10 tips to make your home less attractive to thieves

TAGS: , ,
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

TAGS: , ,
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...

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

TAGS: , , ,
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:...

4 Tips to avoid bike theft this summer

TAGS: , , ,
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...

How to select a security provider

TAGS: , ,
It is important to select your security provider carefully, after all, you will be placing your safety and security in their hands – you need to feel confident that you have made the right choice. At Eversafe, we believe that under no circumstances should you purchase equipment or services that are substandard. When it comes to the safety and the protection of your family, it is best to draw on the expertise of a trained home security provider. You need: Someone who has worked with many homes, locations, and security requirements Someone who is familiar with the latest devices and technologies for securing a property When choosing a security provider in Melbourne, look for the following qualities: Small, but local. If home owners encounter a security problem with their property, a local company (within 25 kilometers from their home) will be present to develop effective and efficient systems to help find a solution. Experience. Yes, it’s crucial for the company you choose to be familiar with the latest technologies. The company you select should have years of experience in protecting its clients with both wired and wireless systems. Home Evaluation. Be wary of companies that try to sell you systems over the phone. Reputable companies know that every home is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Ask for an in-home security consultation before you chose a security provider. Range of services and systems. New technologies are entering the market every day to suit changing lifestyles and requirements. A good security provider will offer you products that can monitor your home remotely via the Internet, so at all times...

Preventing House Fires: Don’t Let Some One Take Your Precious Home

TAGS: , , , , ,
The Daily Telegraph reported of two separate house fires which occurred on Tuesday 9th July 2013. Both blazes were in suburban areas of Melbourne. In one of the reported incidents, a man, aged 60, was killed. According to the news, the man was staying at his neighbour’s inner-west residence because “his other two homes had burned down as a result of his habit of smoking in bed.” This third house was that of his next-door neighbour’s – a middle aged lady who made her home available to him while he was looking for a new place to live. Unfortunately, her residence was destroyed by the fire, the cause of which is still under investigation by the authorities. Shane Sutton, CFA operations officer, said that the man managed to escape from the Sibley Court bungalow. However, he returned to the burning house to save his hostess’ dog and was killed. The dog was later found unharmed. The middle aged woman was able to flee the property by climbing through a bedroom window, although unfortunately was unable to save anything from her home. The second incident occurred in Prahran. Fortunately, no one was killed. The survivors, 2 young men, woke to find their ceiling had collapsed. Despite this, they were able to escape without sustaining significant injuries. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire within 20 minutes. The cause of the blaze is still being investigated. MFB chief fire officer, Shane Wright, said: “Every life lost is tragic and I urge all Victorians to take preventive action to prevent fires occurring in their homes in the first incidence and by knowing...