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cctv systems installationBurglar-Proofing & Securing Your Home

What’s more important than feeling safe in your own home. Burglar proofing it from break-ins and vandalism should be a top priority.

There are a number of ways of doing this from ensuring sufficient intruder alarm systems are in place. There should also be a focus on reducing the vulnerability of any potential entry point. This includes windows, garages, and most obviously, front and back doors.

Burglar-proofing your doors and windows, a common-sense approach

While security features have consistently improved in the majority of homes over the last couple of decades, a door that’s vulnerable to a swift kick or a crowbarring will always be attractive to an opportunistic thief. Although it may seem obvious, you should make sure that your door can withstand a bit of force.

If possible, avoid large windows that can be smashed easily to gain entry. Even if a door is made of titanium metal, if the hinges are not carefully crafted, it won’t matter to an intruder.

  1. Firstly, hinges should not be on the exterior of the doorway. It can be attacked by chiselsscrewdrivers, or other levering tools.
  2. Secondly, many doors are hung by three hinges only. Adding an extra hinge between the existing top and middle ones, and another between the middle and bottom. Especially if they are made of stainless steel, this will greatly increase the combined strength. As with hinges, a door is only as strong as its locks. With this in mind, investing in a solid deadlock is the best way. In order to keep the door safe from being pried open, this is necessary. It’s not just the quality of the bolt itself, however. Paying attention to the strength and durability of the strike plate is also important, with metal housing recommended. Additional bolts at the top and bottom of the door will always help to strengthen it, too.

Additional security options

Strengthening the physical integrity of the door is a key priority. There are a number of additional steps that we can do to improve security.

Intruder Alarms

By installing an intruder alarm and displaying a bell box on the outside of your property, a burglar instantly knows that the house is protected and is less likely to attempt a break-in. It makes sense for a burglar to choose to break into an unprotected house rather than a protected one. The visible nature of an alarm makes an opportunistic intruder think twice.

When an alarm is triggered, most intruder alarm systems include a dialler that is designed to ring a phone number. Installing an intruder alarm system provides the very best peace of mind that your home, family and assets are protected and there are a variety of options available from pet-friendly detectors to wire-free alarm systems and wired alarm systems. A site survey (offered at no cost from Sylvester Electrical & Security Systems LTD) is fully recommended so the most appropriate security solutions can be advised based on your specific individual needs.


CCTV (closed-circuit television) has become a necessary tool to help reduce crime, protect public and private spaces, homes and businesses. In the event of an intruder breaking into a person’s home or vehicle, CCTV systems will provide instant alerts.

There are a variety of options to both domestic and commercial customers around CCTV installation– all cameras are networked and provide multi-mega pixels to allow a clear picture and offer full compatibility with computer systems. There are options to include accessing your CCTV system on the go with an easy to install smartphone app.

What can we offer?

Sylvester Electrical & Security Systems LTD – (Sylvester Electrical) provides a wide range of high-quality security options including those outlined above for homes and businesses throughout the Boston & Lincolnshire area, the East of England, the Midlands, and beyond. From intruder alarms to full CCTV systems tailored to your needs, our expert team is on hand to provide advice and assistance towards the right setup for you. Get in touch today to arrange a free site survey, or to find out more, contact us.