How to keep your pets as safe as your home

Our pets are part of the family, so we should take the same care to keep them safe and healthy as we do with the human members of our clans. The most obvious thing to do is to have a collar with your details on for cats and dogs, as well as a microchip. Collars… Read more »

Gifting Home Security this Christmas

If you’re in the midst of Christmas shopping and still have a few names not ticked off the list yet then why not consider giving the gift of home security? It’s a practical gift which conveys a lot of love and care towards your giftee – what says “I love you and want you to… Read more »

Video doorbells – how do they work?

Video doorbells are everywhere at the moment. The adverts are on TV all the time, showing us the benefit of being able to see who is outside your home and how you can talk to them, and several of the houses in my street have invested in a video doorbell. They’re a great idea on… Read more »

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 »