Home Security - Protecting what you value
By Alexandra Richards, Private Clients Developement Executive
At Bruce Stevenson, we provide useful advice on the best ways to protect what is valuable to you.
Evident physical security measures in a home are a must, but perhaps less obvious is being aware of what you are posting on social media. Photographs posted on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter of you on holiday can be hacked or viewed by undesirable prying eyes, alerting them to the fact that your home is unoccupied.
Andrew Davies, senior risk surveyor at AXA Art Insurance Limited always says treat security like an onion – starting with the outer perimeter layer (your boundary) then the layer around the house (locks and alarms) with further layers (safes, panic buttons, valuables such as cash distributed evenly around the house) until only finally do you reach the core. The more layers an intruder has to overcome, the harder it will be to break in, which will take longer and therefore they are less likely to try.
Layers of security:
Perimeter /Boundary of your property
1st Inner layer – the garden
2nd inner layer – exterior of the house
3rd inner layer – in the house
36% of all burglaries are crimes of opportunity, with burglars letting themselves in through unlocked doors or windows (Association of British Insurers)
You are 10 times more likely to be burgled if you don’t have basic security (Association of British Insurers)
If you would like some help with the security protections of your home we can help you. Please contact Alexandra Richards on 07464 545648 or [email protected]