How has security changed over the last 10 years?

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This week sees 10 years since the Securitas bank depot robbery – the largest cash robbery of its kind in British history, where thieves escaped with £53million in cash. As a result, we’ve decided to take a look at how security has developed over the last decade.

Increase in DIY

The DIY market has become hugely popular over the years as homeowners try to save money and time on professional installation. Security hardware has also become more affordable over the years, and products have been simplified to compete in the growing DIY sector. However, with the development of connected home security systems over the last year, this trend might soon see a shift back to professional installation.

 

Wireless Systems

Although wireless systems date back further than 10 years, they were not as widespread and accessible as they are today. Again, to suit homeowners’ needs, wireless systems offer a practical and convenient option as they can be placed in areas where a wired system cannot. One of the most common myths surrounding wireless systems is that they are more unreliable than wired ones. However, wireless devices now use a narrow band radio frequency dedicated to the security industry, which has drastically reduced interference problems and improved their reliability, making them just as good as their wired counterparts.

 

Superior Standards

Over the last decade, standards have increased and become tougher to make sure all properties have a certain standard of home security to comply with building regulations. BS 3621 is a British Standard relating to thief-resistant locks, and EN 1303:2005 is a European Norm relating to cylinders. Together, these standards benchmark the minimum performance for locks and cylinders on external or entrance doors to be acceptable to the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the police service.

 

Increased Innovation

Innovation has played a significant role in the security market and its development over the last 10 years. Security systems are getting smaller, easier to use and more affordable. Additionally, as the market develops, 2016 looks like the year smart security will take off with internet-enabled devices. For example, Yale’s Smart Living range offers CCTV systems, Alarms and Smart Locks, all of which can be controlled via a free Yale app.

 

Whole Home Security Hubs

Internet-enabled devices have led to the introduction of whole smart home hubs, where a number of home devices can be linked together and controlled centrally via a mobile device. You can receive updates, alerts and even images of your property if the devices are triggered. Remote monitoring gives homeowners the ability to control all security devices centrally through one app rather than having standalone devices. This type of technology was only aspirational ten years ago, but has evolved to soon be commonplace.

 

Overall, home security has evolved considerably over the last decade, putting homeowner satisfaction and comfort at the forefront of innovation. Products have become stronger and more sophisticated to adapt to new methods of attack and as a result, the British Crime Survey has noted a steady decline in the number of people who worry about home security.

 

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