Commercial properties typically are equipped with business security systems. We have installed hundreds in Northern Ireland. Homeowners, by contrast, often rarely invest in security solutions and rely on traditional locks to get the job done.
Lack of home security systems in Northern Ireland is not because homeowners do not care about home security. Instead, homeowners are often worried about the cost and complications of home security systems. However, the reality is that a home security system can be affordable, while being professionally installed by our team of expert engineers and very functional. All you need to do is learn the facts.
This guide covers the question of why you should get a home security CCTV and Alarm system.
The truth about home security systems
Home security alarms and CCTV camera systems use sensors to detect unwanted entry into your home or on to the outside of your property. These sensors (PIR detectors or IR detectors) may detect the movement of a door or window being opened or broken or when a virtual line is crossed. When activity is detected, the system will send an alert to your mobile devices (and the mobiles of friends and family if required) and can also trigger a high powered siren. If you invest in a monitored system, the alert will go directly to our control room where a trained security operator can take immediate action such as notifying the police, fire brigade or other persons you nominate.
You can invest in a system that suits your needs. You can get an alarm system to monitor smoke and carbon monoxide in addition to motion and even a system which detects water leakage or flooding. Alternatively, personal panic alarm key fobs or button systems can be installed to allow for activation in case of emergency. By tailoring the system to your needs, you can get the protection you want at a price you can afford with Advanced Overwatch.
Do security systems deter burglars?
The primary reason people choose a home monitored security system of some sort is because of burglary. According to the official numbers, there are more than 6078 burglaries each year in Northern Ireland. Moreover, the vast majority of these burglaries are in residential homes. That means that your home is a more appealing target than the business down the street. Clearly, these statistics are frightening.
However, according to local authorities, the presence of CCTV or other home security systems can help to reduce crime. In particular, a monitored security system can enhance the physical security of the property with the added benefit of alerting our control room of intrusions. When a burglar sees a home security system in place, the burglar is less likely to continue. And when several homes in the area have prominent security in place, the overall area becomes safer. So why get a home security system? It will reduce your risk of being a target for burglary.
Are home security systems effective?
Before you invest in a home security system, you would want to know whether it will get the job done. However, effectiveness can only be measured based on the type of system you choose. A simple security system will effectively alert you when someone enters your home without your permission. However, a more advanced security system may detect other problems. You could have a system that alerts you when there is the presence of smoke inside the home for example. As an SSAIB (Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board) certified company, we also offer police response to our customers. We handle all of the paperwork and can put things in place for the ultimate level of security at your home.
Statistically speaking, the numbers are in your favour if you invest in a home security system from Advanced Overwatch. Despite the prevalence of burglaries, most estimates suggest that less than a quarter of homeowners have a security system in place. Up to 70 percent of burglaries occur by forcing open a door or breaking a window. Even our basic security system will be able to detect this kind of activity. Moreover, most burglars will stop if they see a camera or sensor and the addition of our 110db street siren let’s any would-be burglars know that the entire street will know when something happens. This can stop a burglary before it starts.
Are wireless alarm systems reliable?
One of the latest advancements in home security is wireless technology. Traditional home security systems involve sensors that are wired. Wireless technology allows these sensors to communicate with the system without so much unsightly cabling and cost of labour. The reason people like wireless technology is that it is far neater and easier to expand the system or indeed have us move it later to another property. Wiring for a traditional security system is an involved and expensive process. Wireless alarms, therefore, are more accessible.
Most people are innately wary of the reliability of these systems, it is not hard to see why. Everyone has experienced issues with other wireless technology in their homes. The fact is that wireless systems are increasingly reliable. They are also proving to be far more versatile, they don’t use traditional WiFi the way a broadband router would for example. These systems can be connected to your phone or computer through applications. When you use your wireless system with the Advanced Overwatch security app, you can have instant access to all your security system. This gives you peace of mind even when you are far from home.
Advanced Overwatch is one of the most respected names in security in Northern Ireland, providing government, large and small businesses and home owners with the best in CCTV and Alarm security systems.
If you’d like to learn more about how our range of security systems work, contact our sales team who will be happy to arrange a free survey of your home and a demo of any of our systems.