So the dark mornings and nights are here. If there’s one thing burglars don’t like, its light. It isn’t exactly safe to break into a house while a spotlight is shining on you, and even worse if there are several lights that alert the home owner.
It’s true more burglaries are being commited during the daylight hours than previously. But dark nights allow more time to break into houses and go unnoticed. It also means the burglars can take their time to unload the loot from the house
At almost every house where we carry out a security assessment we recommend a security light, usually 2, unless they already have one.
At this time of the year however, the hardest thing to understand is when people post on twitter or facebook that they have been christmas shopping! Burglars live for this time of year. Keep your goods out of site, out of the way of being spotted through the window, out of the car, and keep your doors locked, even during the day.
Get a security assessment from a pro, because they dont look at keeping people out, they look at how to currently get in to a house.
Alarm servicing is an important part of your security system. In it’s entirety it makes sure that everything the alarm is supposed to do works correctly.
If the alarm is listed on your insurance policy you could void your cover if you do not carry out a yearly service; even if everything is working.
Part of the service will be to check that the battery power is sufficient and possibly replace it. But servicing doesn’t stop there. Every PIR sensor and door contact, every panic button, keypad, speaker, siren and any other devices should be tested to ensure they work accordingly. Cabling should be checked where possible and it would also be a good time to change your user code.
Your alarm service provider should be able to check you are using the system properly and advise on any changes. The siren or bell box outside should be checked too and cleaned up; a new sticker or label should be applied where the old one has faded or is missing. This shows clearly that the alarm is serviced, checked and in working order.
Contact details of the service provider should be applied to your system and you should get a receipt which is dated. You may need this receipt for your insurance provider in the event of making a claim or renewal. If you can’t prove to your insurance company that your system was serviced in the current year then this too could void your warranty.
Not sure when your alarm was serviced last? Not sure which part of your home is covered? Not sure if previous owners know the user code? Any questions you have about your system should be asked to your security service provider.
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