Home Security in the Movies

home security in the movies

Home Security in the Movies

Although it is crucial to discuss home security measures and strategies with children, often it can be difficult not to frighten them with the thought of potential break-ins and burglaries. Many popular movies contain scenes which may make you consider your own home security, so these movies can be a great way to introduce this to your children without worrying them. We’ve highlighted some of the most popular, so why not take a look and use the up and coming holidays to watch a festive movie, and begin to educate your children on the importance of home security.

Home Alone

Home Alone is a great way to introduce the idea of home security to children without frightening or worrying them. When eight year old Kevin McCallister is accidently left home alone over Christmas, Kevin experiences firsthand the responsibilities of a homeowner, including protecting his home from a couple of inept burglars. Although many of the scenarios are extremely unrealistic and farfetched, the movie still stresses the requirement of good quality home security.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

This classic based on Dr. Seuss’s book is also concerning break-ins during Christmas, and will highlight to the younger generation, the importance of optimal home security during the holiday season. The movie narrates the story of the Grinch, a lonesome and bitter being who creates a scheme to impersonate Santa Claus in order to break and enter into the homes of Whoville on Christmas Eve to swipe gifts, decorations and all things that make Christmas joyful.

Monsters Inc

In a city powered by electricity which is generated from the screams of human children, the Monsters, Inc. factory recruits monsters to enter the human world through closet doors to scare children and collect their screams. The concept of frightening creatures breaking into homes in the middle of the night stresses the importance of high-quality home security systems.

Robin Hood

Robin Hood and Little John were known for robbing the rich and giving to the poor townsfolk of Nottingham. Although the concept of giving to the less fortunate is heart warming, Robin Hood’s method of stealing from the wealthy is not acceptable and is breaking the law. The Disney’s classic version highlights the frustration of the Sheriff of Nottingham, when he fails to stop Robin Hood on multiple occasions; a simple solution would have been to install home security systems to the houses of the rich, allowing the outlaws to be caught red handed.

Jingle All the Way

This American Christmas family comedy focuses on two rival fathers rushing around on Christmas Eve, urgently trying to get their hands on a Turbo-Man action figure for their sons. One particular scene shows a father breaking into his neighbour’s home in effort to steal the Turbo-Man action figure, however his guilty conscience stops him. This highlights how important home security is over the holiday period, especially when the house is full of expensive gifts.

While watching fictitious events in movies, no matter how outrageous, it is always important to think about your home security and security measures which will work best in real life situations. We hope this list of movies feature home security ideas will help provoke the thought of children and families about the necessity of home security. Rather than resorting to laying marbles across your hallway or using remote controlled cars to trip up intruders like Kevin did in Home Alone, head over to our blog at keytek.co.uk/blog for practical home security tips.

Further reading: 

Back to School Online Security Tips 

The Grinch Who Didn’t Steal Christmas 

Home Security Basics for Children 

How to Help Prevent Your Car Being Stolen

Vehicle security

How to Help Prevent Your Car Being Stolen

If you own a car there is always a risk that it could be broken into or stolen. Regardless of age, make and model, the quicker a thief can steal your vehicle, the more attractive it is. There are many more ways to protect your car and its content than just simply pressing the lock button on your car key.

Check Its Locked, Don’t Walk Away

Most cars these days make a sound or feature a visual signal when the central locking is activated. It is important to stay close and look out for these signals in order to ensure your central locking is fully functioning. If in doubt, pull the door handle before you walk away.

Park Wisely

The ideal place to park your car is in a secure driveway or garage, however if you don’t have one, or are out and about, it is best to leave your car in a well lit area or in the view of a security camera.

Hide or Remove Your Belongings

Your car is more likely to be targeted if valuable items such as wallets, phones and sat-navs are on display, therefore it is better to remove them from the car or tuck them away into the glove compartment or under the seats. Don’t forget to remove sat-nav holders and any suction marks on the windscreen as they indicate you have valuables in the car.

Increase Your Security

Most modern cars are fitted with an alarm and immobiliser, but there are various ways to increase your cars security further. Using a steering wheel lock is a great deterrent for opportunistic thieves, as it creates problems for the thief to steer the wheel.  Fitting a tracking device will be useful if the worst happens and your car is stolen, as it will allow yourself and the police to locate your car using GPS.

Never Leave Your Car Running Unattended

Whether you’re de-icing your car on a cold winter morning or just popping into the shop, thieves won’t think twice before taking advantage of this opportunity. An opportunist thief doesn’t need more than a few seconds to take action.

Visit www.keytekshop.co.uk to see our huge range of home and vehicle security products!

Further reading:

Garage Security Advice 

Locked out of your car? 

How vulnerable is your home?

Garage Security Advice

It is often the case that people do not just keep their car in the garage, but they also store a range of power tools, expensive sports equipment and various other valuables which are highly sought after by burglars. Whether your garage is attached to your property or separated from your house, the contents could be at risk if the garage is not secured properly.

How are Garage Doors Forced Open

There are lots of ways that a burglar can break into your garage. The older the door is, the more likely it is to be targeted, as thieves know they are not as secure as the new modern doors. Not that we are saying new garage doors are burglar proof, but their modern features make it more difficult for someone to break in.

Older garage doors are at risk of having their locks drilled or cut out completely, whereas new doors protect against this. Older garage doors may also be vulnerable at the top, where the door meets the frame. Modern doors are fitted with a special bar that protects this weak spot from intruders using a crow bar to gain entry.

garage

Types of garage doors that offer more protection are roller or sectional garage doors, and this is down to the way they open. The only way to break into a garage door in this style is to physically cut a hole in the door itself. This is labour intensive and extremely noisy, so this would put off any potential intruder who’s looking for a quick smash and grab. However a more experienced burglar may still find a way in to your garage.

Garage Door Security Features

When you buy a modern garage door, you can be confident that they come with a number of security features that come as standard in all garage door styles and designs. Garage door manufacturers have learned over the years, the different methods a burglar uses to gain entry illegally and updated there designs and security features accordingly.

You’re likely to find the following security features on any new manual garage door bought from a reputable manufacturer today:

  • Two locks – one on each side
  • The capacity for two further locks should this be chosen as an upgrade
  • Strong bars which protect the locks from being pried open from the outside
  • The main lock (which you put your key into) is an anti-snap Euro-cylinder lock, which means that – even if snapped or drilled, it still won’t allow access.

Automatic Garage Doors

For another level of security, you may want to invest in an automatic garage door, as they have extremely secure locking mechanisms. A locking system in an automatic door is designed to constantly push the door downwards, until you activate it by pressing the remote

Other ways to secure your garage

You can buy the most expensive and ‘securest’ garage door on the market, but it still won’t be 100% burglar proof. So it’s worth taking some other precautions to keep your home safe. You might think about installing a security light in close proximity to your garage. This is another method that will deter a burglar, as most intruders like the cover of darkness to conceal their identity. If you do keep extremely valuable items in your garage then it might be worth investing in an alarm system, this works much like a home alarm. If anyone forces their way in to your garage, or someone enters who doesn’t know the code a loud alarm will sound, to alert people someone has entered.

 

Securing your garage externally

  • Installing a heavy duty lock
  • Installing a security light
  • Using a garage door defender

shed lock, garage lock, open lock

The majority of burglars are opportunistic and are anticipating an easy win, so seeing a heavy duty lock on a garage door could easily deter a burglar. Many burglars strike at a property when residents are distracted, so the installation of motion-triggered security lights will ensure any movement around your garage will not go unnoticed. As burglars aim to complete a job in the shortest possible time, any obstructions which require further effort and time will be sure to deter a burglar, such as installing a garage defender to disable the use of the door.

 

Securing your garage internally

  • Securing any valuables
  • Use of wall anchors
  • Installing expandable bolts
  • Ensure your home security alarm extends to your garage

Keeping your valuables locked up is not just good practice for your home, but for the garage too. As previously stated, burglars are looking to be in and out as quick as possible, so locking up your items may mean a thief doesn’t get to them.

Wall/floor anchors and Expandable bolts

Wall and floor anchors a useful if you are storing a bike, or anything else large in your garage, as even if a burglar does get in , there is no way they will be able to remove anything attached to a floor or wall anchor (unless they have brought a chainsaw!). Extendable bolts work in the same way, as it gives you a strong fixed point embedded into a wall to attach your belongings.

 

Home insurance

When looking at improving your garage and outbuilding security, do not forget to include them in your home insurance cover. Calculate the total value of the contents in your garage and other outbuildings, and whether your home insurance payout will be sufficient compensation. If not, consider discussing additional cover with your insurer. In the unfortunate event of a break in, you want to be in the position to claim for the goods missing.

What is ‘Fishing’?

Fishing is a technique used by thieves to gain entry into someones garage. They push the top of the door inwards, to create a gap. The burglar can then insert a wire with a hook on the end, and try to trigger the release cord. Once the cord is hooked, one good pull will open the garage door, allowing them access.

 

How to prevent ‘Fishing’

You can make a garage door ‘shield’ which makes grabbing the release chord with a hook almost impossible. You can use a scrap piece of wood and sew it to the openers arm and secure it with 2 nails. Make sure you use a relatively weak piece of wood, so if anything (such as your car) runs into the door, it will just break, rather than damage the opening mechanism

Further reading:

How to Help Prevent Your Car Being Stolen 

The Reality of Home Insurance Requirements 

Motorhome Security 

Remember, Remember, Your Home Security this November!

Bonfire night security

Remember, Remember, Your Home Security this November!

While the whole family is out revelling in the firework festivities, it’s crucial to ensure your home is left safe and secure on Bonfire Night. According to Aviva, statistically, your house is more prone to being burgled on Bonfire Night than any other night of the year, with the number of incidents increasing by a huge 22%. This is simply due to people forgetting to lock their doors and windows whilst being distracted throughout the night by firework displays. Follow these simple tips to ensure you have a night to remember for all the right reasons!

If you are going out to celebrate, make sure to secure all your doors and windows, and ensure the burglar alarm is activated.  If the locks on your doors or windows are damaged and do not provide maximum security, we recommend you call a reliable Keytek Locksmith to change or repair your locks.

If you are holding a fireworks display in the garden, don’t make the mistake of leaving your front door unlocked, and your home exposed, while you are distracted. To increase the security of your home while you are distracted, consider installing an outdoor CCTV camera that can be monitored using your smartphone.

Leaving on some lights, the TV, or radio will deter any intruders by giving the impression that someone is home.  A TV simulator switches between differently coloured lights to suggest that you are watching television, and can be left running for six to eight hours.  Why not check out our ‘Bluff the Burglar’ infographic for more intelligent ways you can fool a burglar into thinking there is someone home. https://keytek.co.uk/blog/bluff-the-burglar/

Outbuildings often store many valuable items ranging from bicycles to barbeques, therefore it is important to secure your garden shed with a strong padlock. The Master 612 Pro Series Weather Tough Standard Shackle Padlock is a heavy duty padlock featuring 6 pin mechanisms and weather protection, ideal for increasing the security on your sheds and outbuildings. https://www.keytekshop.co.uk/product/master-612-pro-series-weather-tough-standard-shackle-padlocks

If you have a reliable neighbour who won’t be celebrating, it is worth asking them if they could keep an ear and eye open while you are out. It may be worth organising a neighbourhood watch scheme in your local area, this will help reduce crime such as burglary and anti-social behaviour.

Whilst we humans may be excited about the big bangs and whizzes, don’t forget your pets! As well as the apparent dangers of fireworks and bonfires, be aware it can be a very distressing time for pets. The best way to assist your pets to deal with fireworks involves behavioural modification, such as playing a CD with fireworks noises to desensitise them to the sound over a period of time, or investing in pheromone diffusers to calm your pet.

Further reading:

Home Gadgets That Rival Q From James Bond 

Do your locks meet your insurance requirements? 

Autumn Home Security Checklist