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GUIDE TO HOME SECURITY
It is a well-known fact that outdoor lighting is one of the most effective ways to protect your property against vandalism and burglary. Intruders obviously do not want to be visible as they attempt to break and enter a house or do damage to property. Therefore approach lighting, back door lighting and certainly lighting along a side alley to your house should be fitted.
Remember that the back and sides of your house are often more vulnerable than the front.
PIR sensor controlled lighting only turns on if the sensor detects body heat or movement i.e. someone walking by within its detection area. PIR sensors are available with floodlights, more subdued approach lights and porch lights. They are also available separately so you can locate the sensor away from the light.
In addition to PIR lighting UK crime prevention officers promote constant all night illumination as an effective deterrent to intrusion. Ask yourself, which of these properties would YOU choose to break in to?
Dusk to Dawn lighting provides all-night illumination. The light will automatically switch on when natural light dims to a certain level. This level is adjustable by you. The benefit is that your house will look occupied at night, even when you are away on holiday, providing a deterrent to intruders. This lighting is often very energy efficient as less power is used and can cost as little as 1p per night to run.
Hi-Lo lighting combines the advantages of both PIR and Dusk to Dawn lighting. It switches on automatically to a low level of brightness when natural light dims at dusk and remains on until dawn. When it senses movement or body heat within its detection range, it switches to full brightness for a period of time you can pre-determine. Many of the features of Security lighting are adjustable. How adjustable will depend on the particular light you chose. See in store for details or our latest range.
Burglar Alarm systems are chiefly based upon the use of (a) magnetic contacts on doors and windows which will activate the alarm if the contacts are separated, and (b) interior Passive Infra Red Detectors which react to body heat and movement in an arc in front of the units. If any unit senses disruptive movement when it is in an ‘armed’ mode, the unit causes alarms to be sounded. With the Passive Infra Red Detectors - PlRs - carefully located it is clear that it would be possible to have units keeping a watchful ‘eye’ on all parts of the house. In reality just two or three strategically placed will provide an excellent level of security.
As further protection some PIRs and other components are also personalised by the setting of a series of internal switches called dipswitches. The exception to this is the shed/garage alarm that is key operated.
When choosing an alarm you will need to identify the number of “at risk areas” or protected zones that you will require. Protected means watched over by one or more devices that will, when in an ‘armed’ mode, detect anyone moving in that area and set off the alarm.
The lounge and dining room, for example, are best linked to this circuit
and, at night, when the system is in ‘Part Set’ or ‘Home’ mode you simply must remember not to enter the protected areas. Don’t allow a dog or cat in either! You will however be able to move around freely upstairs and, depending upon the location of other
PIRs, perhaps even be able to go to the kitchen to make a cup of tea. When in ‘Full Set’ mode every single detector is armed and nobody can move around anywhere in the home. This is the setting to use only when everybody is out of the house.
There is no limit to the number of detectors that can be added to the Wire Free systems provided they are within the radio range of the alarm system. When you come to fit the system you will always find a telephone helpline number to call if you encounter difficulties.
Other home security related pages:-
Home security tips - how to beat the burglar.
security - basic precautions.
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