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Securing our car yard after hours

Our car yard contains nearly all of our business assets so when we have vandals break in and create havoc with our cars, our whole business suffers. A lot of the time it's just teenagers causing trouble so it's important to make sure our security is visible and a little scary to them to try and convince them to move on. We use a combination of locks and chains, security dogs and big signs talking about the cameras we have in the yard. This blog is all about having a good security plan for your business when you're not there.

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It's an aspect of society we don't really like to think about.  However, in order to keep our families and our property safe, then it's vital for homeowners to address their security needs before an incident occurs — not afterwards.  It could be as simple as setting up a light-switch timer to make your home look occupied when it's empty, or as complicated as installing a full new security system.  It's entirely a case of balancing the price of the product with a high-quality, effective solution that works for you.  Here are a few security measures you could consider for your own home, to suit a variety of budgets.

Security Doors

If you're picturing a huge, steel-studded bank door, then think again.  A security door doesn't need to make your home look like Fort Knox; many modern doors are designed to look subtle as well as stand strong.  However, if you don't mind the look, then a heavy-duty look can also act as a big deterrent for would-be intruders.  Choose a door that's well-enforced around weak points at the handle, windows and hinge.  Make sure you pair it with a high-quality lock; choosing a cheap one means your door is as good as open.

CCTV

Again, this need not look massively conspicuous — but having a CCTV camera installed shows potential wrongdoers that their chances of getting caught are much higher than usual.  Showing that you've invested in CCTV also proves that you're thinking about your security, indicating that your home won't be an easy target even if intruders did manage to get inside.  Equally, if an incident of any kind should occur, CCTV footage is excellent material to hand over to the police.  It may be an investment, but it's certainly a wise one.

Anti-Climb Paint

Especially if you have a roof that allows potential burglars access to second-story windows, you should certainly consider anti-climb paint — sometimes also known as anti-vandal or non-drying paint.  This tar-like substance will stick to offenders as soon as they touch it, discouraging them from proceeding with their attempt to break in.  It's a good, cost-effective solution that will work for many homes.

Of course, individual living conditions may require different options.  If you live on a busy street, it may be wise to reinforce your lower-level windows; if you want to further deter intruders, then a fake burglar alarm box fixed to the outside of your home may do the trick.  However, these three options are a good place to start in developing a security plan for your home.