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Home Security Options

Choosing the right security system

When deciding on home security, you’ll need to consider your circumstances, what exactly you require and how you want to be able to use it. We’ll show you how to plan your system around your needs and what options to consider.

Do you rent?

If you rent, look for wireless and battery operated devices you can install yourself without damaging paintwork or walls. These are available for both CCTV and alarms and they’ll be easier to take with you when you move. Battery powered lights are a good option for maximum flexibility.

Do you own?

If you’re a homeowner, you can choose a complete security system which gives you wireless recording cameras, a digital video recorder, a series of sensors to place at different vulnerable points and an alarm and siren.

Do you want to use your smartphone?

Smartphones are making home security even more effective and easy to use and can perform a range of roles. You can use them to activate, deactivate and reprogramme CCTV and alarms, doing away with the need for separate control units. Smartphone systems can also alert you to alarms and allow you to respond, stream live footage from your cameras to your phone and even turn lights and music on and off remotely to give the impression your home is occupied when you’re out.


Surveillance helps to protect your business, home and loved ones by providing a highly visible deterrent and extremely useful evidence if a break-in occurs—so much so that homes with CCTV are 90% less likely to get burgled. Exciting digital innovations mean that effective live systems are a real option for nearly every householder. More powerful lenses, high capacity storage and wireless online recorders all cost less than analogue systems used to. You can even monitor and control them from your smartphone.

Outdoor or indoor cameras?

We stock all the latest equipment for outdoor and indoor use. An outdoor camera positioned near your main or rear door is a priority and monitoring your driveway and any outhouses is a valuable asset. Indoor cameras have many advantages too, including supervising the kids in another room or when you’re out, you can monitor a babysitter. You can also keep an eye on your property while on holiday.

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Security Lights

One of the simplest, low-cost deterrents and most popular security measures is to install security lighting. For maximum deterrence, go for a bright light that is activated by cutting-edge passive infrared (PIR) sensors. These have the latest heat-detecting, infrared sensors which activate when they sense changes in air temperature caused by a moving human body, so they won’t be activated by animals.

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It’s important to make sure that your various locks are up to the job, especially on critical entry points like back doors or easily accessible windows. Burglars are opportunistic and a good lock will sometimes be enough to deter them. We offer a full range of British Standards Institution (BSI) approved door locks, latches and bolts as well as secure window handles and locks. Take time to pick the ones best for your particular home layout and you’ll be rewarded with peace of mind.

Tips to secure your home

Door Locks

As most burglars enter homes by forcing the lock of a door, securing them is vital. There are three main types of exterior door lock:

Mortice Deadlock

Most wooden doors have both a mortice deadlock and a nightlatch for extra security.

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It’s recommended that you position your deadlock and nightlatch 45 - 60cm apart.

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UPVC Door Multipoint Lock

If you have a UPVC door it’s likely that you will have a multipoint locking system. Operated by a euro profile cylinder, basic ones can be forced in under 2 minutes so it’s worth upgrading to a British Standard euro profile cylinder.

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Multipoint locking systems have a finite life so it’s beneficial to check for signs of failure and best to replace your lock if the answer is yes to any of these questions:

  • Does your door handle droop excessively or feel loose?
  • Are the locking points showing signs of damage or are they worn?
  • Does your handle make a clunking or grinding noise when operated?
  • Does one or more of the locking points fail to operate fully when you lift the handle?

Learn how to fit locks and alarms and prevent hazards in your home with our helpful how to guides.