How to Keep your Rural Home Secure

Feeling safe in your own home is something that should be enjoyed by every homeowner or tenant, regardless of the size of your property. However, for larger rural properties, security can be a particular concern, as it can be difficult to keep an eye on the various parts of your home at all times.

As recently as 2011, burglary statistics showed that a theft was occurring at an average of every 43 seconds, with each incident costing an average of 27% more than thefts in urban areas. Even if the area you live in is not known for a high crime rate, this does not mean that you are immune from burglars and thieves. It is incredibly important that you make sure your home is a safe as possible at all times, so you can relax and enjoy your property.

Electric Gates

Electric gates are a classic, popular choice for large properties as they provide a considerable level of security and also aesthetic quality to the property. Electric gates can be remotely accessed, therefore you can open and close them whenever you please, meaning that unwanted visitors can’t open them to access your home.

These gates are available in a range of styles and materials, as most types of gate can be automated, so you can choose one that complements the design of your home while also providing the best possible level of security.


As an obvious point of entry to your home, your external doors should have at least three locking points for maximum security. It is recommended that your front and back doors also use locks that adhere to the British Standard BS3621 kitemark and they should also be fitted 45 to 60cm away from the main door lock.

The strength of your lock is very important, especially if the material your door is made from is not particularly strong, such as PVC. Locks like Mortice locks and deadlocks are particularly tough, and are available at DIY stores.

Burglar Alarm System

Burglar alarms should be included in every home, regardless of size. Not only does it produce a piercing sound to alert neighbours and those nearby to any break in, it also puts burglars off just by being visible to them. There are many different types available, from alarms that emit the standard sound, to models that send texts to your mobile phone to alert you of what’s going on.


Having a buzzer system can provide you with extra peace of mind when it comes to allowing visitors into your home. An intercom system that visitors have to press, either on your gate or your front door can be coupled with a CCTV system that allows you to see who is calling as well as speaking to them over the intercom. A CCTV system can allow you to keep track of different areas of your property simultaneously, from the garage to the garden. You can view the footage from the cameras on monitors inside your home, so you can always be aware of what’s going on outside.

Here at Strand Systems, we are proud to be one of the leading providers of the highest quality automated gates, doors, barriers and architectural automation. Our expert team can design, install, maintain and repair your automated system to ensure that you can enjoy total peace of mind with the finest quality automation systems around.