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by Lisa George
As an Interior designer, you’ll have plenty of considerations to make. Including layout and design, colour schemes, health, safety and property security features. This goes for both commercial and domestic interior design.
When it comes to suggesting the right security solutions your client, the challenge is, how do you integrate security features into a property without compromising the look of your overall design?
“According to statistics, a property with no security features in place is five times more likely to fall victim to a burglary”
Here. we examine 5 key security considerations for you so you are able to arm yourself with ideas for security integration in your next interior design pitch.
Door and window locks and contacts
First, look at the obvious security features that can be implemented like ensuring that windows and doors can be secured and locked sufficiently.
The windows and doors of any property are going to be the primary target for burglars. These are the primary entrance points and as such, stressing the importance of excellent security here will help get you the buy-in you need from your client.
Every window and door should be fitted with the latest multi-locking mechanisms as standard. Then, to ensure even more security it would be worth recommending security contacts. When set, any unexpected movement would result in an alarm being triggered.
Burglar Alarm Systems
Despite having burglar alarms in place, these are often left inactivated. It’s not just burglars who have suggested homes and commercial properties are often left empty without alarm systems activated: According to a Halifax survey, 34% of homeowners with a burglar alarm said they rarely activate it when leaving home.
To make matters worse, neighbours don’t take the sound of a burglar alarm too seriously, 33% of the survey respondents said they wouldn’t react to a burglar alarm being activated, instead they’d believe it to be a false alarm. Perhaps because of the severity of these stats, it’s worth showcasing your security knowledge to your clients by offering security alternatives such as motion sensors, access control systems and monitors and CCTV which we’ll also talk about in more detail.
Another opportunity to improve the security of client property is by recommending motion sensors. These clever gadgets are able to monitor the property and detect intruders.
Exterior lights are very common with motion sensor technology, but interior sensors can be hooked to alarms and can even be pet friendly.
Your client will be able to activate and deactivate motion sensors at will, so they can be protected at night or whenever the property is unoccupied.
Access control and monitors
For high-end domestic properties and business premises, it’s worth giving attention to access control systems. These systems provide excellent security by ensuring only authorised personnel are able to access a building.
For commercial properties, employees can be provided with dedicated key cards or pin numbers.
For domestic use, homeowners will have the extra security ensuring their property isn’t easily accessed.
With access control it’s also possible to integrate a monitoring screen. Therefore, any visitors will be shown on the monitor and you’ll able to allow them entry or turn them away as appropriate.
CCTV has been used for years and is a very effective to not only deter criminals but also ensure there is sufficient evidence for a later prosecution.
With CCTV cameras, criminals have fewer places to hide and by recording their actions the footage can be used in court.
CCTV doesn’t have to be overly visible and certainly doesn’t have to ruin the design. In fact, it’s very easy to complement the interior design with pinhole cameras keeping them discreet.
Placing visible CCTV externally acts as a sufficient deterrent to criminals.
Security cameras can also be integrated with other forms of security, such as monitored alarms. For high-end domestic properties and commercial buildings, if an alarm is triggered the CCTV will automatically activate.
In conclusion, your ideas don’t have to be stunted by the integration of security, the security elements can really complement your concepts and by arming yourself with the latest security product information it can really help you during the pitch stage to build trust with your client.
Even if security isn’t a key focus of the client’s request, you’ll certainly impress them with some brilliant ideas.
Whether you are working with domestic or commercial properties, security should be taken very seriously.
Stuck for ideas or want to know what’s possible? Talk to us! We’ll show you ideas for integrating the latest security solutions into any interior design ideas imaginable.