CCTV

Security vs. Privacy

One of the reasons people become homeowners is for the privacy that comes with it. Renters have to put up with their landlords occasionally making visits, a reminder that their space doesn’t belong to them. Arguably, this is linked to homeowners being concerned about security. It’s a question of making their personal haven a place they can retreat to after a long day. However, some security measures can seem like they’re at odds with personal privacy. In this post, we take a look at how you can balance your necessary security with coveted privacy.

CCTV

Infamously, we are the most watched nation on Earth. Or at least, that was the case at the start of this century – following the passage of the Snooper’s Charter, we have lost all semblance of any ‘real’ privacy. Some people don’t mind or notice, others feel it to be a gross infringement of our rights as individuals. The fact of the matter is that our high streets, our parks and our pavements are all under continuous surveillance, one way or another.

It’s important to remember that your own CCTV system can not be used to ‘spy’ on you. It is controlled by you, with the cameras set up in areas to monitor the perimeter of your property or watching potentially vulnerable areas. This might include a business gate that needs to be accessible 24 hours a day, or a public right of way running past your land. As long as you make it clear to members of the public that they are being surveilled, you can install a CCTV camera anywhere on your property. And although some of our systems come with the ability to alert a remote monitoring station in the event of an intruder, police will only be able to review your CCTV recordings if you provide them.

Perimeter Monitoring

One way of protecting your home is to install a perimeter monitoring system. Utilising a series of underground tubes, it can detect changes in weight. If an intruder enters the perimeter – usually the edges of your property – then it will immediately sound an alert. Like your CCTV equipment or alarms, perimeter monitoring can be incorporated as part of an integrated security system, feeding all of the information back to one place.

You never need to feel as if your home is insecure or that your privacy is being impinged upon, since no one will be able to get close without your knowing about it.

Security gates

The ultimate addition in maintaining the privacy of your home, a high-quality security gate puts you in total control of anyone entering or leaving the property. Using an access control system, you can monitor the front gate from your home or from your smartphone, meaning you can speak to any visitor and operate the gate from anywhere in the world.

Fortunately, you can also choose from a variety of different styles so as to complement your home’s existing aesthetic. Depending on your property and your reasons for installing a security gate, you may want to lean more towards elegance, or to portray an air of security.