Home automation is all about being able to take electronic control of household devices. This could be anything from clocks and computers to kettles and washing machines.
Smart houses and home automation have transformed the world of security by connecting locks, lights, alarms and surveillance equipment to the internet. The result is improved property protection for homeowners who are able to increase security at the touch of a button or by voice command.
Marking up your valuables can act as a deterrent to thieves as clearly identifiable property is more difficult to sell and its value is reduced for the thief.
Plus, you are more likely to have your property returned to you in the event of it being lost or stolen if it’s identifiably yours.
When it comes to securing your home, a burglar alarm offers increased protection and peace of mind.
There are a variety of intruder alarm systems on the market with different types of detectors to choose from, and it’s the positioning of these sensors that’s key to the effectiveness of the alarm.
Each year, one in seven households has something stolen from their garden according to crime statistics.
It’s hardly surprising, as a typical garden can often have up to £5,000 of goods on display if you take into account table and chairs, barbecues, water features and expensive shrubs.
Two 6ft bay trees that cost £200 each were recently removed from one garden while Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire now only keeps its rare snowdrops (street value £100) on limited display as they have had so many stolen.
About *60% of burglaries occur when there is nobody at home
Before you can relax on your holiday, you need the peace of mind of knowing your home is safe in your absence. From securing windows and doors to cancelling the milk, here are a few points to consider.
Burglars are quick to take advantage of any unlocked doors or windows – and they can also force their way into a property with surprising speed too.
Here we take a look at some of the common entry points thieves use to get into homes.