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    Driveway security – the beginner’s guide

    Driveway security, what are the options?

    Driveway security, what are the options?

    Driveway security is a hot topic for homeowners looking to protect their family and home. The good news is that there are plenty of practical security measures you can take without needing to affect your pattern imprinted concrete driveway after it’s been installed!

    Outdoor alarm systems are valuable – particularly wireless driveway and wider perimeter alarms. Most systems are designed for easy DIY installation, whilst still retaining excellent detection capabilities, thanks to advances in the supporting technology. You can use these alarms to protect your home’s entrance, garages, hidden entrances and any outbuildings you might have.

    For commercial buildings, secure parking posts and bollards are popular. These range from the basic fold down systems to automated and telescopic systems. Similar technology exists for domestic properties too, but for larger homes looking to invest heavily in advanced security wireless audio and video intercoms tend to be a popular choice. These can be used between buildings, or from the entrance and the building itself -and systems will offer automated operation of electric security locks or automatic gates from a distance.

    Other security devices exist too. Decoy CCTV systems aren’t 100% effective, but many believe that they deter or at least slow down opportunist thefts. Alternatively, you can invest in full service CCTV cameras and monitoring system. Basic additions such as alarms for sheds and garages are also useful, and these outbuildings are more often targeted by thieves than houses themselves. Products available include silent wireless alarms, battery powered alarm systems, CCTV and warning signs.

    If you’re serious about security, it can be worth getting a specialist consultant out to look at your property’s individual requirements. But for many of us, basic additions such as good security lighting, alarms and locking systems will be enough to provide peace of mind.

    Electric gate picture courtesy of our friends at ASD.

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