What Home Security Measures Are Most Common?
When you’re deciding how to secure your home, it’s always best to speak to security experts. That said, many people want to know what their neighbours are doing, and more broadly which security measures are the most common across the board. After all, you don’t want to be the only one without security lighting, for example
In this post, we’ll look at the most common security measures according to a survey by consumer group Which – plus the merits or drawbacks of each option.
Deadlocks on doors – 65%
The most common security measure for homes is a deadlock on doors. This makes it far more difficult to force entry compared to a spring lock, which can be retracted by applying force. While it’s very popular and certainly important, it’s something of a bear minimum when it comes to home security. The same is true for 42% of people who have multiple locks and 23% who use a security chain.
Outdoor security lighting – 57%
Outdoor security lighting is another popular security measure. With good reason too. It illuminates the space outside your home – typically around doors – whenever movement is detected. As well as being a convenient light when you’re trying to find your keys, that lets potential criminals know they can be seen.
Intruder alarm – 45%
Next on the list is an intruder alarm, which acts as an effective deterrent for burglars. If the worst does happen, the alarm will alert people in your home, those nearby or even the authorities, ensuring a fast response.
A further 17% use a dummy alarm box. While this may be useful as a deterrent, it’s really not worth the risk of burglars calling your bluff.
Timed lighting – 34%
Over a third of people have timed lighting in their home, turning indoor lights on and off while they’re out to create the impression that they’re inside. More advanced systems allow you to control lights through your smartphone with smart or automated lighting.
Dog in the house – 16%
Now onto one of the less effective measures. Some people rely on their furry companion to protect their home. However, as we’ve discussed in the past, dogs are best left as man’s best friends – rather than man’s best security measure.
Dogs generally don’t attack intruders the way you would expect. Even if they do, your dog could be hurt by the intruder, or you could be open to some tricky legal complications. Above all else, there are a multitude of more effective options.
Security cameras – 16%
Surprisingly low on the list are security cameras, with less than two in ten homes having them. Security cameras are arguably the most effective deterrent with intruders knowing there will be evidence of whatever they do. If they do proceed, you’re best placed to catch the culprit with footage of them on your property.
Reinforced windows – 10%
After trying doors, many intruders will head to the windows to break into your property. That’s why it’s important to have secure windows. Alongside reinforced windows, used on one in 10 homes, you can bolster security by having intruder alarms linked to windows and cameras that point at them.
Talk to home security experts
If you want to find out which of the above options is best for you, it’s time to speak to the experts. With a wide range of state-of-the-art security products and wealth of home security experience, the team at Selectron can recommend the right solutions to keep your home secure.
Speak to our team today to find out more about our home security solutions and how we can help you.
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