Enhancing and Securing Luxury Property
By Tony Parkes
Jan 15, 2016
It probably comes as no surprise that high value luxury property poses an elevated risk in terms of security. As an owner of such property, you will no doubt be prepared to invest wisely in robust systems that offer the strongest levels of protection possible, but of course you are going to want to keep one eye firmly on aesthetics, because the last thing you want to do is impair the visual appeal of the home that you have invested so much care and attention into design wise.
The good news is there are a growing number of security measures that have been designed with maintaining the look of prestige property in mind, and we’ll start by taking a look at two of them in this post.
Security shutters offer an additional level of physical protection and are particularly beneficial to householders with valuable possessions to protect. There are numerous options including manual and remote controlled versions, and the main decision you will have ahead of you is whether to opt for an external or internal system.
Depending on the type of system, there will usually be other security measures to consider. The fact that shutters are down will of course bring attention to the fact that the property is empty, which means an intruder alarm and CCTV are going to be crucial. There are various advantages and disadvantages of roller shutters, not least the fact that some will require planning permission, and this is something we will dedicate a future post to in its entirety.
In the meantime, we wanted to highlight the fact that there are now options on the market that are specifically designed for luxury properties, offering superior levels of security and reassurance without detracting from high specification interior design. Coupled with a made to measure service and a wide variety of finishes, you will be able to enjoy peace of mind courtesy of a system that is seamlessly integrated with your décor. Furthermore, the controls can be incorporated into an existing property management system if required, bringing everything conveniently to your fingertips.
Sliding and Folding Doors
Inline sliding patio and bi-fold doors are a popular luxury design option thanks to the way they flood a living space with natural light, and present uninterrupted views to the outdoors. Elegant yet practical, the doors can become a feature in themselves when expert attention is paid to the blending of shades and styles. But how do they fair when it comes to security?
Doors fitted with enhanced British Standards compliant multipoint locks, lockable security handles, heavy duty shoot bolts and high security locking cylinders will offer the peace of mind needed to back the aesthetics and thermally efficient frames and high performance safety glass will not only boost security, but energy efficiency too. Models featuring these benefits are now widely available.
Consulting with security professionals when purchasing sliding or folding doors will ensure the right choices are made.
Two Final Tips
In this post we have looked at just two of the physical security measures that offer a combination of high protection and aesthetics and so are particularly beneficial for prestige properties. It pays to remember however that a layered approach to security is essential, combining various security measures – physical, mechanical and electronic – for the highest possible level of safety for you, your family and your possessions.
That was our first final tip for this post. Our second is, whenever you are looking at investing in a security system, it is wise to consult with your insurers. More often than not you will find that they have specific requirements, such as a system that is National Approval Council for Security Systems (NACOSS) approved, together with professional, accredited installation. Annual maintenance and servicing by qualified technicians will likely be required in addition.
If you are an owner of high value, prestige property, or any property that calls for specialist security such as a listed building or a home located in a conservation area, there are dedicated experts at Barry Bros Security with the experience and knowledge to equip you with all the guidance you need to make the right decisions. Maintaining the visual appeal of your property is as important to us as it is to you, so you can rest assured that all our recommendations will take this into consideration.