Three Myths About Home SecurityAugust 17, 2018 10:00 am
When it comes to home security, there are a number of myths and misconceptions which people have come to take as gospel. However, since so many of these are mistaken, and following them can leave your home vulnerable to burglars.
In this blog, we will outline some of the biggest mistakes that people make in terms of home security in order to arm yourselves against home invasions.
Three Myths About Home Security
When it comes to protecting your home, people typically make three mistakes:
- Assuming that a dog is always good for home security.
- Thinking CCTV cameras will make you a target.
- Believing that burglars look like burglars.
Beware of the Dog?
Dogs are fantastic creatures, and many people feel that having one around the home is an added level of security. People tend to think that burglars don’t want to deal with animals. However, this isn’t necessarily true.
The reports and opinions of ex-burglars are conflicted in regards to whether or not dogs put them off. Some state that a barking dog is unnecessary attention that they do not need and that when a tenacious dog appeared at the door or window they were about to force open they will think twice about going any further.
However, other burglars report that seeing a dog is the ideal situation. When you realise that there is a pet within a home, you know there is a reasonably good chance the home alarm is turned off so that they do not trip it. For many thieves, pet households are the ideal situation.
In short, we can’t be sure whether or not dogs are actively good for home security, and it largely comes down to how alert and loud your dog actually is!
CCTV Cameras are Effective
One of the stranger theories that we have come across is that CCTV cameras make your home more tempting to thieves. The logic is that they show you have certain affluence and that thieves can expect to find a treasure trove of belongings inside.
Burglar interviews, however, do not back up this idea. The majority of ex-thieve interviews we have heard suggest that the more conscious of security a family and home look, the less likely they are to try and break in. CCTV cameras show that you have taken significant steps to defend their property.
Remember; thieves don’t want to get caught. There are things of value in every home, and their priority is looking for easy targets. Going for the low hanging fruit is the most sustainable way for them to continue their careers in illegal activity.
Installing CCTV cameras is one of the most effective deterrents that you can employ and a fantastically cost-effective way to secure your home. Give us a call now on 0808 164 0280.
Anyone Can Be a Burglar
Many people picture burglars as almost pantomime villains, shady looking men creeping around neighbourhoods looking for rich looking homes to break into. Other people imagine suspicious looking people in tracksuits, smashing windows at opportune moments and selling it down the pub that night.
However, this is just not the case. Thieves are often professionals, making a career out of their crime, and know fine well that looking like a stereotypical villain is a good way of attracting attention and ultimately getting caught.
As such, good thieves will often wear things that you might not expect. Some might opt to wear three-piece suits while carrying a briefcase in order to look ‘above’ petty crime. Others might choose to wear high-vis vests in order to look like a worker or contractor. Many people would not expect these outfits to befit a burglar and may allow them to get to work without interruption.
In short, keep your eyes peeled and never take anything for granted. If you see someone behaving suspiciously, call the police. They may already expect a suspect to be in the area, and the person might even fit a prior description.
Upgrade Your Defences
At SSH Fire & Security, we offer a number of solutions which you can use to secure both domestic and commercial settings. We provide various services including:
- CCTV Cameras
- Intruder Alarms
- Door Entry Systems
Our technicians have a wealth of experience in installing these security systems within homes and can work with you to come up with a solution which accommodates both your specific needs as well as your budget.
We so significant research in order to track down the finest products and are committed to delivering reasonable prices to ensure we provide the most cost-effective security options available.
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