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Burglaries are on the rise: protecting your home

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It’s a topic we have talked about before, but one that we cannot stress enough: protecting your home from burglars. With a recent BBC story on the rise in burglaries and drop in convictions, we felt it was worth discussing again to make sure that everyone’s home and their belongings are safe and secure. In summary, the figures quoted in the report highlight a 6% rise in reports of burglary across England and Wales, coupled with a 33% drop in the number of charges brought against offenders. So what can you do to make sure your home is secure and what is it that burglars are really looking for? Continue reading…

My house keys were stolen! What do I do next?

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It is everyone’s nightmare, whether you are a homeowner, are renting, or have rented out your own property to someone else – the house keys are stolen! First things, first. Don’t panic, help is at hand. Let’s take a look at the steps you should take if this ever happens to you. Continue reading…

Video-controlled door access: the pros and cons

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Whether you are looking after your home or your business premises, security will be one of your top concerns. Not only are you looking out for the safety and security of your family or employees, but the nature of your business may be such that it requires additional measures to deter break-ins, damage, or theft. The new GDPR rules (General Data Protection Regulation) are also more likely than not to be something that you need to take into consideration, whether you are a data holder or processor. Continue reading…

Tools to help secure your doors and windows

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Last month we looked at ways to keep your property safe from burglars by taking a virtual walk around your home and focusing on tips and tricks to make it less attractive to burglars. For a quick recap here is that article. This month we take it one step further and take a closer look at the tools you can use to secure your doors and windows to make it harder for burglars to break in if they do decide to take their chances. Continue reading…

Making sure your property is safe

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It is something that we cannot emphasise enough: there is a lot that you can do to keep your home safe from burglars and that should always be the first place to start from. Security systems offer a very good layer of protection but if you are not vigilant then it could be that your insurance company does not pay out in the event that you do get burgled. This month we take a look at your home to see how you can make it safer. Look at it from the perspective of a burglar and you will no doubt spot a few things that you can change quickly and at little or no cost. Continue reading…

CCTV and GDPR – what you need to know

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A while ago we talked about the use of CCTV as a security measure – see the article here. Within that we covered an important issue around informing people that they are likely to be captured on CCTV. This now becomes a serious regulatory issue if you are a business owner with CCTV on their premises given the imminent introduction of the GDPR – the General Data Protection Regulation. Continue reading…

How to keep your home safe from fire

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There has been a lot in the media lately about fire safety. The tragedies of high-rise building fires in recent years across the country have raised our awareness of the devastation it can bring and of the fire hazards found around the home. This month we take a look at the things you can do to minimise the risk and keep your home safe. Continue reading…

What to do if you’ve been burgled

What to do if you’ve been burgled

Last month we looked at the ways in which you can secure your home over the festive period to minimise the chances of being burgled. Sometimes, no matter what we do, disaster strikes and we are the unlucky ones who come home to a home that has been broken into and our possessions stolen. It is never pleasant walking in after an evening with family or friends or coming home from a few days away to find our homes have been violated. Unfortunately, the chances of a break-in over the festive period are higher than at any other time of the year and the instances of burglary are increasing year-on-year according to a recent Telegraph article. Continue reading…

How to keep your home safe over the holidays

How to keep your home safe over the holidays

You always want your home to be safe and secure, but it is particularly vulnerable during the Christmas season and especially if you are going away on holiday. To avoid break-ins and theft, and to have complete peace of mind while you are away, follow our tips and tricks to make sure you come back to an untouched home. Continue reading…