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The sun is shining (we hope,) 

The sky is blue (yes, please!) 

Don’t let a burglar spoil the view! (No thank you!) 

Last year an estimated six million Brits were planning a trip with an overnight stay during the Easter period.  And with so many of us away, it’s probably no wonder that the bank holiday weekend sees a peak in burglary.

With your last minute preparations, it only takes a moment and some simple measures to make sure you’re not at risk. And here, we’ve put together five helpful ways for you to minimise a chance of a break-in whilst you and your family are enjoying some time away, hopefully in the sunshine!

Lock all doors and windows

It sounds basic, but a surprising number of burglaries take place because people have forgotten to lock all the doors and windows. Some people even keep a few windows open for airflow whilst they’re away. 

Leaving your doors and windows unlocked is an open invitation to burglars and makes it more difficult to claim on insurance, so always double-check them before you leave and to be extra safe install a double lock on your front door.

Avoid hiding spare keys

Many homeowners still keep a spare set of keys somewhere in front of their house. This is a bad habit and a major security risk. Your key is never as hidden as well as you think and experienced burglars will know all the common hiding places. 

If you have arranged for a neighbour or friend to check your post whilst you’re away, lending them a spare key is a far safer alternative.

Make it look like you are at home

Very few burglars have been known to strike when they think someone is at home. Many thieves are opportunists and if it looks like you’re on holiday they will be more inclined to try their luck. 

Making it look like you’re at home is a simple and effective security measure. Keep up appearances with daily routines by asking a neighbour to open your curtains and check the post / newspapers, mowing the lawn before you leave and installing an outdoor light which automatically turns on for a couple of hours each evening are just a few examples. 

Better still; invest in an outdoor light with motion detectors, so that anyone who walks past triggers the light to come on.

Visible Security

Burglars will not try to break-in if they fear they will get caught. Savvy burglars will know of all the latest security devices, and they’ll avoid homes if they know that there are effective security solutions in place. Sometimes, even just a security sign can deter a burglar from breaking in, so get your devices set up, and make sure burglars know that your home is protected.

Smart Technology

Smartphone connected security devices offers instant visual verification. Equipped with cameras and motion detectors, they can send live video footage straight to you or your neighbours’ fingertips, meaning you can respond to and prevent suspicious activity before it happens.

And on the subject of smart – be wise to how much you share on your social media channels about your holiday plans.  You may think your social media is available to your friends only, but be aware of other prying eyes!

Maybe just stick to how much chocolate you can really take in one weekend….

INTRUDER

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CCTV

CCTV Installation can let you know who is at your door, help prevent incidents and criminal activity and help protect people and property.  Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) works around the clock to help detect and deter crime, providing organisations with vital information.  Many existing users of CCTV installation are failing to realise the full potential of their system and the benefits it can provide.

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DESIGN

Amthal's team of surveyors and system design engineers include individuals with industry experience of over 20 years combined with technology specialists who's purpose it is to keep up with the ever changing industry technology, products and integration.

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INSTALLATION

We are regularly audited by the SSAIB & BAFE to ensure all systems we install meet current BS & EU industry standard requirements, Our experienced and skilled staff will deliver the design, installation and commissioning of the entire system.

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MAINTENANCE

Preventative service visits form part of our industries codes of practice and are essential to ensure your electronic fire & security systems work effectively when most required.  Amthal's service & maintenance Contract customers receive priority response for all site and telephone support 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

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MONITORING

Amthal partners with EMCS, the UK's leading independent alarm receiving centre.  EMCS is approved by the security industry governing bodies NACOSS and BSIA to BS5979 and ISO9000. Their monitoring environment is resistant to any possible attack or power failures.  All incoming telephone calls are responded to within 10 seconds!

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