Concerns over Lack of ‘Basic’ Home Security in the South East

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How secure is your home? According to a regional survey, households in the South East of England are trailing behind the rest of the UK when it comes to ‘basic’ home security.

This December, Surrey firm Advance Security surveyed 500 households across the South East on their home security measures. Just 40.8 percent of respondents said they have window locks and a tiny 7.6 percent have double locks or deadlocks. A shocking 33.8 percent said they have no form of home security whatsoever.

These results are significantly below the national average.* In England and Wales overall, the most common home security devices are window locks, present in 88 percent of households, and double locks or deadlocks, present in 83 percent of households, while 75 percent of households have both devices. In contrast, just 48.4 percent of households in the South East have this ‘basic’ level of home security.

Advance Security Screening says these results suggest that residents in the South East are particularly vulnerable to burglary, and advises local homeowners to consider taking on extra security measures in time for Christmas.

Security lights on a timer are the least popular device in the South East (used in just 3.8 percent of households), followed by door chains or bars (4.4 percent). But according to Advance Security, these inexpensive devices could provide a valuable layer of defence:

“Even simple measures can be effective. There is no evidence that one single type of security device alone lowers your risk of burglary; however, the risk is significantly lowered when multiple security devices are used in combination – for example, window locks with double locks or deadlocks. Most burglars are opportunists, so the more obstacles you put in their way, the more likely they are to give up.”

“We also know that certain types of households, for example student and rented accommodation, are more likely to fall victim to burglary, yet less likely to install security devices. We would particularly advise residents of these households to speak to their landlords about making improvements to their home security.”

But even the most secure households can fall victim to burglary if they leave themselves vulnerable:

“During the holidays, people tend to be more relaxed about home security. In addition to using security devices, there are simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of a Christmas burglary. For example, do not feed Christmas lights through open windows and don’t advertise your gifts by leaving the packaging out on display on Boxing Day.”

Advance Security Screening hopes that the survey results will encourage local residents to review their home security in time for a safe and secure Christmas.

Protect Your Business Investments with A Retail Security System

When it comes to your business, you have invested a great deal into whatever it is you do. You have probably put hundreds, or possibly thousands, of hours of your life into your enterprise, and possibly a great deal of financial investment as well. It just makes sense that you take proper measures to protect the investment, and a retail security system is a good one to have in your line up of business protection.

Retail security systems range from basic surveillance and alarm systems, to highly sophisticated systems that address nearly all your retail concerns from loss prevention to explosive detections and intruders alerts. Obviously, not every business needs extreme security measures, but nearly every business can gain from having at least a basic retail security system in place.

Most stores and businesses where there is a great traffic volume will want a surveillance system. This can do two things, record all the comings and goings of your business, as well as any illegal activity. And, in case of customer complaints or safety violations claims, it can offer factual documentation of your establishment’s condition and actions, depending on the complaint, of course.

Another retail security system to consider, namely if you have many small and highly portable items, like a clothing or accessory shop, is a loss prevention system of some sort. There are various tag systems where items are fitted with a tag that will cause an alarm to sound when the item passes a certain point unauthorized.

Do not hesitate to contact a security specialist who can help define the weak or vulnerable areas of your business, and suggest the best methods and products to help secure them. A retail security system tailored specifically for your establishment’s needs is well worth the initial investment, as it protects your business investments long term.