Sign-up to receive great home ideas, competition details, free magazines and Expo news by email!
Security plays an important role in the homeowners’ life and luckily security has come a long way in making it as convenient as possible to control and access. From digital security cameras to remote-controlled locks, many home security systems are automated and controlled via an app on your phone. For those going away, this may add some peace of mind. There are, however, a few easy ways to improve your security at home beyond a security system.
It is a good idea to give people the impression that someone is home. This can be done by using timers to switch the TV or the radio on like someone is home. You can also incorporate sensor lights that come on when it is dark and go off when the sun comes up. Ask a friend or family member to collect your post and even give your place a once over from the outside before they leave.
If you plan on leaving your home alone regularly, it is advised to avoid any glass or windows near doors. This can make it easy for criminals to access other parts of your home and essentially gain access. This can be like a garage door remote close to your sliding door which a criminal can easily snatch and use to get in.
Motion-activated lights are also a safe way to stop an intruder in their tracks. Most burglars will feel threatened when a spotlight is on them and run the other way. Make sure your neighbours report any suspicious activity around your house.
Remove any valuables that can be spotted or that are close to doors and windows. Experts say that if it doesn’t look like you have much to steal, it can be enough to encourage burglars to move on to the next house. If you have a nice car, keep it in the garage. If you have a big TV, keep the windows closed at night. If you just bought something new and expensive, don’t leave the packaging in the street.
The quickest way to get your home security automated is by using easy to use “plug–in devices”. Some smart automation products do not require any additional bridges or hubs, only a Wi-Fi connection. You can plug the device in, pair it with your smartphone and be up and running with your first smart home installation.
Smart home automation allows you to control light switches, dimmer controls, and power monitoring that reacts to environmental changes, such as temperature. The most important thing about home automation is good Wi-Fi. A second key factor would be to familiarise yourself with the integration of products such as Google Home and Amazon Alexa to extend the capabilities of your solution beyond simply on and off.
Once you have a basic foundation for your system, you can extend the capabilities of your smart home without too many additional expenses.
Smart automation for your home is an excellent way to know what is going on when you are not there.
Find a security supplier right here!Read More
South African citizens are spending more on private security than ever before as protecting our families and businesses is a top priority for most of us. One of the most effective ways for early warning and detection systems is CCTV camera installations.
The number one benefit of a CCTV system installation is the deterring of criminals. Various studies have shown a significant reduction in criminal activities in areas with camera surveillance. Pointing cameras towards points of entry is the most strategic placing of a CCTV device, as well as perimeter surveillance.
The ability to monitor your premises from anywhere in the world as well as linking your system to your local security company is an added benefit to the standard alarm system. This offers peace of mind that your property is being watched and you have some control in the palm of your hand.
Another great benefit is the potential reduction in insurance premiums. The better your security system, the lower the risk of potential criminal activity, e.g. burglaries.
Contrary to what you might think, CCTV systems are cost-effective. After installation, the system requires minimal maintenance and repairs when installed correctly. By ensuring that the cameras are cleaned from debris and software updates are done regularly, your system will give you years of top performance.
New technology also reduces false alarms by up to 90% by distinguishing between human and vehicular movements, also eliminating false alarms caused by the movement of animals, plants and dust particles.
In conclusion, securing your home or business may not be as expensive or as complicated as you might have thought. Securing now may benefit you greatly in the long run.Read More
Options for making your home secure are constantly evolving to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Security shutters offer peace of mind, style, and a great opportunity to update your security with an option that matches your décor style. Here are three perks to investing in security shutters as part of your home security system.
Aluminium security shutters provide reliable protection for your home while looking cosy and attractive. They can be custom-made in a range of colours and folding options to match your home’s existing look. Be sure to do your research, so that the shutters of your choice will be able to withstand different impacts and are not purely decorative.
Security shutters give you control over the amount of visibility and light that comes into your home. This is done by adjusting the louvres that can be angled to soften or enhance the amount of light while maintaining your privacy and security.
Aluminium security shutters can be used to protect windows or doors or to close-in outdoor areas or partition rooms. This makes them a versatile option for every room in your home. Bi-fold shutters are particularly useful for outdoor areas that need security and protection from the weather without compromising on space. Versatility is always welcomed by the homeowner and allows you to change this up as often as you require.
Considering the benefits of elegance, versatility, control and safety, aluminium security shutters are a great investment for your home.
You can find a vetted home security expert here.
Image by House of SupremeRead More
Xpanda Security have been securing South African homes for 45 years. Since starting production of specialised security barriers in 1974, they have grown to offer the widest and most comprehensive range of anti-burglar protection in the country.Read More
From alarm systems and security beams to burglar bars and electric fencing, there are a multitude of options to choose from when it comes to securing your home. Investing in retractable security gates is an affordable and effective physical security option to keep your home safe.
Here are five things to consider to ensure you get the most out of your retractable security gates.
Choose quality over cost to ensure lasting results. Opt for aluminium inserts and stainless steel bearings that will withstand long-term use and require less maintenance. Also consider what type of paint finish and coating is used. Polyester base powder coats will last longer, are easier to clean and have better UV resistance.
Your choice should not be solely based on price. Make it a positive investment that adds value to your property by buying a guaranteed, quality product and using an accredited installer.
Retractable security gates are versatile and can be used in different areas of your home depending on the security needs. If you are on a budget, consider dividing up the installation by adding retractable security gates to essential areas first.
Protecting your family at night should be your first priority. Therefore, the first place to install a retractable security gate should be in the passage leading to your bedroom. This way you can sleep better knowing that you and your family are separately secured.
The next step would be to secure main entries such as front and back doors, sliding doors and patios. There is also the option of including retractable security gates over windows instead of fixed burglar bars.
Retractable security barrier can take up a bit of space when stacked, taking up an average of 20% of the width of the opening space. This needs to be taken into consideration if you plan on moving things in and out of the room regularly.
Choosing a neutral colour for your retractable security gate will help it blend in to your home and ensure it matches your decor even if you change things up.
Security generally works best in groups. As a deterrent, retractable security gates work best if they have a double lock system.
A spring-loaded lock that shuts automatically when the gate is slid closed is ideal for emergency barrier situations. A tradition dead lock system adds security at night or when you are away as the double lock ensures the gate is securely closed and more difficult to pick open.
Depending on your needs, retractable security gates can be installed on the interior or exterior of your home. When acting as an additional barrier in entryways, it is recommended that gates are installed internally.
As a final barrier to your home, retractable security gates should work in conjunction with additional security measures such as sensors and an alarm system. Having them inside means burglars have to break through exterior doors, setting off the alarm before getting through the security gate.
The retractable security gate then acts as a better deterrent as it will slow the burglar down while your security company is alerted to the break in.
Having your retractable security gate indoors also protects it from the weather, helping it to operate smoothly for a longer period of time.
If your retractable security gate is on the outside of your home, make sure to have it coated in a high-quality paint and clear debris from the bottom track regularly to maintain all moving parts.
Retractable security gates are useful physical barriers that delay burglars, act as a deterrent for break-ins and are effective barriers in emergencies. The bonus is that they are able to provide ventilation and visibility even when closed. It is important to consider quality over price when installing a retractable security gate to ensure they are a long-term investment for you property.
Find a security gate expert here.Read More