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Keeping a Thatched Roof Property Safe

If you own a thatched roof property then you want to be sure that it’s both safe to live in and safe from potential intruders.

Below are some of the best ways to accomplish this.

Get an alarm

One of the best security devices you can invest in for your property is a security alarm. Just the presence of an alarm box alone is often enough to deter any potential burglars. If you do get an alarm then be sure to get one from a reputable vendor and have it installed by a professional. You can get alarms that will automatically alert the police if they’re triggered.

If your property is listed then it’s worth contacting the council to see if it would be a problem to have an alarm installed since anything that affects the appearance of a listed building might be an issue.

Get the right type of insurance

Another way to properly protect a thatched roof property is by getting the right type of insurance. You can get thatched roof property insurance quotes from sites such as

It’s essential to get cover from a specialist provider when you have a thatched property since it will ensure that you’re fully covered for all major risks, including having the roof rebuilt/repaired if it were to be damaged or destroyed by fire.

You can also get contents cover for your thatched roof property as well as unoccupied property insurance if you’re going to be away for an extended period of time.

Use security lighting

Security lighting is an inexpensive yet very effective way to help keep your property safe at night. Security lights are generally triggered by movement so they’ll come on automatically if anyone walks in front of them. Having security devices such as security lighting and an alarm also comes with the added bonus of lowering your insurance rates.

Make maintenance a priority

The points above have focused on keeping your property safe from intruders and making sure it’s covered if the worst were to happen. However you also need to take steps to make your thatched property safe to live in.

The main things you need to have maintained and inspected on a regular basis are the roof and the chimney. The chimney will need cleaning at least once a year if you use it regularly as soot will quickly build up in the flue.

In addition to this you should also have a thorough electrical inspection carried out when you first move into the property.

Top 5 New Car Technology

Cars of the Future

Incredible Car Security Systems

BMW Assist and Security Plus

BMW Assist is the German manufacturer’s own version of OnStar and offers many of the features that made it so popular, including remote door unlocking, automatic collision detection and access to a BMW response specialist. It can also help you to recover a stolen vehicle as BMW claims it will work on your behalf to recover the vehicle using the GPS tracking data.

Security Plus provides an added level of security as means the vehicle has Class 6 bullet proof body and glass. Although a lot of people would consider this unnecessary it is a pretty cool feature nonetheless.

Commando FM-870

It simple terms the Commando FM-870 is a high-end keychain pager. Although most new cars come with a keychain pager that enables you to lock and unlock the doors of your car from a distance, you need to be fairly close to your vehicle for them to work.

The┬áCommando FM-870 works from a distance of 2,500 feet and not only enables you to lock and unlock the doors but also to start the engine remotely. It will also alert you if there’s forced entry or an unexpected engine start up. It retails for $169.99.

Cobra 8510

The Cobra 8510 is an immobilizer made by UK company Cobra. They sell all kinds of car accessories but if your key concern is security then the Cobra 8510 is certainly worth considering. It works in the same way as other immobilizers – by shutting down certain aspects of the engine, which makes it almost impossible for any thieves to start the car without having the key.

When you purchase the 8510 you get 2 keys to help you disable the system. An attractive thing about immobilizers, including the 8510, is that they are a very affordable security measure, especially when compared to a lot of other forms of car security tech.


As you may have guessed from the name, VINshield is referring to the unique number that each new car is assigned, call the Vehicle Identity Number.

Most cars will have the VIN in one place, usually around the dashboard or in the opening of the front doors. The trouble is that the VIN is not particularly hard to get around for carjackers who would want to chop a car up and sell it for parts. VINshield aims to provide a solution to this problem.

By providing you with a special kit, it enables you to etch the VIN of your vehicle onto all the windows. This would make it much more difficult for thieves to sell your car on or get rid of the parts.



5 Car Technologies We’re Likely to See in the Future

There are constant innovations being made in the world of technology and that certainly is true where cars are concerned. There are many exciting new technologies on the horizon that will help to improve safety and make the driving experience more comfortable and enjoyable.

Below are 5 car technologies we’re likely to see in the future.

Energy-storing car body panels

Electric cars are becoming more commonplace on the road all the time. Because of this manufactures are looking for ways they can power them more efficiently in order to reduce the size of their batteries, which are often heavy and expensive to produce.

Multiple auto manufacturers across Europe are currently testing technology that would allow the body panels on their cars to store energy that could then be used by the battery to power the car. The energy would be created by things such as regenerative breaking or when the car is plugged in overnight.

AR dashboards

Augmented Reality dashboards are another innovation we’re likely to see in the future. Many cars already have technology such as built-in sat navs and touchscreen entertainment consoles on the dashboard but AR dashboards would represent a significant leap forward.

One example of how useful an AR dashboard could be is that when the sat nav system is indicating where you need to turn, instead of it simply displaying on the screen of the device, the actual road could be highlighted so there’s no need to take your eyes off the road.

Voice commands

Voice commands are another technology that already exist in certain cars but their usage is quite limited. In the future it’s very likely that you’ll be able to make much more complicated voice commands, such as telling your car to locate the nearest car park or planning out the best route for an upcoming journey.

Custom designed vehicles

3D printing technology has been in the news a lot over the last few years. While it hasn’t quite taken over in the way some predicted it’s still a very new technology and easily grow in popularity in the coming years. One area where 3D printing could be used to benefit motorists is by enabling the possibility of custom designed cars, where the buyer would choose how they want their car to look down to the finest details.

Although this certainly wouldn’t be affordable for everyone, at least not at first, it would allow for all types of interesting cars to find their way onto the roads.

Self-driving cars

Self-driving cars already existed and have been tested heavily over the last few years in all sorts of conditions. Although they’re not yet currently available to buy, this likely to change in the near future as the benefits, such as improved safety and the ability to share cars with other road users will become more apparent.