The start of the year is the perfect time to consider whether home security systems are still adequate, and to decide if changes are required. The easiest approach is to ask a number of basic questions – the replies will determine what you need to do next.
“When last did you test your home alarm system,” asks Fidelity ADT’s National Marketing and Communications Manager, Charnel Hattingh. “You must be sure that the system still works and that your security company will receive an alarm signal in case of an emergency.”
Hattingh says the next step is to make sure your security company has all your updated contact information on file, so that they know exactly who to contact in case of an emergency. This includes the details of secondary contact people, in case the main contact person is not reachable.
“Then, do a walk around your home and property. If you have big bushes or plants in your garden, make sure they don’t obscure any outdoors passive or infrared alarm sensors. For those who have done renovations to their homes, I would recommend checking if the new rooms are adequately covered by the alarm system.”
Hattingh also recommends storing valuables, such as bicycles and children’s toys, and anything that could be used to break into your home in a locked garage or shed.
CCTV systems are no longer as prohibitively expensive as they may have been in the past. Burglar bars, security gates and an alarm system linked to a reaction service are all also vital components of the solution.
“It is always best to get a professional in to assess your security solutions at home if you are unsure about whether it is still adequate. These experts will be able to identify any vulnerable areas and offer the best and modern solutions.”