Protect your home or business with an alarm system.
C1 Broker, Insurance Broker recommends the installation of an alarm system that protects your home or business in case of theft, occupation (unwanted occupation).
Protect your home or business with an alarm system from Securitas Direct
Get special discounts. We recommend installing an alarm system in your home or business with a motion sensor and connected to the central to protect you from possible thieves and squatters (illegal occupation). All Securitas Direct alarm systems are connected to a control center and each alarm signal is immediately tracked.
Insuring your home or your store has never been more important than in the times in which we live. The pandemic has brought unsustainable economic situations for people who previously had difficulties and social unrest has also grown. The crime rate has increased, with a greater number of robberies in homes and businesses , as well as the illegal occupation of homes . A good alarm system can help prevent theft and intervene quickly in the event of an intrusion.
Why is there the problem of the illegal occupation of houses in Spain?
One of the problems in Spain is that the current legislation is complacent with the illegal occupation of housing, since it falls into a legal vacuum, which has been taken advantage of by the so-called "Okupa" movement that masks opportunism with the "right" live in an "empty" property.
Due to this very particular situation in Spain, it is essential to act proactively to protect your investment. Once the illegal occupation has taken place, if said "thieves" are not reported and immediately removed from the home, within a few hours they go from being thieves, to being "squatters", becoming very difficult to get them off the property.
Worse still, squatters change the locks and the owner can no longer enter the house and has no access to his or her personal belongings or belongings. And if one day they leave, they will leave the house destroyed and vandalized. For some of our clients who reside in Tenerife South (Ten Bel) and Catalonia (Sitges), squatter claims have taken more than two years to be solved and their homes have been unrecognizable, leaving losses of thousands of euros (35,000 euros between lawyers, locksmiths, fixing house defects, electricians, etc.).
How can illegal occupation be prevented?
An alarm system connected to the central can help a lot. In the event that an unauthorized person enters your property, the alarm signal will go off and the central will notify you immediately so that you can activate the anti-squatting protocol. What you should do is immediately call the Police to intervene and catch the perpetrators. If acted on immediately, it is not considered occupation and squatters will be treated as thieves. Having an alarm with pictures of the house intrusion is a tool to test the break-in and activate the express eviction.
If the occupation is successful for more than three days (note: there are constant changes in the legislation), it is practically impossible to remove the squatters without a judicial process. Legal processes usually take two years to materialize and in addition to the legal costs, you will have to consider that those occupying them usually leave the house vandalized - they are estimated between 5,000 euros and 50,000 euros between repair of damages, expenses of locksmiths, firemen, new electric cables, etc.
And in case of theft?
Of course, in the event of theft, an alarm system also protects your home, first of all because when seeing the external signs of the existence of the alarm , most thieves give up and look for other houses that are unprotected or where it is easier to enter and not be surprised by law enforcement officials.
In the event of an alarm jump due to a possible intrusion, the system immediately sends a warning to the control panel. A security technician verifies the intrusion (theft, illegal occupation, etc.) through the cameras and once it is verified that it is an intrusion, they activate silent listening. The technician contacts the owner and depending on the severity of the situation, they send a guard and / or emergency services: police, fire brigade, ambulance, etc.
My home in Spain is unoccupied: is it advisable to install an alarm?
Precisely if your property in Spain is not always occupied, it is highly recommended to install an alarm system with motion detector and cameras. Now with the pandemic, it is not possible for us to travel frequently and second homes end up being unoccupied for more days / months, therefore, it is important to prevent theft and unwanted occupations that the home is protected with an alarm system. On the other hand, if you usually rent your second home to tourists, the chain effect of Covid is precisely fewer reservations and more weeks in which your vacation home is empty.
Are there squats in the Canary Islands - illegal occupation of houses?
Yes, only in the Canary Islands there are more than 600 complaints a year of illegal housing occupations , the islands with the highest incidence being Gran Canaria and Tenerife . Most of the illegal home occupations on the islands occur in vacant homes and second homes in tourist areas .
Does having an alarm affect the price of my insurance?
Right, an alarm system has a positive effect on the price of insurance, reducing the annual value of the premium, especially if we are talking about high values of content, paintings, decorative objects and jewelry. In fact, some insurance companies do not insure homes with high content value if there are no security measures in place such as window grills, double glazing, security door or alarm system connected to the central or the police.
Likewise, in the case of businesses, companies, warehouses or stores, the existence of an alarm system can benefit you very positively in reducing the insurance premium.
C1 Broker - Securitas Direct representative
At our C1 Broker offices, we have trusted Securitas Direct, the leading alarm systems company in Spain and Europe, for years.
We will be happy to help you design a custom alarm system for your home or business. C1 Broker is a certified provider of Securitas Direct alarm systems in Spain.
We always have interesting promotions and discounts. You will be surprised at how affordable this protection can be and the headaches it can save you.
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Never like now has it been so important to protect your home or business against squatting and theft with an alarm system with motion detector.