Is Simply Having A Burglar Alarm Fitted Enough To Keep Your Home Safe?
Many people believe that by having a burglar alarm installed in their home that they have done everything to protect their families and their valuables. However, this is not the case. Of course having a burglar alarm installed will increase your home security, but there are many other measures to put in place to further improve the safety of your home.
The number of people in the UK who currently have a burglar alarm installed isn’t actually that high and many of those don’t even set the alarm. This article will provide some further information on the security measures you should be putting in place.
How Many Homes Have A Burglar Alarm?
Shockingly, only 40% of households in the UK have a burglar alarm fitted. This means there are literally millions of unprotected households in the UK which could easily fall victim to burglary. However, of the 40% of households which have a burglar alarm installed, 34% of those rarely set it. That’s a third of people who could be easily protecting their homes from burglary but are choosing not to.
Why Are People Not Utilising Their Security Systems?
Some people argue that just having an alarm with a visible bell box could be enough to deter a burglar, which can sometimes be true. But is it really worth the risk? Ultimately it isn’t. Some determined burglars could even be keeping watch of your home to monitor when you’re coming and going and listen out for the beeps of the alarm system.
In some cases they could even try to view the alarm panel through a window to gain knowledge of whether it is on or not – you should always ensure your alarm panel is out of view from windows. Some burglars will even take the risk of breaking in, knowing that if the alarm is set they have at least 60 seconds to flee.
When To Set The Alarm
The people who do set their alarms don’t always set them when required. People will happily set the alarm when they go out but don’t think it necessary to set it when home and in bed. A lot of burglaries occur at night and the intruders don’t tend to care if people are in the home when they enter.
An alarm would, however, alert you to their presence, which you may otherwise be unaware of if you’re sleeping, and would also likely scare them away.
How Burglar Alarms Will Provide Protection
Even in the event that someone does break into your home, the burglar alarm will massively reduce the amount of time the intruder can spend in your home without being caught. If the bell box isn’t enough to deter the burglar, the sound of the alarm will likely scare them and although they may get away with a few things, it will be no-where near as much as if the burglar were able to take as much time as they want.
Think About Your Home Insurance
Insurance should also come into mind when deciding whether or not to set your burglar alarm. If you have informed your insurance provider that there is a burglar alarm installed in your home, it could potentially invalidate your policy if you don’t set it and are subsequently burgled. The alarms can store a lot of data and will be able to recall when you did or did not set it, so you can’t even pretend it was set to cover your losses.
Take Additional Measures, Like Investing In A Home Safe
Although taking measures to ensure you have a burglar alarm installed and setting it whenever necessary, break-ins are at times unavoidable. This is why we would recommend you also have a home safe installed. By having a home safe installed in your house, you can be reassured that the most important or expensive items can’t be stolen if someone did enter your home.
Our range of home safes can be bolted to the floor or wall so that a burglar couldn’t simply leave with the entire safe. We also sell ranges of underfloor and wall safes, for if you don’t wish to advertise having a safe to any guests or intruders.
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