Home security is becoming increasingly important for any home owner. Because of the continually depreciating value of home security technology, many insurance companies are now offering vastly reduced premiums for homes protected by home security and in many cases require that you have some level of home security if you own a large property with valuable items. Home security not only protects your home from intrusion by raising an alarm against intruders, but also acts as an important deterrent against burglars. There are a range of options when looking for security products, ranging from alarms to full CCTV cameras. Here, let’s look at the best types of products available and why they are important. 


Security alarms have been around for some time now and are often an effective first line of defence against any attempted burglary. They use a motion sensor and simply raise an alarm which can not only be heard by the surrounding neighbours, but if you choose, can also be linked to external security teams by remote access control (see below). The flashing alarm box on the front of a home has become a regular feature in Britain and it works as an excellent deterrent against thieves. Faced with the choice between an alarmed house and an unprotected house, a burglar will always choose the latter. Furthermore, if an intruder does sound an alarm within the home, the less time they have to root through your belongings and the more likely they will get caught.


Much like an alarm, CCTV is a great form of deterrent. This is why it is essential to advertise CCTV against any potential intruder by making sure cameras are clearly visible and that they are signposted. One of the great advantages of CCTV in any home security system is that it gives the police a body of evidence on which they can act promptly and quickly in order to identify clues which may help them find an intruder. This often means they can recover your belongings before they have been lost on the black market. CCTV will also support any insurance claims you make. If you want someone to be monitoring your CCTV system at all times, this can be done through remote access control.

Remote access control

Remote access control is usually used by commercial organisations for security systems covering large properties. However, it is becoming increasingly popular for people to use remote access control within the home. Remote monitoring allows your CCTV images and alarm system to be observed from a remote location by a 24 hour team of highly trained staff who specialise in 24 hour CCTV monitoring. If a situation arises at your household, they will quickly alert yourself and the relevant authorities.

Alastair Crew has been working in the surveillance industry for more than fifteen years, offering advice and guidance as a consultant for commercial customers and residential property owners. Alastair frequently reviews the latest home security system in a range of newspapers, magazines and online media.