Future Home Security is this weeks topic for National Home Security Month, which follows on from last weeks advice which focused on security outside the home. This week we will look at the future of home security such as digital door viewers ( seeing who is knocking on your door ), digital door locks, remote cctv alarm systems and finally some tips on social media awareness.
1. Digital Door Viewer
Sees who’s at your Door before you open it with a digital door viewer.
The advantages of a digital door viewer and common features on most viewers are:
- Easy to fit and install in a new place or existing door
- Easy to remove if you move
- Motion sensor
- LCD display
- HD video and image recorders
Take it further with video/audio intercoms
Ideal for apartments and flats where you can find out who’s at the front door and remotely allow them access. May be of use to the elderly who can converse with visitors without having to leave the comfort of their living room for example
2. Digital Door Locks
Advantages of using a Digital Door Lock?
- No use for keys and having to deal with lost keys – simple keyless entry.
- Fast access – some use remote controls, so you can quickly access the property when if its raining
- Can be used with existing door lock fittings
- Internal and external use
- Ideal for use in the home, offices, flats & apartments, schools/colleges/universities & restricted areas
There are 2 main types of digital lock:-
Electronic – required power (either mains or battery)
Mechanical – no power required, mechanically operated push button locks (recent British Standard BS8607 generated to test these sorts of locks)
What type off Electronic digital locks are there?
- Electronic keypad – just a enter a code to gain access
- Biometric – e.g. Fingerprint recognition
- Smart Cards – mostly used in hotels and office building
What type of doors can a digital lock be fitted on?
- UPVC Doors
- Timber and Wood Doors
- Aluminum and Glass Doors
I want a digital lock lock what should I do next?
We recommend you speak with your local MLA approved locksmith, many are experts in supply, fitting, repairing and servicing digital locks.
3. Remotely Accessible CCTV Systems
Advantages of a Remote CCTV System
- A remote CCTV system is an effective way to keep a watchful eye on your property while you’re not there.
- A lot of them can be remotely viewed either via Internet access or by smartphone.
- Some alarms can notify you when the alarm is activated, allowing you check whats going on in your home.
Don’t confront intruders if you notice them
The only thing worth highlighting is that you shouldn’t confront any intruders you see via your remotely accessible security and should simply notify the police. (However for guaranteed police response you will require a professionally installed and monitored alarm system)
4. Social Media – Going Away Don’t Advertise It!
Going on holiday? Leaving a empty house? Don’t advertise it on social media
When leaving your home for a winter break or visiting relatives don’t advertise your empty house on social media.
Xmas/Birthday Gifts – Don’t showcase your belongings to potential burglars on social media
You don’t want to showcase your new belongings to potential burglars. Remember the most common stolen items in a household burglary are usually 1) Laptops and Cameras 2) Jewellery and 3) Mobile phones/Mp3 players.
For expert advice on future proofing your home security contact your local MLA locksmith who will be able to advise accordingly.