10 tips to make your home less attractive to thieves

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No one wants their home to be burgled, fortunately there are some things you, as a homeowner, can actively do to ensure your home looks like a less attractive option to would be thieves. 1. Don’t make it easy From ladders to tall bins & anything that they can use to get into a second storey window where you’re less likely to have locks on windows, should be stored out of sight. 2. Don’t give thieves a shopping list Leaving the empty boxes for your new Xbox One and 3D plasma TV in full view tells a burglar exactly what they can find inside your home. 3. Don’t just install an alarm & show it off You don’t have to let everyone know the make and model of your alarm system, but having highly visible evidence of an alarm system can deter some would-be thieves. 4. Don’t be the best house on the street We all like to take pride in our homes, but if yours looks better than the rest of your neighbors it can be a bit like hanging a sign on your home saying: Look at me! & We’re not saying go for the dilapidated look far from it as you’ll see next. Just blend in. 5. Don’t let your home fall into disrepair A home that looks uncared for can be appealing for the opportunist thief. They want an easy target – and these days, they can almost guarantee that you’ll own a TV and other gadgets. 6. Don’t make it obvious that you’re on holiday Nothing beats a pile of newspapers and mail for...

Shopping online ? 5 tips for keeping your credit card details safe

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Shopping online is part of modern, daily life. It’s quick, convenient and can be done wherever and whatever you’re doing; but there is a price to pay for our reliance on the internet and whilst some of us may never experience credit card fraud & the chances are that you will. This doesn’t mean that we have to abandon the internet completely, however – in fact most cases of credit card fraud still occurs offline, but we can choose to be savvy about how and where we shop on the web. 1. Check the http has an ˜s’ Before entering your card details on any site, always make sure to check that the address bar has both a padlock icon and that the http has that extra ‘s’ for security and maximum protection. http://not_secure_webpage https://secure_webpage 2. Only use a secure internet connection You can browse to your heart’s content wherever you like, but your home network is secure for a reason – and not just to stop others from using up your bandwidth. If the network you’re on isn’t secureâ then neither are your credit card details. 3. Never buy from websites with links from spam emails These websites are highly likely to be fraudulent and it is extremely unwise to purchase anything from them. You can recognise a spam email if: a. It isn’t addressed to anyone in particular b. It doesn’t contain any information identifying you personally c. Your mail provider has marked it as junk d. You don’t recognise the company or services offered 4. Avoid making online purchases on a public computer This can include...

5 common mistakes with home security systems

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Considering installing a new home security system? If you’re thinking of going for a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) option, there are a number of things you should bear in mind otherwise, you’re in danger of spending all that time and effort on a security system that wont be effective. Underestimating the inventiveness of burglars You’ve got locks on your front door, ground floor windows and sensors on what you think are the most accessible points around your home but a burglar has probably been at this for a long time and knows that there are other, easier ways to get in your home than trying to kick in your front door. Don’t be so certain that they wont think to climb in a second storey window, or try those lovely French doors leading onto your balcony. Make sure sensors cover upstairs as well as downstairs. Thinking a wobbly Security System installation is good enough If you’re new to installing into brick or plasterboard; chances are you could end up with a sensor or CCTV camera that refuses to stay upright and if any of the equipment is a bit loose, they can fall off – tripping your alarm unnecessarily. Would you lock your car and leave your windows down? No, neither would we. The reality is that many people do exactly that with their alarm system.  There’s almost no point in installing an alarm system if you’re not going to make you keypad code difficult to guess. Spend a few minutes changing the default alarm code to something a little less obvious than 0000 or 1234. Thinking you’re covered even if...

Eversafe February Newsletter 2014

TAGS: We hope you have had a safe and happy Summer holidays with your families and that you have returned home to a secure and undisturbed home and/or business. January was a busy month for us as we prepared for the year that lies ahead. This year promises to be an exciting and significant year in the world of CCTV and security. We have had several queries from customers wanting to know what to ‘look out for’ and who are excited to hear about the latest security news, which we promise to share with you in our weekly blogs. Please ensure that you bookmark our blog page as a ‘favourite’ so you can keep up-to-date with all our latest news and events. This month we have also uploaded eight new security product videos to our website! You can watch these videos by visiting our YouTube page or by clicking here. In this edition of our newsletter, you will also find three new blogs, which we hope will be of interest. Please feel free to email us your thoughts on the content of these blogs by emailing info@eversafe.com.au Kind Regards, Paul and Jenny...

CCTV on public transport, is it necessary?

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Public use of CCTV has been a highly controversial topic in recent years, with mixed emotions about their purpose, effectiveness and the fear of ‘Big Brother’ watching your every move.  However, there seems to be a growing number of circumstances where CCTV has proven to be for the benefit of ordinary individuals as well as the public at large. Take the recent reports on the brutish manner in which a 62 year-old man was man-handled off a train and then held face-down on the floor for 9 minutes.  This unpleasant incident was caught on CCTV last year, and without it perhaps the Authorised Officers responsible would have gotten away scot-free. Worrying Trend? Worryingly, this is not the first incident of its kind, nor is it a rarity.  The Age reported that around 10 million so called “contacts” occur every year between Authorised Officers and the general public.  All of this begs the question: do the public need CCTV on public transport in order to feel safe? Why CCTV SHOULD be installed There may very well be a valid argument that says – yes.  Not only would CCTV on public transport help keep members of the public safe from acts of excessive force, muggings or other violent crime; but it would also surely have a positive impact on vandalism, anti-social behaviour, and the harassment and abuse of staff. Of course, CCTV’s main benefit is as a deterrent – if people know they are being watched – they’re less likely to behave badly.  However, sometimes acting as a deterrent isn’t enough, and if things get out of hand, it’s good to...

Top 10 tips for making sure your home is protected from bush fire

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It’s that time of year when bush fires are at the forefront of every Australian’s mind – especially if you live in a region that is known to be at risk. We all know that bush fires are serious and can have catastrophic effects on our neighbourhood and property; and with The Age recently reporting “high” and “very high” danger warnings for the Victorian region – knowing what to do to protect your home and having a survival plan in place is essential. Here we give you our top 10 tips to reduce your home’s risk during the bush fire season: 1. Mow the lawn: Keep it short – ideally no more than 10cm long. 2. Clean up the outside: Clear dry leaves, etc.; de-clutter and move everything inside or at least 20m away from your house. You don’t want to add any fuel to a fire. 3. Check roof and gutters: Clear debris, check for any gaps in your roof and wall cladding and seal them up. 4. Cut back vegetation: Any vegetation (shrubs, trees) within a 10m radius of your home should be cut back. 5. No large/tall shrubs around windows: Any embers or stray flames will latch on to these and they will guide the fire straight into your home. 6. Store flammable liquids/gas: This includes paints, solvents and LPG gas cylinders. Flammables + fire = potential explosions. 7. Keep your pool topped up: Pool water is a great source of water for both you and the Fire Services, and can also act as a barrier – so don’t empty it. 8. Get a LONG hose:...

CCTV really can catch them red-handed!

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The story about the News International editor, Rebekah Brooks’ husband, being caught on CCTV attempting to hide evidence from the police has been big news recently.  Not only did the CCTV cameras reveal the lengths that he went to in order to pervert the course of justice, but it also gave away every last one of his accomplices.  If ever there was any doubt about the value of having CCTV; this must surely have put it to bed. The bigger question here, however, is about the placement of the cameras themselves.  Had they been installed elsewhere or pointing in a different direction – Rebekah Brooks may very well have gotten away with her deception. So, what can you do to ensure your home or business security system is working effectively for you? Strategic placement of CCTV Placing your CCTV cameras to maximise coverage takes skill and an experienced eye.   Being able to recognise your home or business’ vulnerable zones takes professional knowledge and years of experience.  Badly situated cameras are unlikely to adequately protect you – these blind spots seriously compromise your security, so using a professional CCTV installer is recommended. Mix Camera types Rather than sticking to a standard full bullet camera or a dome; installing a combination of both not only allows you to capture a variety of angles and detail, but can also make it harder for an intruder to locate or be certain that they have located all your cameras (and avoid them).  Undetected cameras, much like the ones that caught Rebekah Brook’s husband and accomplices, can be the difference between catching criminal behaviour on...

Dummy CCTV: To Use or Not to Use?

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That is the question! So, you’re thinking of plumping for the cheaper option and installing dummy CCTV cameras around your home or business?  But before you do, there are a few things you ought to consider. Advantages -          Cost From a quick google search, it’s clear that dummy CCTV cameras are the cheaper option, which can be hugely tempting for business and homeowners looking to save money.  But is it false economy? -          Quick to install With a dummy camera, you can pretty much install it yourself.  There are no holes to drill, no electric wires to connect – and therein lies the real problem.  The reason they’re quick and easy to set up is because they’re not actually connected to anything, not even your alarm system. -          Good deterrent against inexperienced burglars Most false CCTV cameras can look convincing to the inexperienced eye, especially from a distance; but get up close and there is the possibility that your burglar will twig and gleefully carry on and break into your home or business. Disadvantages -          Potential lawsuit It may surprise you, but if you have signs saying something like: “CCTV in operation” but you’re using dummy cameras – you are creating a sense of false security – and opening yourself up to a potential lawsuit should things go wrong. -          They won’t fool experienced burglars The cheapest fake CCTV cameras have one very big tell – they don’t have a flashing LED showing that they are switched on and active.  Whilst some of the more advanced fakes do have this function; there is still no fooling a seasoned burglar...

Top 5 Tips to Shop Safely Online

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There are many benefits to shopping online – you can shop anytime, anywhere. With so many shoppers using the Internet for shopping, they are unknowingly putting themselves at risk of online fraud and scams. Here are 5 tips to ensure your online shopping is as safe as possible. #1 Avoid suspicious websites If a website has a poor design or pops-up multiple windows, it might not be an authentic retailer. Be suspicious of a website that offers unrealistic promises. Ask your colleagues or family members for their opinion about a website you find suspicious. #2 Do not click on hyperlinks in emails One of the most common scams involves sending emails that ask you to click on a hyperlink or to open an attachment to verify your personal information, for example, requesting you to reset your password. It is recommended that you ignore any emails that make these kinds of requests. #3 Be careful when shopping by phone Mobile phones certainly make shopping more convenient, but they often lack software such as anti-virus. It is better for you to avoid entering your payment information on a mobile and instead use well known and reputable retailers’ apps, which offer additional security. #4 Use safe payment methods Payment methods such as PayPal or your credit card are the safest option because they allow buyers to seek a credit from the issuer should the product delivery fail. Avoid money transfers and direct debit because you will have no recourse if something goes wrong. #5 Turn your computer off when you are finished shopping Most people leave their computers connected to the Internet...

4 Tips to avoid bike theft this summer

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Each summer Australia sees an increase in the number of cyclists as bikes that spend the rest of the year resting get dusted off. Unfortunately, from a thief’s perspective, summer also makes for rich pickings. Bike thieves are specialists that often steal from places that look safe when in reality they are not. To help you avoid the heartbreak of bike-theft, Eversafe is sharing these tips for keeping your bike safe and sound this summer. 1. Purchase good locks An unsecured bicycle results in less work for thieves. If you spend just two seconds locking your bike up, you will greatly reduce its chances of becoming a target to the thieves. Spend money on purchasing a good bike lock. The more you spend – the better quality you’ll get. Hardened steel U-locks or D-locks are highly recommended. 2. Location Ideally, leave your bike in a busy area, in view of CCTV cameras. Hiding your bike out of public view will give the thieves the time and privacy required to steal it. 3. Make your bike identifiable Decorate your bike, add stickers or do whatever you like to make your bike appear unique.  These modifications will help easily identify your bike if it is stolen. 4. Record your bike’s serial number Take a photo of your bike and record its serial number, which is located under the bottom crankshaft of the bike. If your bike gets stolen, the serial number will help to maximise the chances of recovering your bike. No one wants to lose their bike to thieves. Please share this Eversafe security article with any cyclists you...