How do I protect my home when I’m out at work?

The prospect of vacant homes lying unattended all day is a massive temptation for burglars and a potential worry for us as all we leave our homes behind for a hard day at the office.

If you are spending many hours or working days away from home, improving your home security is is undoubtedly a worthwhile investment to help deter intruders.

Here are some tips on how you can secure your property while you’re out at work.

Regular maintenance

Keeping your siren box, alarm and CCTV system in obvious and good working order and ensure that you have signage (replace if worn or old) to show potential housebreakers that your home is protected. If your burglar alarm is outdated, you might want to install a new security system to benefit from the advances in security and convenience. The time may have come to consider a monitored alarm, wireless CCTV cameras, a door entry system and other technological advancements that allow you to control access to and monitor your property from anywhere.

Home CCTV systems

Thanks to wireless technology, security cameras for both interior and outdoor use are far less expensive than they formerly were and easier to install without invasive cabling. You may access live images from in- and outside your home while you’re away thanks to high quality Hikvision and Pyronix surveillance cameras that we at Ultimate Alarms install. Some of them also incorporate security lights, night vision capability and audio for two-way communication allowing complete monitoring of what’s going on in and around your home.

Door entry and access control

Smart locks allow you to share virtual keys with family and friends, monitor the lock’s status, and remotely unlock your front door, while smart alarms give you the freedom to create, operate, and get alerts via a smartphone or tablet when you’re in the office. Never again will you have to question whether you actually locked the front door when you left in a rush.

Outbuilding security

Always remember to store ladders and tools after using them as they can be used to break into your home if you leave them outside; it’s always best to secure them with a padlock and security cable in a shed or garage.

When selecting a padlock, you should take into account the value placed on the property that needs to be protected, the size and strength of the device to which the padlock will be attached, and the environment in which the padlock will be used. If the padlock will be used outdoors, you should always check the corrosion rating and don’t skimp on security rating just to save a few pounds. Additionally, check the security of any gates, garages, sheds, and outbuildings and consider adding sensors to them as part of your overall home security system.

Get a monitored alarm

A monitored alarm delivers true peace of mind as it means that professional security operators are remotely overseeing and responding to your home’s security system, every day of the year 24/7. This means that, unlike unmonitored systems, your alarm is never just ignored when you are at work, away for the day or off on holiday. For full protection we at Ultimate Alarms recommend installing a monitored burglar alarm as part of your overall home security. Call us for details of all of our home security packages.

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