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How to protect your home like the rich and famous

Hollywood A listers live in the lap of luxury and so it’s no surprise that they splash out on elaborate security measures. Rapper 50 Cent has admitted to spending an eye-watering $20,000 (£12,375) per week on security as his mansion in Connecticut. This means that over the course of a year, the global superstar shells out over $1 million protecting his property. OK, so you might not want to spend quite this much on keeping your family home safe. However, by implementing a few savvy security measures, you can protect your home and your loved ones like the rich and famous without busting your budget in the process. Here are some top tips to help you along the way.

Use CCTV

It’s now simple to get your hands on superb quality CCTV systems. Lots of people assume that this equipment is only used by the super-rich or by companies to protect large premises. However, there are now lots of different products on offer that cater to a variety of needs. For example, Big Brother Systems offers a selection of CCTV solutions that are ideal for typical domestic environments.

Ideally for home settings, you want your cameras to be seen. This can help ensure they are more effective as a deterrent. With this in mind, it’s worth considering the range of hi-visibility neon-coated cameras now available.

Don’t worry if you don’t know what you’re doing when it comes to these systems. You don’t need to be a technical whizz to operate them. Your manufacturer will be able to provide you with all the guidance and information you need.

Install IR beams

You might not have even heard of infrared (IR) security beams, but these systems are becoming increasingly popular in the UK and around the world. These solutions are even more effective than standard alarms when it comes to preventing crime. The kits emit IR beams and when these beams are interrupted, an alarm is sounded.

They can be positioned around the perimeter of your garden and can detect intruders before they’ve even reached your home. They are set at waist height so that wildlife and cats can walk underneath them without triggering a response.

This impressive technology might seem a little James Bond at first, but you’ll get used to it in no time. The kits are easy to install and use, and they can help to boost your peace of mind.

Upgrade to video entry systems

You might already have standard voice entry systems installed at your property. However, it’s well worth upgrading to video entry versions. Being able to not only hear but also see who is calling on you puts you in greater control of who you let into your property. You might be especially glad of these solutions if your buzzer sounds late in the evening or at night.

Cover the basics

As well as these hi-tech systems, remember to cover the basics. For example, no home security system is complete without good quality door and window locks. Even the world’s wealthiest and most powerful individuals have to think about this issue when they’re protecting their properties. Heavy duty door locks needn’t set you back much money at all and they can make breaking into your home much more difficult.
It’s also worth taking advantage of security lights. Most criminals prefer to operate under the cover of darkness and so if they can’t get close to your home without being put in the spotlight, they’re much less likely to break in.

The chaos of family life may leave your head in a spin, but always make sure you close all your windows, lock your doors and set your alarms before you leave your property. After all, it’s no good having top-notch locks and security solutions if you don’t remember to use them.


By following these simple but effective tips, you can help ensure that your home is secure. The best thing is, as long as you know where to look for your CCTV systems, IR beams, video entry systems and other products,  you won’t need a celebrity budget to benefit from top-class security.

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