How To Protect Your Property From Metal Theft

metal roof theft

The challenges faced in the UK due to metal theft are becoming increasingly significant. It severely impacts the power, transport and telecommunication sectors, as well as affecting national heritage sites, churches and vacant properties. According to figures from the Home Office, at its peak, metal theft was estimated to cost the economy £220 million per year. In addition, the theft of copper cabling from the railway network in one year alone is estimated to have cost £16 million – not…

Protecting a Vacant Property with Insurance as a Landlord

Protecting a Vacant Property with Insurance as a Landlord

There are many scenarios that may lead to a landlord having a vacant property. But how do you protect a home when you don’t live there? We explore the steps that a landlord should take to protect their investment if it does become empty. Landlords can often find themselves with a vacant property. For instance, their tenants could be on holiday for a long period of time, or they could be in between tenants, or suffering a void period. The…

Intruder False Alarms And How To Prevent Them

Intruder False Alarms And How To Prevent Them

Security alarms are a helpful deterrent to ward off potential intruders but, although these clever bits of kits may be helping to fend off con artists, they can be known to be ‘trigger happy’ over what constitutes a break-in. Here we outline the most common reasons for false alarms and how you can prevent them from happening. When animals set off your alarm Research carried out by consumer watchdog Which? has revealed 30% of false burglar alarms are triggered by…

Making a Listed Property Safe and Secure

Making a Listed Property Safe and Secure

England is home to many historic, period and heritage properties and sites. The National Heritage List for England contains details of all listed properties in England as well as historic monuments, protected wrecks, parks, gardens and battlefields. Securing a listed property or site needs to be done sensitively, so that the unique characteristics of the building are not compromised. Unfortunately, many properties of historic interest have outdated or inadequate security systems which, coupled with the fact they are often situated…

Property Security Advice From Ex-burglars

Garden Tools Hanging Up

Recent crime figures show that only a small proportion of break-ins are ever solved. In many areas of the country – including neighbourhoods in Manchester, Leicester, Bristol, North London, Cambridge, Oxford and Canterbury – police failed to solve a single domestic burglary last year. So who better to turn to for advice when it comes to securing your property than those who have previously made a living out of breaking in? We’ve taken the hard work out of protecting your…

4 Trends in Home Security You’ll Want to Investigate

drone used for surveillance and home security

Trends, those cheeky ‘factors with the potential to make a significant impact’ are coming thick and fast on the home security market. Whether you’re a follower of trends and into technology or not, there’s no denying that some of what’s new on the scene is set to have not just a significant but a dynamic and exciting impact on how you choose to secure your home. #1: Smart Security Smart technology, devices within a home which are digitally connected and…

How Many Vacant Properties Are There in the UK?

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Since 2018 began there haven’t been many weeks passing by without media discussions about the UK’s housing crisis. These discussions and articles include frequent references to the numerous vacant properties the government are urging local councils to bring back into use to ease the housing situation, as reported by the BBC. Yet as the calendar flicks to another month closer to halfway through the year, just what are the numbers involved in these empty property discussions – and are they…

Most Innovative Security Products From Across the Globe

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Security products have come a long way in recent years, but this decade and into the next seem set for security products to become smarter than ever before – thanks to the latest SMART technology and digital convenience. So what’s upcoming…? AI – Robotics Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics are fast becoming part of our homes anyway – from HIVE-type home electronics and utilities management, to Google and Amazon products which many of us have integrated into our homes as…

How Monitored Alarm Products Really Work

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Having an alarm system is one thing, but an alarm is only as effective as the response to it. In recent years, a survey commissioned by GoCompare showed that up to three quarters of Brits ignore traditional burglar alarms: those alarms which emit the alarm sound as the only alert system. The difference between a monitored alarm and an unmonitored one is that an unmonitored alarm relies on someone being present – either at the property, a passer-by or a…

The Most Iconic Abandoned Buildings in the World

Craco, Italy abandoned buildings

Most of us know of a neglected, abandoned building in our local area, usually one that’s boarded up and looking distinctly in need of a makeover. But across the world, some of these ‘local’ abandoned properties deserve a closer look, as examples of iconic architecture and ancient civilizations… Machu Picchu – Peru Now a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the acknowledged Seven Wonders of the World, the breath-taking but forsaken buildings of Machu Picchu, high up in the…