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Home Security Advisors

Independent Security Advisors &  Locksmiths

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Hello and Welcome to the HSA website.

We are a small local company based in Margate Kent. We are independent security advisors for the domestic home, small business owner or commercial user. We offer a personal and professional service for those of you who want to assess or are concerned about there existing security around the home or place of work.

Our unique service is catered around you. We visit every house or office individually and assess your property for security vulnerabilities. After our assessment we will talk to you about our findings and advise you on what we think are your security weaknesses and what can be done to improve your security and what will deter a potential burglar from entering your property. Any products that we provide should you wish to purchase them are recognized by both insurance companies and are police approved.

 

What we provide as a service.

  Vulnerability Assessments.

  Physical Penetration Testing.

 

Vulnerability Assessments

A vulnerability assessment or a NDT (Non-Destructive Testing) is a visual appraisal of your existing security that you already have in place. We will conduct a visual inspection of your existing security, your property and the surrounding perimeter, we will then finish by asking some rudimentary questions that will help us gauge your understanding of security and your needs and then advise on those needs.

Physical Penetration Testing

A physical penetration test is a full physical test as well as a visual appraisal of your existing security, and generally only conducted on commercial premises. A physical test will comprise of multiple tests on your your existing security systems for weaknesses or vulnerabilities.

 

Burglary statics

1) Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures.

2) Burglars tend to avoid homes with security deterrents.

3) Most break ins happen during daylight hours not at night time, because most people are out.

4) The typical burglar lives within two miles of the target home. Because they live close, it’s easy for them to learn your family’s daily schedule.

5) Most criminals can burglarize a home in less than ten minutes.

6) 34% of burglars enter through the front door.

7) Someone is in the home for 2 out of 10 burglaries.

8) 25% of people who have been burgled do not have home insurance.

9) 24% of homes burgled were detached houses.

10) 22% of burglars enter through the back door.

 

From our point of view there are only three types of burglars, the professional the organized burglar and the opportunist burglar.

The opportunist is a type of burglar that does not plan ahead. This thief will look for quick and easy access, like an empty house or somewhere with a window or a door left open, they just happen to be in the right place at the right time. They will take full advantage of your trust or your forgetfulness. These types of burglars are very unpredictable and can be hostile or aggressive, and often have a drug habit. They are not afraid to smash a window or kick down a door and will do what ever damage they need to, to gain access to your property, once inside they will steel what ever they can find in the immediate area and will then sell for next to nothing to satisfy their drug habit. In our opinion the opportunist burglar are possibly the worst type as the damage they cause will cost you more than what they steal.

The organized burglar is in between the opportunist and the professional, they will plan their burglaries before committing one. They have connections to sell what they steal and often study their victims thoroughly before attacking their home or place of work. They will memorize a family’s or employes habits, like when they come and go to work or school times, they might even follow you to the shops to see what you buy, especially when the shops have sales or at Christmas time. This type of burglar does not want to get caught, and good security measures will deter them.

The professional, this type of burglar is probably the most experienced and the most successful. These burglars are specialized. After years of burglarizing homes and businesses, they will target specific high value items, like silver, gold or paintings or information ect. They know what they want, and they know how to get around specific security systems. The Professional burglars do extensive research on the property or the people they are going to steal from, they will buy information and even carry out a vulnerability assessment. They plan for every possible event, this type of burglar will only attack high end properties and commercial buildings.

 

Why homes get burgled

Homes typically get burgled through deliberation or opportunity and of late due to lack of common sense, busy people don't seem to have the time to check that all the windows and doors have been locked or children are happy to advertise the fact that they are going on holiday via face book or twitter. Trust us when we say that nothing can prepare you for the shock and surprise you get when you arrive home only to find out it has been burgled, you will never know what effect it will have on you until it happens to you. We have known people to move house rather than go back there because of the emotional stress, we have also known people not to do anything at all to their security only to get burgled again, we have also known people to go way overboard with security to reassure them selves to feel safe within there own home. Do not think it will never happen to you either, it might, and do not become complacent because you have some security in place, this it is not enough to rely on alone. To have good security you and family members need to be observant too, look out for strange people in the area or cars out of place. It really doesn't hurt to become a little paranoid either, don't become habitual vary your routines and routes to and from work, do what you need to protect your home at all times, and remember prevention is always better than cure. This is where we come in, we will give you the advice you need to help you understand how to make you home of place of work more secure without spending a fortune.

 

Why businesses get burgled

Any Business or commercial premises that employ staff, depending on there size of business get attacked for two reasons

1) Not enough money spent on security.

2) Not enough time spent with staff on how to use security.

This may sound fairly obvious but think about it, i have seen a small local chemist been broken into many times because they are too tight to invest in security, also i have seen large businesses get burgled because there staff are vulnerable to social engineering attacks or there RFID access cards are left lying around to be scanned and copied for misuse at a later date. Any security system employed is only as strong as its weakest user. All staff members including the tea lady if people still have them should be trained or at the very least be made aware that anything at all suspicious or out of place should be reported to there supervisor and then followed up and not just ignored. Security for your business should be a priority and should be rehearsed just like your fire drills. Locks on doors, cctv and alarms systems just don't cut it any more. Train your staff and improve your security or your complacency with what you have maybe your downfall.

Disclaimer

Our advice should you take it, is to make your home or workplace more secure and hopefully will deter any potential break-ins. However there is no guarantees, if a burglar really wants to get in they will, all we can do is offer our knowledge and advice to make your home or place of work much harder to break into.

In the event that your home or place of work is broken into after taking our advice we at Home Security Advisors and its members, staff, legal advisers, partners and consultants, agents and any person associated therewith cannot be held liable for any loss or damage that is incurred or may be incurred by any person as a direct or indirect result of the use of this website or any advice given to you on our consultations, by employing us you are agreeing to the above statement.

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DON'T BECOME A VICTIM

PROTECT YOUR HOME

 

How much do we charge?

We have a fixed consultation fee of £60.00 to £80.00 per hour depending on the size of your property taking no more than 1 or 2 hours of your time for domestic dwellings, commercial properties are just charged by the hour, on our assessment we will look at your existing security throughout you property and its perimeter. We will also do our very best to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.

As previously stated we are an independent company, we offer unbiased advice on what security you need to keep your home or office or workplace secure. We are certified locksmiths and have installed security alarms systems, door entry systems and CCTV systems since 1987 and have probably seen more break-in attempts and burglaries than your local police officer, giving us a unique insight in to how a burglar thinks.

You are not committed or are under any obligation at all to use our company to install any security deterrents that we may recommend or even to take on any of our advice, we are not here to pressure sell or make you feel vulnerable, you simple pay us for our professional assessment of your existing security.

 

Contact us

By contacting us you have read and are in full agreement to our disclaimer written above.

Please call us on 07971 84 93 58 or e-mail us enquiries@homesecurityadvisors.co.uk

 

Useful Links

Help after a crime Victim Support

Crime in your area Crime Map

The Law of burglary Theft Act 1968

Crime Stoppers web site

Neighbourhood Watch web site

Thanet Aerials

Thanet Locksmiths

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