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Outdoor Security Advice


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Outdoor security systems fall into two main types – lighting and cameras. You may choose to install one of these, or both as an integral system. This is often more effective and offers both a deterrent and see how any break in or trespass happened. We’re going to cover security lighting and security cameras to make your home more secure.


Should I get security lighting?

There’s no ‘one size fits all’ solution for home security lighting and there are plenty of options to suit different needs. From simple lighting to more complex solutions, there’s lighting that’s ideal for better patio, driveway or garden security.

  • Halogen and LED Outdoor Lighting
  • Solar Security Lighting
  • Timer Security Lights
  • Light-Sensitive Security Lights
  • Motion Detector Lighting

Do security lights deter burglars?

Burglars, like any thieves, are opportunists and mostly look for easy targets. Shadowy spaces with no lighting are less likely to put a burglar off than well-lit gardens and driveways. With this in mind, ensure security lighting is placed into particularly dark corners of lawns and gardens. Security lighting should also be set to highlight driveways, illuminating  properties by doors and windows, as well as sheds and outdoor storage.

However, lighting may not be enough when it comes to offering full protection from burglary. That’s why investing in a security camera equipment adds another layer to making your home secure.


Choosing outdoor security cameras

When choosing a security camera, where it, or they, will go is probably one of the most important things to consider. For example, a battery powered camera can be positioned away from a power source, but it might not offer the continual usage you need. Alternatively, a mains-powered camera can capture footage overnight or while you’re away, but will need to be fitted close to mains power, or have an effective and weatherproof extension, for example. Privacy must also be a consideration, so be careful where the camera is pointing. Cameras should not point into your home or your neighbour’s windows! 


What are smart security cameras?

Choosing your security camera means considering convenience and practicality, especially when it comes to security that fits around your life. Smart security cameras have made a huge difference to how we protect the home. Technology has opened up more options for home security, with smart devices giving better functionality to homeowners. 


Before these developments, surveillance and CCTV cameras were often wired to monitors stuck in one room. Now you can access footage through laptops, tablets and smartphones for both outdoor and indoor security. Depending on the camera, or the compatible app, you can either see live video or access recorded footage at a later time. 

No matter what you decide, whether you choose security lighting, security cameras or a mixture of both, these forms of home security can act as both a deterrent for, or possibly evidence against, a burglar. If you’ve found this guide useful, you’ll find more home security advice right here.


Disclaimer: The information contained on this page is intended as an overall introduction and is not intended as specific advice from a qualified professional. Travis Perkins aims to avoid, but accepts no liability, in the case that any information stated is out of date.