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Is a house alarm a must in London? How to protect from burglary?

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    My beloved bicycle which I had for 6 years got stolen. Some scumbag pos jumped our family home garden fence and nicked it. Anyway now I'm paranoid that this god damn scum or his scummy god damn friends will have our house marked for a future big score and I'm scared to leave my family house alone because the best we can do is lock the doors but I imagine it still wouldn't be a big problem for this piece of human garbage to break in when no one is there. How does everyone even protect their houses? Am I just an idiot for not yet having a house alarm? Even if I did what good is it if we know that someone is breaking in if we're too far away to stop it?
    Any advice?

    Found this on Google.

    A sensible arrangement of leaving lights switched on inside the house while the house is unoccupied can help to give the impression to a passer-by that the house is in fact occupied. It is sensible to use a downstairs room with a drawn curtain and sufficient light inside to suggest that the room is occupied. A light should not be left on solely in the hall - a thief may guess that the premises are unoccupied as it is not normal for the occupants to spend all night only in the hall! Tips
    • Invest in a strong door and door frame with good quality locks.
    • PVCu and aluminium doors generally have multi-locking systems. When you lock the door, remember to remove the key. Always put keys in a safe and easily accessible place in case of fire.
    • Internal letterbox shields also prevent access to the handle inside or keys being fished through the letterbox.
    • Frames should be reinforced with reinforcing metal strips called ‘London’ and ‘Birmingham’ bars.
    • Hinge bolts should be fitted to outward opening doors.
    • Glass panels in doors should be replaced with laminated glass or reinforced with security film or grilles.
    • Door viewers enable residents to see callers before they open the door.
    • Wooden back doors should be solid timber, with a British Standard 5-lever mortice lock and two mortice rack bolts.
    • French, patio and balcony doors should have a minimum of three locking points. Patio doors should be fitted with an anti-lift device to prevent them being lifted from their runners.
    • All ground floor windows and any windows that are easily accessible must have key operated window locks.
    • Audible intruder alarm systems with flashing lights are a good deterrent against burglary.
    • Security lighting increases vision and makes burglars feel vulnerable and at risk of being seen.
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