What security do I need in my new home?
Are you one of the many thousand of people buying their first new home in Oxfordshire and now looking to secure your new property?
We can work with the architectural plans if your home hasn't been built yet and is in construction phase, we can work with these plans to advice the security you would need to install once the house has been built and you are ready to move in. Or if you have the keys to your new property and have began moving in, our team can quickly install the latest wireless home burglar alarm with smart app, key fobs, secure panel with battery back-up in the event of loss of electricity and digital keypad.
For a two bedroom terrace house you will be looking at installing a simple security solution with a bell box to the front of the property working as a visual deterrent, door contacts to the front and rear or side door and motion detectors to ground floor and one on the landing.
The panel will normally be located in the hallway next to the electrics coming into the house to create the hard-wired element and have a back-up battery to the panel. The keypad is generally placed beneath or to the side of the panel.
What is a PIR Motion Sensor?
A 'PIR' motion detector or sensor is the element that detects motion in the property once the alarm is armed. To prevent false alarms we can install animal pet detection that works differently to allow your animals to walk about the property without setting the alarm off.
Once the alarm is set and you have left the building, the motion detector will trigger the alarm if there is anything that passes across the beam. You will receive an alert on your smart phone app which you can either recognise immediately as a false alarm and can re-set remotely from your phone or you would phone the police or key-holders to check the property if you are unable to return to the property yourself.
For a wireless alarm system, all PIR motion detectors are wirelessly attached into the property, eliminating any mess or protruding wires.
I have a detached property with separate garage where my home office is located - what security to do I need?
A detached property poses larger security risks for the owner as there are more physical ways to gain access to the property. Our engineers are trained to think like a thief (take a look at our blog on this subject here) to design the best security system for your detached property.
For a property of this size our engineers would be designing something that had 4-5 PIR motion detectors around the property, an external bell to the front elevation and rear or side property to act as a security deterrent, a panel hard-wired to the main electrical supply in the hallway or hidden in a downstairs cupboard or toilet closet, wireless key pad with smart phone app and key fobs. You will have several door contacts attached to the front, rear and garage door to create a robust security system for the property.
For a garage that is connected to the main house, a PIR motion detector would be suggested for this area to trigger the alarm in the event of an intruder gaining entrance.
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I have a garden room - do I need security?
We suggest for external properties not attached to the main building to have a motion detector fitted linked to the main security panel in the home.
For an extra layer of security, we can install security lighting to the exterior of the building to deter a burglar from entering the building as it is easier to gain entry undetected in dark environments.
My home is a rental, can I install a burglar alarm?
Our team have previously worked with landlords and estate agents to advice costs and location of electrical equipment. We haven't experienced any complications with installing a security system in to a rental property although it is something you must have approval of prior to works carried out as we can not be held responsible for miss-information of property ownership.
Please refer to one of our rental customers who was moving countries and much of the conversations via email and late evening phone calls. We helped provide all the information necessary to the landlord and agent for the customer to move in and have a wireless home security system installed immediately. Please read their experience of our services here.
I have bought a new apartment, do I need security?
There are some beautiful new apartments popping up around Oxfordshire, Berkshire and London to cope with the demand of our expanding science, mathematical and engineering (STEM) offer in the UK, as the increasing supply of positions in our science and business parks across this area are booming so too are the number of properties available.
For a new build apartment you will generally have an electronic door entry system with keypad and key fob supplied, some may also have video entry system to view the caller.
However there will not usually be any further security features in the individual apartments and as many have balconies and therefore an added risk of a burglar gaining entry to the property, it is suggested to install a wireless burglar alarm with motion detectors and keypad and key fobs to secure your property.
I have a Grade II listed thatched property, what security can be installed?
Although graded properties are subject to strict guidelines when altering the property in any way and this may also include features to walls, windows and doorways, we have found no difficulty with installing security systems to listed properties and in most cases your insurance company will insist on it.
Particularly in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and areas just outside of London, we are fortunate to have stunning period properties with thatched roofing, many of our pubs also have this which we have installed and now maintain their security systems.
We have largely found security for listed property to not have a problem installing internally, however dependent on the grade you potentially couldn't install an external bell, however for an alarm to make a sound (and you don't actually have to install this element at all for the alarm to operate) we can install an internal bell for the alarm to ring and not cause damage to the listed property.
For obvious reasons if you have bought a thatched cottage or a listed property, you will need to ensure your fire alarm is in tip-top condition and tested regularly.
At White Horse Security our engineers install and maintain fire systems in residential and commercial properties and are experts with installing fire alarms in thatched roofing spaces and graded properties.
Please get in touch with our team to arrange a free proposal or an annual maintenance check up - 01235 413823.