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Whether you’re going away on holidays, work long hours or a busy schedule means you leave your home unoccupied for long periods of time, home security can put your mind at ease.
According to the experts, there are three main options: Hooking up an alarm system, installing CCTV cameras, or a combination of both.
In the era of smart homes, home security has become a lot more high-tech but Justin Nesvanulica, managing director of Signal Security, says an old-school alarm system that makes noise if crooks break into your home is one of the most effective deterrents for break-ins.
“There’s a whole range of things coming onto the market but I’m a strong believer that some of the traditional forms of security are the best,” he says. “An alarm system helps deter people, but if someone does break in it helps minimise loss because if the siren is going off the person who has broken in isn’t going to spend a whole lot of time in your home.”
CCTV cameras that record what goes on outside your front door, in your home and in the backyard also act as a deterrent. And if anything does go wrong, they can provide a timeline of events and even help police to identify wrongdoers.
“We like to think of CCTV cameras as a preventative measure first, but at the same time you’re going to have some sort of record if anything were to happen,” says Louis Thorp from Castle Security.
“Anyone who has an issue with security and wants a little bit more piece of mind, or anyone who wants to keep an eye on their home or garden, is a perfect client for CCTV. We put a lot in for people with pools who want it purely in case anything happens.”
If you’re especially worried about security, combining an alarm system with CCTV cameras is an effective strategy, says Justin.
“Installing an alarm system that makes noise if someone breaks in and having that connected to a professional monitoring service allows us to see if there’s anyone on the premises and, if need be, notify police, ambulance or the fire brigade,” he says.
Plus, the deterrent factor also doubles. “The white box out the front with the blue flashing light provides an indication that there is an alarm system in the home, and if it’s professionally monitored the majority of security companies will provide window stickers letting people know the home is monitored 24 hours a day, which adds that next layer of protection,” says Justin.
If you’re after even more control, Louis believes home security systems of the future will go one step further by eliminating the middle man and allowing self-monitoring. “You’ll be able to incorporate the alarm system, the CCTV cameras and self-monitoring into the one system and you’ll have everything running off the one app,” he says.