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Equip your home: Safely in your new home

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Burglary, fire, intoxication…, many risks weigh on the inhabitants of a house. Properly equipping your new home limits the risks. Alarms, entrance doors, window locks, CO2 sensors… What are the essential equipment to remain serene on a daily basis.

 

Equip your new home against burglaries

190 burglaries in France in 300

More than 50% of French people fear being robbed. And this is not an irrational fear since more than 1 in 5 French people have already been the victim of a cambriolage. According to the latest figures from the Ministry of the Interior, 190 burglaries took place in 2021. Relatively stable figures in recent years, but which conceal regional disparities. Some regions are particularly affected, such as Ile de France. There Nouvelle Aquitaine and l'Occitania are among the front runners. There Gironde and Haute-Garonne are among the departments most affected by home burglaries in 2019. However, few households are equipped with protection against this risk.

Frequent burglaries in the region push to equip his house.
Home burglaries recorded in the regions in 2019.
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New homes: a prime target

In search of equipment that can be easily resold, burglars are more likely to target recent homes that have just been fitted out. Overall, it is more risky to live in the city than in the countryside. Secondary residences, such as isolated houses in the countryside, curiously have less of the coast. Taking jewelry, money, computer equipment, etc., burglars act preferably during school holidays, in the absence of the owners.

 

Protect your land

If you fear theft, it is better to opt for a high fence. More difficult to cross when they are higher than 2 meters, they also avoid, when they are opaque, the temptation of passers-by. In addition, defensive spikes and smooth surfaces will deter attempts at climbing.

A well-protected front door in a new house

54% of burglars who decide to visit your home simply go through the front door. It is generally estimated that if they do not manage to force the lock in less than 5 minutes they try another opening.
If it is impossible to prevent someone from entering, they can nevertheless be deterred and slowed down. I'National Observatory of Delinquency and Penal Responses (ONDRP) recommends the use of a reinforced door associated with a reinforced lock. A sturdy door with recessed safety locks with 1 to 6 closing points will be more effective against picking and break-in attempts.

Equip your house with secure windows and shutters

Windows, especially on the ground floor can be vulnerable. These are ultimately the shutters which are the main element of protection. A bar will reinforce the safety of shutters the shutters, easier to force must be solid, preferably thick wood or metal for more security. The blocks of roller shutters often equipped with an anti-lifting system are effective equipment against infringements.
If you sometimes want to keep a door or window open, the defense grids iron sealed in the masonry offers interesting protection. On the window side, a burglar-proof double glazing complete the set. Other systems allow the window to lock in the open position to allow ventilation of the house at night without fear of night intrusions.

To go further, read our article What shutters in a new house ?

Equip your house with surveillance cameras: very dissuasive equipment. Photo by Pawel Czerwinski on Unsplash

Alarm systems and connected home

For fear of accidental tripping and of not mastering the operation, few French people are equipped with alarm systems. According to'ONDRP, they nevertheless reduce the risk of cambriolage 34% for houses and 47% for apartments.
Once in operation, these systems detect intrusions in order to deter or delay a burglar. It can also be plugged in at night to secure your nights. wired, radio or mixed, many solutions ofalarms are offered by manufacturers. The equipment is more and more efficient, even intelligent. Capable for the most sophisticated of distinguishing an animal from a person, these devices now reduce the number of false alarms.

 

Simulate his presence

Weekends, holidays, but also working days…, most thefts take place in the absence of the inhabitants. A home automation system can simulate your presence by randomly switching on the lights, opening or closing the roller shutters or the radio.

A remotely monitored accommodation

Un remote monitoring system goes further than a simple alarm and is very dissuasive. Access to the accommodation is monitored. In the event of an intrusion, siren, lighting of the lamps and call for a cmonitoring center, depending on the options, will be engaged.
Another advantage: it is possible to combine safety and medical assistance. Indeed, for the older among us, some alarm systems incorporate emergency call buttons.

Equip your home against fire: mandatory smoke detector

This essential equipment prevents fire hazards. Indeed, the risk is always present, even in a recent house built by a builder. Every year, the home fires are responsible for approximately 500 deaths and 10 victims in France. Every private home must now be equipped with at least one smoke detector functional, compliant with European standard NF EN 14 604. If you are building to rent, the owner is responsible for purchasing and installing this smoke detector. autonomous smoke alarm detector (Daaf), usually called a smoke detector, is a device that detects smoke and emits an audible signal loud enough to wake a sleeping person. THE Dave must be installed in all dwellings. The occupant (tenant or owner) must Declare to your insurer that the accommodation is equipped with a Daaf.
Securely fixed to the ceiling, it must be installed as far as possible from the Food or bathroom, preferably in the circulation or hallway (landing, corridor) serving the bedrooms. In the big houses, several pieces of equipment will generally be installed, and if there are several levels, it is recommended to install one Daaf per floor. It is important to respect the installation rules and to choose the right detector, because untimely triggering linked to cooking fumes often gets the better of the patience of the inhabitants. The association What to choose give here some clues to choose the right smoke detector.

Equipping your home with a smoke detector is mandatory and safer. Freepik

Protect yourself from the risk of poisoning

With electric heaters en new house, the risk ofcarbon monoxide poisoning is restricted. Odorless, carbon monoxide is responsible for many deaths in France, to the point that it is nicknamed the “silent killer”.
It is the result of poor combustion of carbonaceous substances (wood, butane, coal, fuel oil, natural gas, etc.) when the oxygen supply is poor. The risks are reduced in a new house, where the air supply is respected and the standards scrupulously respected. Most CO poisonings are due to the malfunctioning of the heaters and hot water production or lack of maintenance. Be careful therefore to check that the ventilation vents are not blocked in a kitchen where the stove is powered by gas, for example. Also pay attention to a chimney blocked or to an auxiliary heating on fuel… Equipping your house with CO detectors allows you to be warned as soon as the situation becomes worrying.

The advisers Sic houses will be able to help you find the equipment and configuration of the house that will meet both your choices and the configuration of your future new home.

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