In the UK, we’re lucky to live in a country with such rich national beauty. For those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of urban areas, the countryside seems like an idyllic sanctuary. Both rural and metropolitan areas pose their own security risks. Typically, homes situated in urban locations with high crime rates are likely to experience burglaries, however, the secluded nature of rural properties can be appealing to an opportunist. In fact, the cost of crime to rural communities is thought to be around £800m per year.
There are many options to help those in rural properties feel safe and secure. The benefit of investing in security is two-fold.
1). Firstly, there’s the actual physical protection that comes with purchasing a security system. Those living in rural homes with obvious security systems are far less likely to experience break-ins than those without.
2). Secondly, there’s the psychological aspect of installing home security. Adding security to a country property increases feelings of home safety.
Options for Overcoming Security Concerns in Countryside Properties
There are many options available when considering security for a countryside property. CCTV and alarm systems are often a popular choice. Although they both offer a visual deterrent to an opportunist, they don’t provide any physical protection. In remote country locations, this is an issue since once the alarm has been raised; the response time can often be significant. This means that it could be too late to catch a thief and the valuables they have taken once police are sounded. Security shutters, on the other hand, incorporate both physical and visual protection.
Secure roller shutters are a great option to secure countryside homes. Our Equilux Shutter range is based on bespoke roller security shutter mechanics, which can be integrated into the fabric of a building at new build or renovation stages of a country property. This ensures a totally concealed solution when the shutters are raised in position with no visible box or guides, and when lowered, the shutters are both effective and discreet. For optimum aesthetics, shutters can be finished in materials such as timber or colour coated aluminium to complement the property style and local vernacular.
Remote management of countryside home security
Another point to consider is that many rural properties aren’t inhabited on a full-time basis. Countryside properties tend to often be second homes that are used on the weekend, or even holiday lets that remain vacant for large periods of time. Therefore, a combination of visual and physical protection is necessary for rural properties.
Bearing this in mind, we have designed our exclusive LockDown technology to ensure that domestic roller shutters are never left in an insecure state. We also offer the facility for the shutters to be controlled via an independent Building Management System (BMS), which is a computer-based central control system that monitors a property’s mechanical and electrical equipment, such as heating, lighting and security systems. This allows for status indication options providing notification to the owner if a shutter has been left open inadvertently. This can be managed from a single handheld device or even as an app on a smartphone, ensuring that you remain in constant control of your system, no matter where you are.
Equilux Shutters have experience in fitting secure roller shutters to countryside properties and can answer any questions you may have. Take a look at our projects page for further information on projects that we have recently completed. We also have spent time to put together a guide on bespoke, integrated security shutters for luxury homes. Alternatively, you can speak directly to a specialist on 0845 050 8705 or by completing the form below.