When securing your home against would-be thieves and intruders, there are certain actions it’s advisable to take. Ensuring that all your home locks are in working order and that your UPVC windows are sturdy and secure is top of the list, but there are other methods you may also wish to employ.
One of the most popular methods of home security is to install CCTV around your property. This is not as expensive as you may think, and has a host of benefits.
It acts as a deterrent
Announcing your CCTV set-up via a window sticker or prominent outside camera is one way to warn burglars from your property. CCTV is by its very nature designed to be concealed, so although one camera is visible, the assumption is that there may be many more cameras dotted around your property which may not be noticed. No thief wants to leave any evidence at the scene of a crime, and the possibility of their actions being recorded by an unseen camera can act as a strong deterrent.
It can help identify criminals
If you are unfortunate enough to be the victim of a burglary, a recording of the offence in question can be a great help to law enforcement. Even if the culprit’s face is covered, the police will be able to obtain a description of the intruder, or even track his subsequent movements via street-based CCTV in the hours following the incident. If a suspect is caught, CCTV footage is a powerful tool in helping to prosecute a criminal, which will of course help to keep the surrounding neighbourhood safer in the future.
You can monitor your property while you’re away
Advances in mobile technology have made digital video easier than ever to manage. By connecting your CCTV to your home network, you can set up a video stream that can be accessed anywhere there’s internet access. Both the Apple and Android app stores have a wide selection of CCTV apps which you can download, letting you keep an eye on your home via your smartphone screen, wherever you are in the world.
It doesn’t require much upkeep
CCTV is a very low maintenance form of home security. Once it’s all set up, you can just leave it rolling and go about your daily business. Digital CCTV connects to an external hard drive which – depending on the capacity – can usually record around a month’s worth of video before it runs out of space. If you have the need to go through the recordings, you can do so as required, otherwise all you need to do is remember to wipe the hard drive every few weeks.
Offers peace of mind
As with all aspects of home security, it offers a certain peace of mind to know you’ve done as much as possible to protect your property. Here at All Masons Locksmiths, we make home security our business, and can even offer you a free security survey to help you assess your home. We’re experts in CCTV instillation and alarms, as well as window locks, UPVC fittings, lock replacement, and 24-7 emergency locksmithing. Whatever your home security needs, be sure to get in touch for more information and advice.