Leaving lights switched on inside the house while the house itself is unoccupied can substantially help to give the impression to a passer-by that the house is in fact occupied. It is sensible to use a downstairs room with a drawn curtain and sufficient light inside to suggest that the room is occupied. A light should not be left on solely in the hall - a thief may guess that the premises are unoccupied as it is not normal for the occupants to spend all night only in the hall. There are many automatic devices available - from simple to the extremely sophisticated - that will turn lights on and off in random fashion and may even be set to control other electrical appliances such as the radio or TV. Automatic switching will help to convince the casual thief that the house is occupied.
Much of the time security lighting will be all that is necessary to scare off a potential intruder, but do remember, lighting cannot work miracles. It is sensible to make sure that your physical defences - the locks, the bars and window bolts - will resist attack. A Scicom ip CCTV solution linked to suitable sensor operated lighting and alarm can provide a comprehensive deterrant.
It is also important to let your neighbours know that you are out, and if you are a member of your neighbourhood watch scheme so much the better. You can also inform your local police station that you are away. Lighting does have its limitations - burglaries often take place during daylight hours; if the light is activated, someone has to notice it - and take action.
Lighting should be seen as an aid, but on its own may not be sufficient to deter a burglar.
The most common form of lighting is controlled with passive infra-red which is activated when someone comes into its field of vision. The light can be set to stay on for a set time and then it will re-set if the cause of its activation is no longer present. A passive infra-red unit can activate single or multiple lights.
Lights can be useful on the approach to a front or rear door or garage, not only lighting up if someone approaches your house, but also when you approach, so that you can see if anyone is lurking in the shadows. It must be remembered though that lights can also be activated by certain animals.
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