitally from the comfort of your car as you arrive home.

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2 Noisy landscaping and visible security systems
Well thought out landscaping is probably the last thing on your mind when building the house of your dreams but it helps a new build fit into it’s surroundings and add the wow factor as people arrive at your home. When deciding on your landscaping materials, always use gravel or similar as it creates a noticeable noise which can give you warning when an unexpected visitor is walking or driving towards your home.

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UK Police advise that having a visible home burglar alarm and CCTV system can act as a deterrent and reduce your risk of burglar. These can be wireless or hardwired so speak to a reputable security company and they will talk through the options before you finalise your designs.

Keep your home well lit with security lighting which comes on when motion is detected. For a taste of luxury, install a lutron garden lighting system and will be able to digitally control your garden lighting and dimming whilst energy saving.

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Make sure your windows and doors all have a strong locking system

3 Loveable, lockable doors and windows
There are some lovely new door and window designs on the market so whether you’re choosing something simple and elegant or old and re-claimed, make sure your doors and windows have a robust locking system fitted.

Many new, contemporary homes are designed using floor to ceiling sheets of glass to give the home a bright and airy feel. This can make homes more vulnerable as assets can be easier to see from outside your property. Consider fitting internal blinds, a one-way glass or frosted glass option so you can enjoy the added light and view of your garden, whilst blocking people from looking into certain parts of your home.

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4 Smart home security
With the increasing use of smart phones and devices in our daily lives, consider how smart do you want your new home to be? We’ve mentioned some automated ideas above which help increase your home security such as, automated gates, CCTV, home intruder/burglar alarm etc and these can all be controlled via an app on your phone and tablet. You can monitor your home whilst you’re away, it’s that easy. Smart homes, add to your lifestyle and give you the peace of mind that your home is in safe hands.

5 Insurance specification is key
Always check your home insurance policy and adhere to all the security specification stated. For instance, your insurance company may ONLY payout in the case of a burglary if your cars are always kept in the garage and jewellery might only be protected if kept in a personal safe. The specification might also only protect you if you have a fully and regularly maintained home intruder/burglary alarm system. Be sure to read through your documents and keep checking the latest regulation as these can change from time to time.

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A clear security system brief for your designers and builders will help keep costs on track and all contractors understand exactly what you’re looking for in your new home build.

Let us help you, for a FREE no obligation quote for all your new home requirements, please call us on: 01235 413823 or simply book your perfect quotation slot on our  website here.

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Before you head off on your summer holiday..

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It’s that time of year when we all dig out our beach bags, charge our kindles and dust off our holiday gym kit and golf clubs. Your summer holiday is something you look forward to for months, you’ve told everyone where you’re going and how stunning the place is, you can’t wait. The flights are booked, travel insurance sorted, airport parking and car insurance booked, currency ordered and your mobile contract is holiday ready, but did you think about what you’re leaving behind?..

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Sure the cat will go to the cattery and Janet from next door will water the plants and take any packages whilst you’re away but how can you keep your home, safe when you’re not there?….

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Think safe and try our crime prevention tips before you head off on your summer holiday!

  • Lock windows and doors – don’t leave one open for the cat (fit a cat flap)
  • Don’t leave keys on the inside of doors – it’s easy for someone to unhook keys from the outside using a simple wire device via the letterbox
  • Give a neighbour a spare key and the alarm fob in case there’s a false alarm whilst on holiday
  • Give your home security a check up to make sure everything’s in full working order and change old batteries before you go
  • Make sure you have visible security sensors or cameras on the front of your home, on garages, outhouses and lockups
  • Increase the light on the front of your property with a light sensor and use timers to light the inside of your home
  • Lock cars, motorbikes, motorhomes, bicycles etc in the garage out of sight
  • If you haven’t got anyone popping round to look after the house, cancel papers whilst you’re away

For peace of mind you can call Helen at White Horse Security who can give you details of a fully monitored alarm system via Southern Monitoring, 24 hour protection for complete peace of mind whilst you’re away. 

Customers right now are also taking advantage of our annual maintenance package that ensures your alarm is in tip-top condition year round, why not get in touch for more information?..

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

“Wishing you a very sunny holiday building great memories!”  

White Horse Fire & Security

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

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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