What is the best way to catch burglars?

A news story has revealed how one home owner in London, caught a burglary suspect with a camera initially set up to film wildlife.  This story reveals just how useful these cameras can be in catching thieves and clamping down on burglaries.

If you’re worried about garden theft and burglary, this is one top security measure that we would recommend. If you are thinking about installing a home security camera system, location of your cameras is key.

Don't make it easy for thieves to get to your home

Don’t make it easy for thieves to get to your home

Choosing a security camera

When choosing your home security camera, check that you receive a clear image in both the day and night time. There are a variety of different security cameras available such as infra red security cameras, dome cameras, pro box cameras, pan tilt zoom cameras and hidden cameras. Each of these cameras will offer a different image quality and will meet different user needs.

When placing your security camera choose an area which is both high up and sheltered from the elements.  Placing your security camera near the roof will also give you the best view and reduce the risk of vandalism.  Make sure you fit enough cameras to cover all entrances to your home and garden.

Other ways to secure your home

Fitting security cameras is just one of the many ways that you can secure your home. We’ve come up with a number of tips to protect your home and garden from theft. 

Choosing the best safe for your valuables

The third week of National Home Security Month is focussing on protecting the valuables inside your home. By valuables, we mean the things that cannot be easily replaced such as cash, jewellery and family heirlooms. You may think that hiding these items under the bead, in your freezer or in your dresser draw is sufficient, but you’ll be surprised at how quickly an experience burglar will find these items.

The best and most secure way to keep your valuables safe is by storing them in a safe. Who’d have thought it? There are a variety of safes on the market and it can be difficult to know where to start, when choosing the best one for your home but we’re here to make it simple for you.

Security safes are categorised in ‘Cash Ratings’. Cash Ratings are the monetary amount an insurance underwriter would usually insure the contents of the safe for. For some valuables and most jewellery this figure would be multiplied by 10. For example, a £5,000 cash rated safe would be fine to store that amount of currency or £50,000 worth of jewellery.

Safe grades and cash ratings

Grade 0: £6000
Grade 1: £10,000
Grade 2: £17,500
Grade 3: £35,000
Grade 4: £60,000
Grade 5: £100,000
Grade 6: £150,000
Grade 7: £250,000
Grade 8: £400,000
Grade 9: £650,000
Grade 10: £1,000,000
Grade 11: £1,500,000
Grade 12: £2,250,000
Grade 13: £3,500,000

Protect your valuables in a home safe

Protect your valuables in a home safe

For reassurance of your safes security, it should be tested by the ECBS and Sold Secure or the Loss Prevention Certification Board.

Fire resistance

Don’t assume the safe you pick will be fire resistant.  Most safes offer some level of fire resistance, however reasonable levels of fire protection are only provided by properly certified models. Your fire resistant safe should have a certificate from the LFS (new European standard for safes), SP (highly reputable Swedish laboratory) or the UL (an American laboratory).

Safe locking mechanism

Stay clear of safes that have combination locks and cheap electronic locks. Any electronic safe less than £100 can be opened using basic tools. Higher security electronic locks offer a variety of features such as multiple user codes, time delay, time locks and audit trails giving a history of the lock’s usage.

Fitting a safe

A safe is only as secure as its fixings. If you want the best security, it is best to get your safe installed by a professional. Your safe should be secured against two walls, to stop it being rocked from its fixings.

So what are you waiting for? Remove all of the valuables hiding under your bed and store them in a secure safe today.

 

What is the crime risk in your area?

National Home Security Month is officially here and this week is all about knowing the level of crime risk in your area.

National Home Security Month has launched a free crime watcher app, available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play, which displays burglary statistics within a mile of your home during a one month period.

Another way to find out more about the crime where you live is by using the police.uk website. Easy and simple to use, all you have to do is enter your postcode and it will bring up all of the crimes in your area, featuring everything from anti-social behaviour to burglary.

You might be surprised at what the figures reveal. If these figures are worse than you thought they would be, now isn’t the time to panic. Use this information to appropriately secure your home and avoid becoming another statistic.

Protecting your home from thieves

Keep thieves out of your home

How to easily keep your home secure

Fit an alarm

I’ve found that the mere presence of an alarm acts as a deterrent to thieves. An alarm on the front of your home, will be one of the first things than an attempting burglar will see and could mean the difference between getting burgled and not.

Always close and lock your windows and doors

Never leave your windows open when you aren’t home and always make sure your doors and windows are locked, even if you are just out in the garden. You wouldn’t believe how quickly an expert thief can get into your home and take your most valuable and expensive items.

I had a neighbour who always left her back door open during the summer, needless to say that she was burgled a couple of times while she was home. Moral of the story, don’t risk it, lock it!

Protect your home this winter

Protect your home this winter

Keep your home well lit

As the dark nights draw near, light will be one of your closest allies. Don’t leave your house in complete darkness. An outdoor security light is a must have item to deter thieves, it is also a good idea to leave one light on inside your home when you are out.

 

National Home Security Month

October is almost upon us, a month which is known for Halloween and turning the clocks back (here in the UK anyway). However I’m sure many of you didn’t realise that October is also National Home Security Month.

As winter approaches, our nights get longer which means there is more chance for burglars to strike. National Home Security Month has been designed to help create awareness around home security, highlighting ways that people can keep their homes safe during the darker evenings.

National Home Security Month is sponsored by Yale and Asgard Secure Steel Storage is happy to be a proud official supporter.

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Each week of October will focus on a different home security issue.

  • The 1st to 6th October is all about knowing the crime risk in your area and how to find out more about burglaries near where you live.
  • The 7th to 13th October will focus on how to secure your windows and doors.
  • The 14th to 20th October will be full of tips on how to keep your valuables safe.
  • The 21st to 27th October is going to be all about outside protection, an Asgard speciality!
  • Finally the 28th the 31st October will be looking at the future technology of home security.

As an official supporter of National Home Security Month, we’ll be providing you with information and advice on how to keep your home safe.

Find out more on the National Home Security Month website.

NEW Asgard High Security Garden Shed

The newest addition the Asgard high security shed range is here, the Annexe metal garden shed. This new high security shed has been designed to provide your garden with the toughest secure storage.  Asgard metal sheds are designed and manufactured in the UK to the highest standards, this new high security shed is no different and is fitted from top to bottom with tough heavy duty features.

Annexe high security garden shed

Annexe high security garden shed

Inside this metal shed there is plenty of room for expensive gardening equipment and power tools, which will all be locked away safely to give you peace of mind.  This high security shed is made from weatherproof steel panels and is fitted with a robust shed locking system, which features a pick resistant euro cylinder lock to keep thieves out!

Weatherproof steel shed

Weatherproof steel shed

Additional features also include a full integral metal floor and reinforced doors, hinges and panels.  All of these heavy duty features have resulted in this high security shed being approved by the Loss Prevention Certification Board to level 1, which may help to reduce insurance premiums. Find out more about this metal shed on the Asgard wesbsite.