Are dogs really good for home protection?

A survey of ex-offenders carried out by Co-op Insurance found that the second best deterrent for burglars looking to enter a home was the sound of a dog barking. Anyone with pets knows that it’s often the smaller dogs that make the most noise, and given that it’s the noise that puts thieves off any… Read more »

A brief history of crime and punishment

Since the start of human history theft has been a problem in society, from stealing food, clothes or other assets in ancient civilisations to the sophisticated cyber-fraud that happens today; there will always be someone who wants what other people have, and who will stoop to any depth to obtain it. Today, most theft is… Read more »

Which Types of Crime are Most Prevalent in the Summer?

It’s well known that most types of crime increase in the summer. Studies from around the world have shown a positive correlation between the temperature and reports of crime, with a 1°C increase in temperature leading to a 1.3% increase in crime. Scientists have looked at the reasons for this increase and think that the… Read more »

Video doorbells – good idea or potential weakness?

Video doorbells are the latest home security trend and can be a valuable addition to your home if you are frequently away from home or have a lot of deliveries. The video doorbell could be considered to be a form of access control – similar set ups have existed for apartment blocks for years but… Read more »

How clean is your house?

No, we’re not sending Kim and Aggie round with a mop bucket! We’re talking about your burglar alarm bell box. You may well be wondering why having a clean bell box is important, after all, if you have sought a reputable supplier with NSI Gold Standard accreditation like us, you’re safe and secure – you… Read more »

What do I need from an access control system?

Many businesses put off spending the money on an access control system, believing they can make do with traditional keys and written security protocols that employees are expected to follow, but in reality we know that there will always be employees who break the rules. Having a lot of keys on a key-ring can lead… Read more »

False alarm!

The sound of a fire alarm is deliberately awful on the ears as it is designed to alert you to danger. The alarm sounding is meant to set off a chain of events including evacuating the premises, locating the fire and taking appropriate measures to contain or extinguish the flames, if it is safe for… Read more »

Summer holiday security tips

Whether you’re going on holiday or making the most of your time at home, when the children are off you need to be doubly aware of their attitude to home security, as when they’re about to kick off the local football world cup with the rest of the children in the street, locking the door… Read more »

Your pre-holiday summer security checklist

We’ve drawn up security checklists for the summer to make sure you’re on top of your home security, all your alarms are working and your house is secure day-to-day, so we thought a checklist for before you go on holiday would also be a good idea. • If you have milk or papers delivered suspend… Read more »

Your summer home security checklist

We’re hoping for a good summer this year, but we can’t control the weather so we’ll just have to make the most of what we get. Barbecues need cleaning, there will be jobs to do in the garden like sanding down or painting furniture, washing patio furniture cushions and figuring out how that big umbrella… Read more »