1st Choice Installs Intruder Alarms in Luton
We may not have enjoyed being stuck at home during the recent lock downs, but burglars in Luton enjoyed them even less. Theft from residential houses in Luton has fallen by nearly 40% over the past year – simply because homes were rarely left empty. Crime stats show that the volume started to creep back up over the summer in 2020, and the same is true in 2021. Which may be why the 1st Choice team is installing more intruder alarms in Luton as people head back to the office.
How Domestic Burglars Operate
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) collects data year-on-year about how and when burglaries occur. In the period April 2019 – March 2020, the ONS recorded the following statistics:
- 70% of domestic burglaries took place on week days, when people were at work.
- 38% of burglaries in homes took place in broad daylight.
- The majority of burglars – 59% – entered by the front door.
- 78.9% of intruders used a door (back or front) to access the property.
- Most burglars forced a lock to enter the property (43.4%) but a surprising 19.7% entered through unlocked doors.
Protecting Your Home Against Intruders
The ONS statistics offer a clear steer on how to protect your home if you leave it unoccupied during weekdays. First and foremost, always check that your doors and windows are locked before leaving the house. A year of not having to worry too much about protecting your home can lead to complacency. Intruders will be making up for lost time as the UK returns to normal, so you need to be on your guard.
The stats show that even locked doors are not too much of a barrier to an experienced burglar. Which is where the intruder alarm comes in. 1st Choice Security Systems engineers recommend them as the basic building block of securing your property against crime.
3 Ways in Which an Intruder Alarm Protects Your Property
An intruder alarm takes into account the ways in which burglars access properties, and provides appropriate protection. The 3 key components are:
- Door Contacts. These are sensors that alert your system to any doors being opened or closed.
- PIR Motion Sensors. These are used to detect whether a human has moved in or out of the range of the sensor.
- Shock Detectors. These are designed to pick up vibrations within the house, whether it’s glass shattering or falling items.
‘Bells Only’ or ‘Monitored’ System
If an intruder is detected in your home, the role of the alarm is to make a noise about it. You can choose to install a ‘bells only’ system which will alert your neighbourhood, or a monitored system where a call centre either alerts the police, or a named keyholder. If you live in an area populated largely by commuters, the monitored system would serve you best. ‘Bells Only’ alarms work best where there’s an active neighbourhood who’ll respond to your alarm.
About 1st Choice Security Systems
The 1st Choice team is a leading provider of security systems in Luton and South Bedfordshire. For nearly 2 decades we’ve been providing CCTV in Luton, fitting intruder alarms for Luton homes, and installing door entry systems.
1st Choice Security Systems knows how important it is to be able trust installers working in your home. All our engineers are DBS checked, SafeContractor approved, and SSAIB approved. We work to the ISO2001-2015 standard. Should you need us in an emergency, we are available 24 hours.
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If you would like to talk to a 1st Choice engineer about installing intruder alarms in Luton, call 1st Choice Security Systems today on 0800 1182414.
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