National Home Security Month (NHSM) was launched in 2013 and takes place every October. It is supported by a wide range of companies and organisations, including police forces, insurance companies and some of the biggest names in home security and smart home technology such as Yale, Assa Abloy, Ring and Hive. NHSM provides resources and home security advice that you can share with your customers.
As the winter months approach it is an excellent time to discuss security with customers and help them to be more proactive. During the month, the campaign will address several key aspects of home security that helps to both deter and prevent intruders or thieves:
In 2019 there were more than 600,000 burglary incidents in England and Wales alone and in only a small percentage of cases was the culprit caught. Therefore, preventing break-ins and deterring potential thieves is crucial and it all starts with door security.
It is recommended that door locks comply with British Standard 3621 and incorporate features to resist the most common forms of attack. This includes products such as the ERA Fortress BS3621:2007 Euro Profile high-security mortice deadlock, or the Yale PBS1 BS3621:2007 Nightlatch.
In addition, recommending multipoint hardware for windows and doors can also help homeowners ensure their home is secure, while improving weather tightness and therefore, energy efficiency.
Having an alarm system or CCTV camera in place is one of the biggest deterrents to potential thieves. In fact, research has found thieves are more likely to be put off by the presence of CCTV cameras than the sound of a dog barking inside the property.
An ideal recommendation for homes without CCTV is the Burg Wachter BURGcam kit, which is simple to install, easily expandable, offers 2K-HD video and the cameras are IP66 (weather resistance) and IK10 (vandal resistance) rated. For maximum homeowner peace of mind and convenience, it also allows secure access to the cameras’ feed via a web browser portal or the BURGcam app.
National Home Security Month also offers advice on the safe storage of valuables and the benefits of indoor security cameras. Not only do these devices help to deter thieves but in the event of a break-in, can help to identify the intruders. For example, the Yale Pan, Tilt and Zoom IP Camera offers clear 720p video, a PIR sensor for automatic recording, night vision capabilities and can upload the footage directly to Dropbox.
The National Home Security Month also gives advice on smart home technology. More than 15 million households have already invested in these products and there are many security-focused options available.
Customers may believe that security cameras that can alert them to potential intruders, or smart locks are expensive. However, standalone systems offer a great first step at an affordable price.
The Ring Video Doorbell allows homeowners to see and speak to anyone who rings the doorbell, whether they are at home or elsewhere. It features full HD video, infrared night vision, a 160° field of view and will alert homeowners via the smartphone app to anyone approaching or moving around outside the property.
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Finally, with the clocks going back and the nights getting longer, NHSM 2020 rounds off October by offering guidance on how people can protect their homes after dark. The National Home Security Month campaign has also produced a home security checklist of everything homeowners need to consider to make sure their property is as safe and secure as possible.
At IronmongeryDirect we will be focusing on security throughout October and have some great prizes to give away. Also, keep an eye out on social media for #NHSM20 throughout October for all the best security advice, tips and tricks to share.
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