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Are home security systems worth the money?


The short answer is yes. The longer answer is that home security systems have come a long way from their early days, using new technology to give them increased strength and more customisation options for customers. Find a system which suits your desired security cover, offers a manageable interface, and fits your finances too. Read through this guide to find out why home security systems are worth the money, and how to get the best system for you.


Burglary statistics in Australia: why home security systems matter

While burglaries are thankfully not always serious and life-threatening, they inevitably cause a great deal of frustration and hassle for victims. Replacing lost items after a burglary or “home invasion” doesn’t always mean buying a new TV after your insurance money comes through. Attempting to replace driver’s licences, bank cards, locks on the front door (and so on) without any of the necessary documents is a real struggle. These are easy tasks when you have everything you need; but if someone steals them from you, it’s a fight you never saw coming.


Interestingly, a survey conducted in 2015 asked detainees convicted of breaking and entering for their perspective on burglary in Australia, and found that:


  • 40% believed minimal security is a risky mistake made by property owners/residents resulting in burglary.


  • 8% said that false systems simply didn’t cut it – they were not and would not be fooled.


  • Almost 50% said a working alarm system would have stopped them from breaking into a property.



Clearly, then, home security systems do add protection and deter potential burglars from attempting to break in. In this case, they are certainly worth the money and will give you peace of mind when tucking yourself into bed for the night.


What systems are available?

So, we’ve shown that home security systems are certainly useful, but how can you tell the best from the worst? How do you decide which ones suit your situation and which ones offer empty promises?


Researching available systems is the best way to find the right one for you. Here are some tips to keep in mind while you search:



  • Your finances; there’s no point buying a system you won’t be able to afford a few months down the line.



  • The interface: is it important to you to monitor your security when away from home via a mobile app? Do you need a self-monitoring or more automated service?


  • Customer service. Good customer service when buying and setting up your system indicates how helpful a company will be if you ever experience problems.


  • Unnecessary set-up costs and strict, risky contracts.




Start the search for the right system for you, today, and secure your home for years to come. It’s well worth the money.

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With the results of climate change more visible by the year, more and more of us are asking what we can do to help address the problem in our everyday lives.


Indeed, in a recent survey, nearly 72% of respondents said that environmental concerns directly influenced where they shopped. Concerns about excess packaging, inefficient production processes and wastage of unsold inventory are among the most serious issues today’s retail sector faces, and consumers are absolutely right to vote for more responsible outlets with their wallets.


But there’s also a great deal people can do when they get home from the shops. And the beauty of investing in making your own home greener is that you’ll save money in the process. So read on for some tips on changes you can make to cut down on pollution, wastage – and your outgoings.


Solar panels

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It may be an obvious place to start, but that’s for a good reason – installing solar panels (usually on your roof) will also reduce your electricity bill. And, while once upon a time, solar power might have seemed more an option for wealthy families, the cost of the technology has fallen every year since they reached the market.


Unfortunately, the subsidies offered by the UK government to solar-powered households ended in March 2019. As a result, although those installing from now will save money on every bill, the initial investment may take some time to recoup. On the plus side, you will have a local source of power independent from the National Grid, and you’ll know that you’re certainly helping the planet.


If solar panels aren’t possible, you could instead switch to a green energy supplier. Many companies now offer very competitive deals – on electricity and gas – for far cleaner energy than the fossil industry giants.


Heat pump


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Another technological solution which can increase the value of your home is a ground source heat pump.


These devices – typically installed in the grounds of a home – take low-level heat from the ground and surrounding air before compressing it (much like a bicycle pump). Thus transformed, homes can be centrally heated by inexpensive energy produced right there on your property.


In fact, they’re so well-regarded as a means of making homes eco-friendly, the UK government offers a number of financial incentives for consumers considering installing one.



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Nowadays, we’re all accustomed to recycling our packaging – from cardboard to plastics to glass. But another option to consider – especially if you have a garden (or just window-boxes!) is a rather more old-fashioned idea – the compost heap.


Food and garden waste is often an excellent source of nutrients for your plants, though it has to break down first. A simple way of doing this in a sealed, compact space is a composter. Buy one made of recycled materials and the unit will gradually turn domestic waste into compost that will see your garden thrive.


And unlike some concentrated fertilisers on the market, natural compost will slowly release its nutrients over time, providing good, clean – and safe – fuel for growing plants.



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