Amthal Fire & Security is working with homeowners to ensure home security is up to date to protect what’s precious, following Police insights suggesting burglary will no longer be a top priority to follow up.
Latest figures have revealed four out of five burglaries are never solved. And top Police personnel have highlighted the severe budget cuts faced by the Force are leading to the prioritising of call outs.
Amthal is urging homeowners to make sure at the very least door entry points and alarm systems are properly maintained.
Says Paul Rosenthal, Sales Director at Amthal Fire & Security: “Sara Thornton, Head of The National Police Chief’s Council has revealed that budget cuts to Policing means crimes have to be prioritised, which is of due concern to homeowners and local communities across the UK.
“However, there are ways that we can work proactively with the Police to be more efficient. At the very least, we urge homeowners to upgrade locks and security for doors and windows to make sure there home is secure. Investing in the latest smart alarm systems can also go along way to beat the burglar.
“The Police is also encouraging use of CCTV across the home so that in the unfortunate event of a burglary, there is real visual evidence of a crime taking place, giving the Police more chance of catching the perpetrator.
“Starting right from the basics of home security, we would encourage homeowners to act now, especially in summer months when burglaries tend to rise as opportunists take advantage of the increase in empty homes of those on holiday.”
Here’s Amthal Fire & Security’s five top tips to ensure your home is secure:
- Start with the basics. Check your locks adhere to the latest standards. It also helps to check your insurance policy to make sure your locks meet the standard stipulated, so that you know you’re definitely covered in case of a break-in.
- Don’t forget your windows! Windows are a common point of entry for burglars. Make sure all your windows are fitted with at least one appropriate lock, especially ground floor windows which have the potential to be accessed easily.
- Invest in a home alarm. A poll by Halifax found that 34% of householders with a home alarm said they rarely activated it. Latest smart phone alarm protects your home and works with a free app, which allows you to monitor the system even while you’re away.
- Don’t ignore CCTV. The country's most senior police officer, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan Howe has declared that every homeowner should consider fitting CCTV to help trap burglars. Today’s designs are unobtrusive and can be fitted to your home and barely even noticed.
- Sheds, garages and outbuildings. Many outbuildings contain sought-after valuable items, as well as ladders and tools that could prove useful for a burglar. As well as securing the outbuildings, if you do invest in a CCTV system, make sure you monitor the back of the house as well as the front.
If you are concerned about your home security, please contact Amthal Fire & Security.
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