A secure home: Stay one step ahead of burglars
Imagine returning home from a holiday or coming back from a concert late at night to discover that you’ve been the victim of a break-in. As the evenings draw in, burglaries in privately owned homes rise. In addition to the obvious material damage and loss, victims of burglaries also suffer psychological consequences. Burglaries are an intrusion into your personal, private space – a space that you associate with feeling safe – and losing control over this space can have a long-term impact on your life. Read on to find out how you can improve your home security and use smart technology to protect your property and your family against intruders.
How can I prevent burglars targeting my home, and which measures are most useful?
In 2018, the police recorded a 6% rise in offences of burglary in the UK. In Germany, the number of actual burglaries has decreased in recent years, however there has been an increase in the amount of attempted break ins. These failed attempts were unsuccessful thanks to modern technology that makes it increasingly difficult for intruders to break in.
Statistics show that if a burglar has not managed to gain access to your home via a door or window within two minutes, they will usually give up. Technical security measures are usually highly effective.
These solutions enable home owners to use a combination of security equipment and smart technology to protect their home.
Mechanical security as a first line of defence
Your first course of action should always be to secure your home with mechanical security equipment that is designed to make it more difficult for intruders to force open your windows and doors. Mechanical protection includes manual barriers such as security locks, door latches or locked windows. Don’t just secure your main doors, but cover all points at which an intruder could gain entry to your home. Often, intruders manage to get in through a window. In addition to mechanical devices that make accessing your home more difficult, you can also install sensors that trigger an alarm when there is evidence of a break-in – when a window pane is broken, for example. If the worst does happen, the outside alarm siren alerts the neighbours, while the interior alarm ensures that you know what’s going on.
Protecting your home against intruders
Presence simulators deter potential burglars
With the latest electronic technology, there are even more ways to keep your home secure. Smart Home solutions such as the Gira HomeServer can be used to record your standard daily routines over a number of weeks, and then recreate this routine when you’re not at home. From the outside, it looks like you’re home and just going about your normal life: The TV is on in the living room, the lights in the rooms are switched on and off from time to time and the shutters are moved up or down every morning and evening as normal. As the system records your habits over a number of weeks it then recreates individual scenes randomly, potential burglars can’t be sure if you’re home, even if they observe your house for a number of days – and this should deter them from attempting to gain entry.
The Gira HomeServer enables you to monitor multiple areas of your home with cameras integrated directly into your building control system.
If a motion sensor detects activity on the property, the cameras in the relevant area automatically start recording and store their images.
The owner receives a smartphone notification to check out the action, enabling you to keep an eye on your home wherever you are.
Keyless access systems such as the Gira Keyless In Keypad or Keyless In Fingerprint offer additional peace of mind. With these systems, the door opens only after you have input a code or your fingerprint has been read, making your home even more secure. Both of these devices can be used independently or as part of the Gira door communication system.
Have you installed any systems or solutions to protect your home against intruders?