Category Archives: Tips and Guides

Coronavirus and Security – What You Need to Know

Coronavirus has impacted our day to day lives in ways that we have not seen in generations. Businesses deemed as non-essential have closed their doors, those that continue to work have migrated to remote working and a lockdown has been enforced across the UK.

Whilst the virus has brought out some of the best in humanity, there are unfortunately still some that are using the uncertainty and unprecedented nature of the situation to their advantage.

Read our latest blog on security considerations for coronavirus, ensuring that your business premises remains safe and secure throughout the pandemic.

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Going Away This Christmas? – Thornhill’s Top Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe

With longer nights and shorter days, winter becomes a prime time for burglars to operate, with an average 25% spike in home burglaries over autumn and winter.

What’s more, the Christmas period sees more high-value gifts be put at risk when left unsecured, making easy pickings for potential burglars.

However, there is plenty you can do to protect your home and valuables this festive season.  Read our latest blog to find our top tips for keeping your home and valuables safe over Christmas, with product recommendations and practical advice from the experts.  Continue reading

Christmas Security: Our Top 7 Tips

Security At ChristmasChristmas brings excitement for many, both children and adults alike. The delights of festive foods, gift giving, and spending time with the family are the pinnacles of a great Christmas. But, unfortunately, Christmas is also a prosperous and joyous occasion for thieves across the globe.

Caught up in festive spirit many individuals and homeowners lose sense of keeping their homes and belongings secure. Subject to a higher than normal value of contents, thanks to a pile of gifts, gadgets, and jewellery our homes are a hotspot for burglar activity as we leave them unattended to enjoy parties and visit relatives. So rather than let your home become subject to a real life Grinch literally stealing Christmas, ensure your property, cars, and gifts are out of prying hands. Follow our top tips below:

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Small business security

Our Top Security Tips for Small Business Owners

As a business owner, you have a lot on your daily and weekly to do list – from managing staff and payroll through to keeping on top of sales figures and marketing activity. But how high up does security feature on your to do list?

Security covers a whole range of issues; the people you employ, the security products you have in place, your processes and policies to name a few.

The tips below have been written to help you think through the different areas of security for you and your company and can be used as a checklist to ensure you have the main areas covered.

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Guide To Securing Your Garage - Featured - Thornhill Security

The Ultimate Guide to Securing Your Garage

If like many Brits, you store valuables such as power tools, bikes and vehicles in your garage, it is important to ensure that you take the necessary steps to prevent break-ins and theft.

As well as the valuables that may be stored inside, garages are often connected to the home, giving intruders access to the property through the garage which is usually the weakest point.

To ensure your garage doesn’t become an easy target for thieves, we have highlighted everything you need to know about garage security, including the best tips and security products for keeping your garage and the valuables within secure at all times.

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Security Considerations When Caring For The Elderly

Are you someone who is caring for an elderly person on a long-term basis?

Whether you’re a paid carer, or just looking after a friend, neighbour, parent or other close relative, we understand how important it is for you to make sure that they are safe when in their home.

At Thornhill Security, we have a wide selection of specialist products designed to maintain high levels of security across your home, so you can have complete peace of mind that they will be safe in their home and able to be more independent.

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Air B&B Host? Our Top Tips for Securing Your Property

Tips For Securing Your B&B Image - ThornhillShort-term rentals are becoming increasingly popular, and there are a lot of homeowners out there that are finding that they can pull in a tidy income by renting out their homes to guests who prefer a personal approach in comparison to the traditional hotels out there.

Airbnb is a fantastic way to put your spare space to good use, and it’s convenient and easy to use the site for those who have no idea where to start. It’s not always plain sailing, while it may seem really easy: list your property, find tenants over the summer and bring in some cash – it’s not always that simple. All you have to do is search for ‘bad Airbnb guest reviews’ and bam, you’re in the rabbit hole and you end up believing that renting out your house is a bad idea.

From property damage to social media party frenzies, there are horror stories out there. The question is whether you are willing to see past the 5% of stories that are bad in comparison to the 95% of stories about Airbnb guests that are positive. Airbnb does a fantastic job of screening tenants and there are options for cover for some types of property up to $1 million, but they can’t cover everything. There are some things that are up to you to secure yourself, such as your personal information or important documents that you left behind in the rental.

There are ways as an Airbnb host that you can protect yourself against the threats out there, and you absolutely should look into these if you want your home to stay as secure as possible. Below, you will find some of the best tips that we’ve got to protect yourself and your valuables when renting out your property on Airbnb.

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New Years Resolutions For Your Office Security

New Years Resolutions 2019 ImageWith January well under way, those who work in or manage office buildings will likely have a lot on their plates, whether it’s budgeting, marketing or reviewing staff for the new year – but how much time do you spend reviewing your office security?

We’ve always been committed to providing robust, industry-leading products and services for offices, regardless of size or budget. In this blog post, we will cover the main areas of office security to review in 2017 to reduce the risk of crime at your office.

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Farm Security

Farm VehicleEarlier in the month, we spotted this article by the BBC on rural crime and how it has rocketed over the past few years. Many farmers have turned to ‘medieval’ type security measures such as forming earth walls and ditches to hinder casual crime.

Does this make you concerned about your own agricultural security? Whether you prefer to use older methods or modern security, it’s important to make sure you think about all angles and possibilities.

The best way decide what security is best for you is to put yourself in the mind of a criminal. If you were going to carry out a robbery on your own farm, what are your entrance routes, blind spots and how easy would it be?

By determining the risks, you may find that you can put some really simple measures in place to help keep yourself, farm, stock and assets safe.

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Why Use An MLA Approved Locksmith?

When searching for a locksmith, you may have noticed the term MLA (Master Locksmiths Association) on some locksmith’s websites, flyers or other marketing material.

The Master Locksmiths Association are a non-profit organisation and are the largest, most established and longest running Locksmith Association in the UK.

Thornhill Security has been a member of the MLA since 1998, with our MD and Founder, Phil Hill being an approved member since 1973.

So, what is the MLA set up to do? And why should you use an MLA approved locksmith? Find out in our latest blog post.

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