Which security system is best for my home?
A high-performance security system is your first line of defence against criminals targeting your home; it should make you and your property safer without breaking the bank or being too complicated to use. From professionally fitted systems to those you can install yourself, there are so many options available that it can be tricky to pick the right one!
With this in mind, read on to find out more about the main home security systems so you can make an informed decision when choosing one for your property.
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1. Video doorbell
Compared with its CCTV and burglar alarm counterparts, video doorbell security is a relatively new product. These systems record any activity on your doorstep and allow you to speak through your smartphone remotely – some also offer subscription options so you can rewatch recorded videos for an extra cost.
Homeowners with a video doorbell typically choose to install it themselves, although there is the option to arrange for someone to fit it for you for an additional fee. If you do choose to install the doorbell yourself, you must pay careful consideration to its location – if the camera captures images outside your property boundary – including passersby, roads or surrounding homes – then data protection laws will apply. If this is the case, then it is your responsibility to ensure that the footage is kept safe and secure, and is only stored for as long as it is needed – it shouldn’t be misused and you must delete footage if asked to do so. Failure to comply with any of this can result in legal action.
When it comes to data protection, CCTV systems installed by a certified professional will ensure your security system is fully compliant. A specialist – such as Astra Security Systems – will help you choose the correct system and carefully position the cameras for your property boundaries along with the appropriate signage. They will also make sure all recordings are easily accessible for future reference.
With so many different CCTV models available for residential properties, you will need to decide what degree of recording and access you require and what features your camera must have – this is where an expert can help. Modern CCTV systems can be integrated with access control, intruder alarms and gate automation, which can also work in conjunction with other security and safety systems like fire alarms and locks.
A burglar alarm system can be as simple or comprehensive as you require, with the choice of camera sensors, home automation or smart notifications, to name just a few options. Plus, some systems allow you to set an alarm for particular entry points within the home while still being able to walk around without the risk of triggering the alarm.
Modern burglar alarm systems can even be connected to a professional call centre that will contact emergency services for you when required. Here at Astra Security, we are able to offer third-party monitoring through an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) to speed up police response for complete peace of mind.
To increase privacy and security at your property, look no further than Astra Security Systems. Our SSAIB certified installers fit the most high-performance CCTV and burglar alarm systems for homes throughout the South East, including Maidstone, Medway, Tonbridge, Ashford, Canterbury and Sevenoaks. To find out more, simply get in touch with our experienced team today.