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Home Security Basics

With an understanding of the role and function of the police and armed response and alarm monitoring companies, we can now look at the next line of defence – the physical components that can protect your home. 

In ancient times people lived within the walls of a castle to protect themselves from wild animals and bandits. They would build high walls with watch towers and have roving patrols to head off bandits before they reached the castle (medieval armed response). This served the castle dwellers well for many years. 

Over time however, bandits and pillagers learned to construct large ladders that could reach the top of the highest walls. Grappling hooks became commonplace for castle raiders and the castle was no longer as safe as it had been. 

And so security evolved. The next step was the introduction of the moat. A good moat filled with a few man-eating creatures would deter anyone from coming within climbing range of the walls. A drawbridge would drop daily and allow people in and out of the castle under the watchful eye of the gate guards. Before long, bandits in disguise would trudge into the castle over the drawbridge, hide until nightfall and then let the drawbridge down for their rampaging companions. 

It’s obvious that security and the continued improvement of security mechanisms is by no means new. As with a medieval castle, we protect our homes today in much the same way. We build bigger and higher walls, yet thieves still manage to get in under the guise of being workmen or with plausible stories. Once in, they open the gates for their friends to join them. 

Medieval castles had certain common elements:

• The area surrounding the castle would be cleared of vegetation to provide a good view of any incoming threat, and there would be a moat and a drawbridge.

• The castle walls would be dotted with towers or ramparts from the safety of which a wary eye could survey the area for bandits.

• Within the castle walls would be yet more fortifications such as strong sturdy doors with heavy crossbars just in case bandits made it to the internal castle walls.

• Beneath the castle would be hidden places where the nobility could hide if indeed bandits made their way through all the layers of security. 

Back to present times and taking a medieval approach to home security. 

Our surroundings are now patrolled by armed response instead of patrols with bows and arrows. The police respond to our calls for assistance instead of the sheriff. We build high walls around our homes, fortify our doors with the best locks we can, our burglar bars are reinforced and of course alarm monitoring has replaced the lookout towers of old. Within the home we have panic buttons instead of a big brass bell to warn of intruders and we have safe rooms to retreat to in an emergency. 

Yes, the technology and terminology has changed, but the fundamental principles of security have not. Through the ages they’ve been studied and refined at length yet they still remain unchanged. 

At the heart of all good home security is a simple and robust plan that covers all the bases from A to Z and allows for contingencies along the way. 

Foremost in your planning is of course knowing what layers of security lie beyond your castle walls and what they can do, which is why we started by looking at the police and security services to see what they can offer in your quest for a safer environment.  

We’ll look closely at each individual component of your home security and how to apply it, test it, question vendors and ensure that you’re getting the right level of protection for your home.