Remember, Remember the Month of November

November – it’s one of the most exciting months of the year in many ways, with autumnal colours all around, bonfire night and fireworks displays, every excuse to eat toffee apples (surely that’s one of your five-a-day?) and cosy nights leading up to Christmas. November is a prime time for shopping, for meeting friends for… Read more »

The Surprising Weak Spot in Many Homes

Many new build homes have a security flaw built in that most people don’t think about – the garage. Having a garage is very desirable and even if you don’t use it for car parking, it’s a valuable asset to any home for storage. Increasingly, people are using their garages as utility rooms, housing a… Read more »

Security for rental properties – what can I do?

Rental properties are more likely to be targeted by burglars than owner-occupied homes, and this is largely due to the fact that neither landlord nor tenant has much of an incentive to invest in security beyond the basics of insurance approved door and window locks. Security lighting may have been installed, but generally speaking burglar… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Worried about data security? You should be

Having in-home CCTV is becoming more popular with homeowners wanting to check on pets, children or house-sitters and with the rise in connected devices and the Internet of Things people expect to be able to operate their heating, their security systems and even their lighting from their phone. This is all great, because there have… Read more »

Will a burglar alarm stop my home from being targeted?

This is a common question, but one which isn’t easy to answer. There are a number of factors which can make your home an unattractive target for burglars, and a burglar alarm is one of them. An alarm is a visible part of a security system, so a clean and well-maintained alarm box does serve… Read more »