December 1, 2017

Do CCTV Cameras Reduce Crime

The use of CCTV cameras in commercial and residential houses has increased substantially, since their invention in the 1980’s. They have become a necessity for business and homeowners as a way of reducing crime and helping in monitoring the premises efficiently even when not around. These cameras have been used by crime investigators to solve some of the most mysterious crimes, and hence, the role they play in providing security cannot be ignored. CCTV cameras have also become very affordable with the emergence of various competitor brands. How Well Do CCTV Cameras Work to Reduce Crime? There have been various studies conducted regarding the psychological impact of CCTV cameras in the reduction of crime. Research conducted by Campbell Collaboration, for example, shows that theft in car parts reduced by 51% due to the installation of CCTV cameras. For CCTV cameras to attain their full potential, additional safety measures, like installing alarm systems and improved street lighting need to be integrated into the initial plan. Crime rates have significantly reduced in areas with proper CCTV installation for various reasons. Busted in Crime The worst nightmare for an offender is the thought of getting caught while in the act. While many criminals […]
November 13, 2017

Fire Doors: Just What Do They Do?

Fire doors act as resistance barriers in the event of a fire. Fire doors can be made up of glass, gypsum, steel, timber, vermiculite, and or aluminium. They are often placed in large buildings with several floors that see a lot of traffic on a daily basis. However, fire doors can be fitted in residential houses, and are quite popular in larger, suburban-type homes. When properly installed, fire doors can help keep a fire burning in a certain room, isolating it and preventing it from spreading into other rooms etc. Fire doors can also help absorb blasts and explosions. How do I know If I need a Fire Door in my home? There are many factors to consider before installing a fire door in a home. One of the most common fire doors available is called an FD30 (the 30 stands for 30 minutes and the FD stands for fire door). These doors are typically 44mm in thickness, while normal residential doors come in at about 35mm. This means that, if one would want to install a fire door in an existing house, he or she would have to advise with a carpenter & joiner or architect to properly dismantle […]
October 2, 2017

Six Benefits of an Automatic Gate

When it comes to the decision to have a gate installed at your home, you probably already have an idea in mind of what you want it to achieve. Whether it’s intended primarily for decoration or you’re tired of neighbours and passers-by casually trespassing on your property because it’s not closed off, you should be ready for this kind of question from your gate installer – because if they’re good at their job, they’ll want to know this information so they can design a system that’s right for you. There are also some further benefits of having an automatic gate installed that may not be immediately obvious, or may simply have slipped your mind during planning. Here are just a few of them to help you make that all-important final decision: Security Perhaps the most obvious benefit of a good automatic gate is the added security it offers. Subconsciously, opportunistic criminals are naturally going to be less tempted by your property if it seems harder to get in. This counts both for keeping your vehicle safe in the driveway/ garage, as well as your home itself – an automated gate adds that extra level of security between a potential criminal […]
September 4, 2017

Do I need CCTV at home?

Nowadays, with the cost of technology continually dropping in price, it has never been cheaper to install a home closed-circuit television (CCTV) system. Although prominent figures in policing have encouraged homeowners and businesses to install their own system to aid the fight against crime, do you really need it and it is something that every homeowner should consider? We briefly outline the case for and the case against having your own CCTV system in your home. CCTV means that any images recorded by your security camera cannot be picked up by other transmitters or receivers. A basic CCTV system can be installed relatively cheaply; a starter system can be installed for approximately £50, although it is not uncommon for top-of-the-range CCTV systems to cost as much as several thousand pounds. Modern CCTV cameras will usually allow a homeowner to record the captured footage straight to a DVD, or more commonly to a hard drive, for subsequent storage. Whilst modern CCTV systems are accurate and will record good-quality footage, in order for any recorded footage to be useful, homeowners are advised to pay careful attention to the location of installed CCTV cameras. However, reputable CCTV installation companies have experience of successful […]
August 2, 2017

Everything you need to know about fire alarms

Instant warnings regarding smoke or fire in your property could save your life. Understanding the rules and regulations regarding fire alarms, and knowing how to use them correctly, are essential steps to making sure that you, your home or business, and your possessions, stay as safe as possible. What are the regulations surrounding the use of fire alarms in the UK? Fire alarms are covered by a piece of legislation called The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which is often referred to by the shortened title of ‘The RRO’. Practically all businesses, and all rental properties, are legally required to have an adequate fire detection and warning system in place. Usually, this means that your business premises need to have a fire alarm system installed. However, in rare circumstances, where numerous specific criteria are all met, a fire alarm is not legally required. The criteria that need to be met include the ability for everyone on the premises to hear a shout of ‘fire’ and the certainty that there will be no vulnerable, elderly or disabled people on the premises. It is clear that as a matter of course, it is best practice for all businesses to have a […]
July 3, 2017

When to change your locks

There a many reasons locks need to be changed. Because they are the first line of defence against intrusion your locks need to be kept at maximum efficiency, and that means being able to offer the highest levels of security. MOVING TO A NEW HOME Moving home can be an expensive business and it is tempting to try to save wherever possible on further costs. But without exception, changing the locks on your new home as soon as possible is always advisable. Even if the locks are fairly new and in perfect working order, the security they can offer is still compromised. It is impossible to know how many keys are in circulation and who has them. Often homeowners will give trades people they trust keys whilst working on their home. Even if these are trustworthy, sub-contractors may not be. Homeowners regularly leave duplicate keys with neighbours in case they lock themselves out. Again, whilst these neighbours may be trustworthy, they are just as liable to lose keys as anyone else. Rather than risk keys having fallen into the wrong hands, it is always better to have new locks fitted. WEAR AND DAMAGE It may seem obvious, but a lock […]
July 1, 2017

How Safe are Your Window Locks?

When thinking about improving home security, most homeowners concentrate on the gate, doors and surveillance. Windows are some of the most neglected points of entry. The windows in your home pose as much vulnerability as other areas. Many individuals assume that the factory-grade locking mechanisms installed by window manufacturers are sufficient to provide security, but it may not always be the case. A simple latch on your window is easy to open with the right tools. Burglars and other intruders can get very creative when motivated to gain entry into a property. Manufacturer locks are common, meaning intruders can learn how to force them open easily. For this reason, reinforced window locks have become valuable investments for homeowners. Getting the Right Lock One solution to improve the safety of your windows is to make certain that each installation has the right lock. The suitability of a locking mechanism dictates how much security it offers. For example, a pinhole lock is an appropriate choice for a sliding glass window. If it’s a UPVC double glazed window, then you must find the ideal lock gearbox. A window lock expert can tell you when to get a deadbolt and if a window sash […]
June 27, 2017

YY Security named in the top 100 security blogs

We are pleased to announce that YY Security has been named as one of the best home security blogs on the planet. The list was selected by Feedspot as one of the Top 100 Home Security Blogs on the web and the list can be viewed by clicking on the image on the right.
June 3, 2017

Simple Steps for Improving Home Safety

Feeling safe and secure in the home is something that we all want. Improving home safety is about stopping issues before they happen. There are many quick and simple steps that you can put into practice that will help keep you safe in and around the home. Inside the Home When it comes to improving safety inside your home, the first step is not to advertise that your house is empty. If it appears occupied, then the burglar may think twice about entering. Using automatic timers that can turn lights on and off in the home will make it seem as if someone is in. If you do go away, then make sure that you cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries, so they’re not left on your doorstep. When you go out, check that you lock all doors and windows. Don’t leave them open. You should also make sure that you have approved BSI standard locks on your doors and windows. Another thing you can do is to consider fitting a latch or chain as well as a viewer on your door. These will enable you to check who is at the door before you let them in. And finally, […]
May 4, 2017

How a wire free burglar alarm is exactly what you need

It’s now easier than ever to have a wireless alarm fitted in your home. For one thing, they’re no longer the kind of extravagance you’d only expect to find in a business environment or wealthy household. Instead, recent technological developments have led to a significant drop in both the price of installation and labour, meaning they’re now a viable option for homeowners everywhere. And while there are a wide variety of wireless alarms available, they all possess similar features that, we think, make them an extremely attractive prospect… Cheap and easy installation It is true that the purchase price of a wireless alarm might be a fraction higher than that of a standard system. However, by using remote transmitters and receivers instead of wires, the cost of installation is significantly reduced. In fact, if you’re a bit handy, there’s no reason not to put it in yourself, therefore saving yourself the cost of a professional installer. Install and alter at your own leisure Yet another bonus of a wire free alarm is that it can be installed in stages. This makes it much easier to manage your budget, and allows you to change and expand your current system without the […]