We live in a technological world now and everything is monitored by Big Brother. You cannot walk down the high street without seeing cameras perched on top of buildings or lampposts and every shop and mode of public transport is covered in cameras ‘for our protection’. The thing is, it’s hard to know whether they actually work as a deterrent to violence or burglars. CCTV is cited whenever there is an assault, robbery, altercation that results in the police coming to the site of the crime. It’s there but it doesn’t seem to make a difference to stabbings in the night, shootings during the Notting Hill Carnival or simple break ins to people’s homes during the night.
For this reason, many households put off installing cameras because they are of the opinion that they just don’t work. What’s the point if you’re woken in the night by an alarm ringing in your street and apparently no one is taking any notice? The thing is, the burglars DO take notice and it’s for this reason that contacting a company such as afass.co.uk is in your own best interests. Take a look at your street and see how many people have installed alarms or cameras. The obvious point here is that those who have an alarm will have an alarm box and maybe even an outside automatic light. The light will probably be triggered by motion. Both of these things can be deterrents, the noise the alarm makes is usually not. Of course, there are those who decide that a deterrent is enough and instead of having a complete alarm system installed, will simply pop a false box on the wall.
There are a number of problems with this approach, but the most obvious is that thieves have access to the internet too and they can see which alarms are fakes very easily. If an alarm does go off, it could be connected privately to the police as well as the homeowner, making the burglary not so attractive after all. Of course, the benefit of a professional alarm with multiple zones and protection comes into play when the thief has planned his deed. Although rare, some thieves have a particular reason for entering a house. Often they are found to have been ‘stealing to order’ and their goal will be to find and retrieve a certain item of value. Statistically, burglaries are shown to be mostly opportunistic, that is a burglar will see an open window or door, or a lack of basic security and decide to have a go. The chances of them having a go at robbing your house are increased when they see something of value like a television through the window. The chances are greatly reduced when they can see that by trying to gain access, an alarm is likely to go screaming at them.
A good alarm system won’t just act as a visible deterrent, but it will also provide protection for such items and give intelligence as to where the perpetrator is, and even stream video footage of the crime in progress. Should the burglar get away before the authorities turn up, you then have valuable evidence that can be used to prosecute.