What You Need to Know About Home Security Systems

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To protect your home from burglaries, you need to have more than just a great home contents insurance policy, high walls and reliable locks on your doors. To protect your home as best as possible, and potentially pay much lower home insurance premiums, you also need to have a thorough home security system in place.

When choosing a home security system, you need to take your home, its contents, access to your home, as well as your entire premises and outbuildings into account. You need to think like a thief, and consider every possible way in which someone could gain access to your premises. Before you call on security companies to come give you a quote, it helps to understand the various features of home security systems to determine what should be implemented and what costs need to be discussed:


Automated Lights:

Automated timers for lights are a crucial feature of any security system. The timers will ensure that the lights go on and off at stipulated times that mimic your movements within the home. Outdoor lighting usually works on a timer, but it is good to automate bedroom and living room lights too so that it looks like you are at home, even if you are not.

Alarm System:

This is a very common security system feature. We all remember coming home, opening the door and running to the touchpad to quickly punch in the pin before the siren starts blaring. Nowadays, alarm systems are a bit more advanced. With specialised remote controls and wireless technology, you can set and disarm your alarm system from a set distance within your premises. This remote will also often include a panic button, which leads us to the next point…

Panic Buttons:

It is very important that your panic buttons (and alarm system) are linked to an armed response unit. Panic buttons should be installed strategically throughout the house, as well as on a remote as mentioned above. Chat to your security company about the best placement for panic buttons in your home.

Outdoor Beams:

It is all very well to have an alarm in place and burglar bars on your windows to prevent unwanted access into your home, but preventing anyone from trying to break into your house is a safer measure. There are reputable beam systems that can be installed in your garden and along the perimeter of your home that will set off the alarm system if they are compromised. If you have pets, ensure that you install beams which are only triggered by a certain height, weight and shape. Most security companies offer pet-friendly garden beams.


Electric Fencing and Gates:

Getting out of your vehicle to open the gate to your property can put you at risk of a hijacking. This is why an automated gate is a security ‘must’. In addition to this, consider installing electric fencing around your gate and perimeter walls to deter would-be burglars from jumping into your property.

Surveillance Cameras: 

Installing surveillance cameras above your front gate and at strategic spots around your perimeter can help you to monitor what is going on outside; particularly if you notice anything amiss at night, or if you would simply like to check who is ringing your intercom. Place a panic button next to your surveillance camera’s monitor so that you will be able to alert your armed response company to any suspicious activity as quickly as possible.


Fortunately, there are many secure, effective security systems available to homeowners. There are also efficient security companies that have regular armed response patrols and a promised response time in the event of an active alarm signal or panic button activation. Shop around for a security system, ask for advice from friends and family and ensure that you are getting the best company on board for your home security needs. Don’t forget to brief and educate the whole family on how the security system works so that everyone is utilising it to the best of its ability.


For a thorough home insurance policy to protect your belongings and home contents, contact King Price today for an obligation-free quote.