No longer is rural England about endless meadows and idyllic farms dotted with the odd little brick house and barn. While the Campaign to Protect Rural England has been trying to keep the countryside pristine and free from building activity, developers have obtained permission to construct tens of thousands of homes. While this may seem like a huge number, though, it is likely to have little effect on the rural character of the countryside. It's a vast area after all.
Whether you choose a quaint little cottage in the middle of a farm or one of the newer developments, you aren't likely to live in a crowded neighbourhood.
As heartening as it can be that the quiet rural character of the countryside will always be protected, it can be a challenge ensuring security, especially given the fact that unemployment in Britain today stands at 6%, and is reported to be on the rise. According to DixonsEstateAgents.co.uk, crime rates tend to be lower outside of urban areas, insurance studies have shown that close to 7% of rural residents are victims of burglary each year. Such crime results in an annual loss of property worth at least £50 million.
The challenge with deploying security on rural properties
Out in the country, homes are far larger. With outhouses, barns, sheds, garages, add-on buildings and multiple approaches and entryways, it can be a challenge to restrict access. The challenge lies in finding a way to deploy modern security technology to cover such expansive areas.
The first step to take is to make sure that your home has simple, old-fashioned security that works -- doors and windows in good condition, with quality locks that work. If you have multiple entry points, it can add up to some serious expense to adequately equip them all, and far too many people tend to be lax about it. This is an important step, though.
It is especially important to make sure that burglars find nothing lying around your yard that they could want to attempt to come in for. All items such as lawnmowers, quadricycles, bikes and cars should be placed out of sight, away inside a garage.
It's important to not help potential intruders
Most burglars tend to try to take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves. Rather than pack their own tools, for instance, they will often simply swing by homes in the dark, look around for any ladders or tools lying around, and use them to get in. It's important to make sure that you leave nothing around that could be used in this manner.
Deploying digital security
Digital door locks are an effective line of defence. Not only are the locks themselves of robust build, the digital technology that they come with is able to be put to use to grant access only to those who have the secret PIN number handy. Quality digital door locks make breaking in much harder.
Motion sensors can be a particularly valuable addition to large estates it's important to invest in motion sensor technology that is advanced enough to be able to tell the difference between moving animals and moving intruders, though. Such sensors can be extremely effective when coupled with security cameras and recording systems.
Farm security systems
Rather than try conventional security companies that simply offer security solutions for doors, windows and other points of entry, it's a good idea to go to dedicated farm security companies that offer security technology for the specific types of challenges faced by rural dwellers.
GSM wireless security: These are simple and cheap motion detectors connected to cellular networks. Homeowners receive simple text message alerts when motion is sensed.
GPRS wireless security: More sophisticated than GSM systems, these do not simply send signals directly to homeowners when security is breached; rather, they send messages to alarm receiving centres. Trained workers at these places make sure that the authorities are instantly notified in the event of trouble.
Rapid deployment alarm system: RDAS systems work through GPRS, and are one of the most advanced ways of securing farms or other rural properties. These systems feature new technology called visual verification to minimize the occurrence of false positives, which can be a challenge with other technologies. It involves having images captured by the security cameras on the property and sent to the call centres for verification before either the authorities or the homeowner is notified.
These security systems even involve include special components that help monitor water trough levels, power failure alarms and temperature change alarms for areas where livestock are housed. These ensure that homeowners need to venture outside in the dark as little as possible.
Minimizing chances of entry into the property
As important as it is to take care of home security, ensuring the integrity of the perimeter of the estate isn't be overlooked, either. Keeping fencing around the estate in good condition and illuminating the property well helps prevent crimes.
Finally, it makes sense to understand how even the best home security can only go so far. Once you do your best to install a well-designed security system, you should turn your attention to insuring your estate. Insurance provides security of a different kind.