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Keeping your home safe whilst away on holiday

With the summer break looming, it’s time to start preparing for this year’s summer holiday. You may have already booked something a long time ago, or you may be holding out for a last-minute deal. Perhaps driving off to a campsite is more your thing. Whichever way you choose to spend your summer holiday, the reality is that you will be away from home for at least a few days. How can you be sure your property is safe in your absence? Here are our top tips.

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Pet-friendly alarms: how to secure your home when you have pets

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If you have been thinking about getting a home security alarm but have been hesitating because you fear your pets may trigger it, fear not! As a nation of pet lovers, it would have been highly unlikely that systems to take pets into consideration had not been developed. Indeed, you actually have choices. And we don’t mean relying on Bella to bark at potential intruders – she no doubt thinks the postman and bin men are intruders raising hell around the neighbourhood every day. So let’s take a look at what your options are so that you, and Bella, can sleep soundly at night.

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Is my alarm up to date?

If you have had your home security alarm for a while or have recently moved into a new property that already had an alarm installed you may be wondering whether it is up to date or not. It’s a valid concern. With the fast-moving pace of technology changes over the last couple of decades, things can easily be out of date quickly. But that doesn’t mean that it won’t still do the job it was meant to do or that it can’t continue to do so with a small upgrade. In this month’s article we take a look at how to check your system and what you can do to upgrade it. Continue reading…

What kind of alarm do you need to keep your home safe?

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When you have a home filled with the things and people you love, you want to be sure that it is as safe as it can be. Burglars operate year-round, come rain or shine. All they need is an opportunity to slip in and relieve you of some of your valuables and they can find that in the depths of winter under the cover of darkness or in full daylight in the height of summer. Continue reading…

I’ve moved in and need help with the existing alarm

Moving is always exciting, if a little stressful as well, but overall a positive experience. There’s lots to discover as you start to unpack and find new places for everything, figure out how the boiler and heating work, where the water, gas, and electricity meters are, and get the hot water to work for that first relaxing, hot soak in the new bath. Continue reading…

Alarm servicing – what you need to know and do

When it comes to security alarms, whether for your home or business, it is not enough to simply install it and forget about it. As with any system, it needs to be checked regularly to ensure it is in good working order and there must be a servicing and maintenance schedule in place as well. All too often, alarms fail because improper maintenance has been undertaken – or worse, none at all. We turn our attention this month to why servicing is important and why it should not be forgotten. Continue reading…

Keeping your home secure in the winter darkness

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The long and dark nights of winter are a burglar’s dream. They provide a longer period of darkness that they can operate under and provide ample opportunity for them to act – it is dark sooner yet still quiet in the neighbourhood while everyone else is still at work or out. Don’t despair though! There are plenty of things you can do to reduce your chances of being burgled and to deter would-be burglars from targeting your property. Here are some basic and easy-to-implement tips to help you stay safe this winter. Continue reading…

Christmas and the rise in burglaries – how to ensure your property is safe

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It’s that time of year when people close up their homes and go away on holiday to warmer climates. For those who stay at home, it is a time of festive cheer and exchanging gifts with friends and loved ones. Whether you stay home or go away for Christmas, it can be a dangerous time as burglars will make the most of empty homes or piles of presents. We have talked about how to keep your home safe before, but here are our tips for those extra precautions you can take to keep your home and loved ones safe as Christmas approaches. Continue reading…

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…