Having lived in Spain for the last four years you can’t help but notice the concerns of home owners on both the Costa del Sol and inland. Eye on Spain helps to reduce those worries by keeping you informed.
One of the areas that is a growing problem is security. Break-in’s have been in the press a lot more recently. What is more, in isolated areas burglars have been known to enter while the owners are at home, by pass security systems by cutting telephone cables, use gas to knock out anyone inside (including dogs) and sometimes go so far as to tie up and gag their victims.
Recently in the SUR in English figures were released that make frightening reading.
“With an average of 15,490 burglaries every year, we are told by the insurance Association Unespa that it works out to be an average of two every hour with an average time of only four minutes”
How many times have you been in a situation when you have thought “if I had just planned things better, the outcome would have been so different” remembering a shopping list is one thing but what about home security ? Often this thought doesn’t arise until you or someone you know is unfortunate enough to experience the trauma of a burglary.
Many people are so distressed by the experience that they leave their homes and start a new life elsewhere. Residence associations are united in their thinking that the burglars now work in organised gangs and that securing a home or business against this and any other type of intrusion is getting increasingly difficult.
So what can be done?
Security systems have had to become more affective. Something that is new to the market here in Spain but has actually been used by the likes of the Bank of England, Tescos and Boots in the UK may well be what many home owners have been waiting for.
At this years security industry awards ( IFSEC ) in the UK the latest version of this product was awarded the best physical security award of 2007 and earned ISO 9001 accreditation allowing it to be sold throughout Europe.
The company responsible for brining this technology to Spain is Anti- Intruder Prevention Systems (AIPS) based in Marbella, the system is simple in its idea but so affective, that it will stop a burglary in seconds.
Richard Bloom from AIPS described it to me……..
‘Imagine an instant smoke-screen. Smoke that DOES NOT damage property, paintings, electrical equipment, your pets or you. That, within 10 seconds, totally blocks any intruder’s path. They can not even see their hands in front of their face let alone your possessions! When you add the option of the 127dB duel frequency sound blaster that causes nausea (only in humans) the effects are awesome!!’
What would you do in that situation? You would get out and fast! This has been proven to happen time and again with the smoke-screen technology.
AIPS will advise you on which rooms the smoke and sound would be most affective in. Giving you and your family the best protection while away or asleep. The system is compact, being culmination of 35 years of development. Because of it’s simplicity, it can be installed as a stand alone or as an add-on to your existing security system, and for people on the move, there is also a portable version.