Home security turned out to be a hot topic at a number of exhibitions this month where consumers could walk the floor and evaluate new automated systems that could provide security in and around their home.
A number of shows focused on novel product designs that could be integrated discreetly into any home to provide owners with added reassurance about security. Visitors could evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their own alarm systems against those on display, with a variety of updated versions all seeming to inspire them to upgrade.
WindowWare looked busy and happy as we walked the aisles at the Build Show, appearing pleased with a positive show; and there was plenty to keep Yale smiling, with an extremely busy stand in the Grand Designs hall at the NEC in Birmingham.
Meandering around the newly launched, major event, a particularly long evening sprang to mind that occurred not long before visiting the Grand Designs show, when a neighbour’s house suddenly exploded into two hours worth of klaxonic sound. The property was undergoing substantial renovation and it prompted me to think about what we should expect from a home security system should the worst happen.
In light of the fact that the system there was clearly very old, it did make me question what any of us do when we hear a house alarm in full flow. It would seem we just wait. Many presume perhaps, that irrespective of the time that has passed, that somewhere along the line the Police or security company have been notified and any potential burglary thwarted. In this instance a wire had been cut which had caused an electrical fault and subsequently the whole system had been brought to life, wailing on perpetually until it ran out of steam. My concern was not about the age of the system, nor even that after an hour and a half the noise storm was still in full swing but rather that there had been no response. Not a soul. An hour in and still there was no sign of anyone to check out the problem. A further hour later and a text arrived from an apologetic neighbour who stated that he had just arrived home and the alarm just had to run its course. I wondered how many people with older alarm systems that are not linked into private companies or video verification systems, realise the vulnerability of their properties.
While add-ons to alarm systems such as sensors, heating and plumbing monitors and services that provide medical assistance expand the use and value of security systems, it would seem that a combination of security measures is the answer, along with an annual check on the locks and bolts and subsequent replacement if necessary. Some security systems do give customers a sense of efficiency with highly effective monitoring centres, while others promote the idea of ensuring products are coded properly, so if there is a technical fault it can easily be found.
Barking dogs may still seem a great additional deterrent but it’s been shown that experienced burglars know how to bypass the pet. Having visited the UK Construction Week exhibition at the NEC this month, it would seem a combination of tried, tested and trusted security systems including multi-point locks, dead bolts, cctv, security gates and home automation continue to be the winning formula that prevents the need for Police notification or intervention. The fact remains that prevention is evidently better than cure.
It certainly will be interesting to discover what the annual Security and Policing event will highlight in March next year, as the country increasingly has to focus on tighter security and protection.
Without doubt, events such as these bring together those with a common goal of providing improved security options and reassurance at a time when nationally, it has never been more needed.
Article written by Helen Duval