Simple Ways to Secure Your Home

When moving into a new home or making some home improvements on an existing property, many homeowners can overlook the importance of making sure their property is safe and secure, with decorating often taking priority over security. 

While this might seem tempting, make sure you have some security measures in place to keep your home and its content safe from intruders. There’s no better time than now to consider the security measures you would like in place at home, particularly in preparation for the winter months and Christmas time when burglaries peak. At Strand Systems, as a leading supplier of electric and automated gates, it’s safe to say we have plenty of knowledge when it comes to domestic and commercial security. With this in mind, we’ve put together some of our top home security tips, read on to find out more!


Residential gates 

The first step in securing your home is to install a residential gate. This will ensure that only authorised people have access to your property. There are many different types of gates to choose from, so be sure to do your research before making a purchase. You’ll want to consider the size and weight of the gate, the material it’s made from, and the style of gate that will best fit your home. Options include:


Security systems

A security system will deter burglars from even attempting to break into your home. With a variety of different styles and models available, you are guaranteed to find the perfect solution to suit your needs and budget:

Having a CCTV system professionally installed at your property gives an extra set of eyes on your home. These systems can be tailored to suit the individual needs of you and your family, so that your property is monitored effectively and all footage is backed up securely. 

At Strand Systems, we use market-leading cameras and digital video recorders (DVRs) for high quality recordings. For remote access, you can view your cameras on your home monitor or your tablet/phone app.

These systems are typically used for apartment buildings or blocks of flats. Access control systems only allow authorised personnel and occupants to enter the premises, preventing any unauthorised access. Access control options include:

  • mobile phone
  • fob
  • keypad password
  • biometrics
  • vehicle number plate recognition

Sophisticated intercom systems provide video entry with colour images so occupants can clearly see exactly who is trying to gain access to the premises. At Strand Systems, our GSM intercoms provide the ultimate in remote access, as you can take a call on the intercom from anywhere in the world.

  • Lighting

For an additional layer of security, you should also consider investing in some outdoor lighting that will automatically switch on when there is any activity, so that burglars will have nowhere to hide.



Technical advances have meant that automation has become a popular choice amongst homeowners. One top home security tip is to utilise the power of automation. Gates operated by remote control, keypad access or intercom add an extra level of protection as you are able to check who is wanting to enter your property.

And if you are leaving or entering your own property, you don’t need to get out of your vehicle to open the gate – something which can leave you exposed to thieves.



Service and repairs on the security measures at your property are important to ensure they stay in top working order. As a first line of defence at your home, you must make sure that your gate is functioning as it should be with gate maintenance and servicing from a qualified professional. This will ensure that any problems are addressed before they escalate so that safety isn’t compromised. If a fault is discovered or you have noticed an issue yourself, you must make sure that the required repairs are carried out by an experienced expert as quickly as possible, so that it is restored to top working order and fully complies with British Standards. 

If you are looking for more home security tips to improve security at your property in London or the surrounding areas, the experienced team at Strand Systems can help. From residential gates and maintenance to CCTV systems and access control, we can advise you on the most appropriate measures for your home. Don’t delay – get in touch with us today to find out more.