Thames Valley Police worked on over 1100 burglaries in November
2018. On their website they advise homeowners to take control of their windows
and doors, effectively manage the locks, the times they are open and closed,
and to have the most practical materials in position to aid security.
Simple tricks like not leaving a bin to be climbed on to gain entry
or ensuring walls don’t provide somewhere to jump from are recommended. Window
opening restrictors make sure the windows can’t be unlocked from outside.
Lastly, they urge people replacing windows to obtain products tested to British
standards (PAS 24 2016) which are insurance approved.
That all makes perfect
sense but how can your window dressing help you to improve home security?
A manual blind is an unwelcome obstacle for burglars, but it also
conceals whether there are people within the property. If a burglar isn’t
confident that they are alone or that they won’t be interrupted, they rarely
take a chance.
Automated blinds offer the above benefits but have the additional
advantage of being managed via a home automation system, remote control or on
an app, even when there is no one on the property. Sun and temperature sensors
react to changes; as darkness descends the sensors facilitate blind closure
without any physical action from the humans, wherever they may be. Consider the benefits of being able to tap a
button when you’re out at the gym, kept late at work or in a seemingly endless
tailback; no one will be able to discern that you aren’t at home, even on the
darkest winter days, thanks to the window blind movements.
cords, no reaching into awkward spaces and the motors are housed within the
blinds, so the aesthetic appeal is as significant as the security benefits.
blinds are energy efficient and you should notice a saving on your utility
bills. One battery charge of 24 hours directly to the blinds delivers 5-7
months of power. A rechargeable battery and charger are provided at the time of
installation by reputable firms.
Shutters are strong, they shut out visual and audible intrusion in a
stylish and cost-effective manner. Choose from café shutters which cover the
lower half of the window or plantation shutters which close off the whole
optimum performance and security, please don’t consider window blinds or
shutters installations as DIY tasks. For most people DIY … READ MORE “Home Security Via Blinds and Shutters”