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...

‘Tis the Season for Security

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Christmas time is a favourite time for burglars – with expensive presents neatly tucked under the Christmas tree, homeowners out visiting families, people undertaking last minute shopping, homes become a treasure island for thieves. With this in mind, the experts at Eversafe have come up with some advice to keep the Grinch at bay this Christmas: 1. Window Shopping It is always nice to see gifts neatly placed under the Christmas tree, but if the tree is near a window, the gifts offer a tempting invitation for burglars. An opportunist who spots gifts under the Christmas tree through a bay window will only take 60 seconds to complete a smash-and-grab. Advice: Keep expensive gifts out of sight from windows. Do not allow thieves to ‘window shop’ this Christmas. 2. Visitors to your home Friendly businessmen with briefcases and charity collectors who approach your door may seem genuine. But there have been incidents where shady individuals use amateur dramatics to take the opportunity to scope out your home’s security. Advice: Eversafe recommends Video Intercoms and Door Entry Systems that help you view and speak to the visitors before you allow them into your home. 3. Protect your identity In addition to cash and electrical goods, Christmas burglars look for bank statements, credit cards, passports, driving licenses and so on. These documents are used to steal or clone your identity. Advice: Keep valuables and sensitive information in a home safe that is bolted securely to the wall. 4. Set the alarm Who doesn’t love a holiday during Christmas? While you are away from home, let your alarm system protect your home...

Protecting your home during the holiday season

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The holiday season in Australia is about to jump into full swing. With all the decorations, parties, shopping and fun this holiday season brings, it is also important to be safe. Like most of us, criminals also love the holiday season – it is the peak time for break-ins, burglaries, or worse. The following home security tips only take a few minutes to review: they are definitely worth the read to secure your home this holiday season. Think Like a Burglar: Take a walk-around your house and think like a burglar who is trying to find a way in. Look for areas where a burglar might be able to hide, such as overgrown shrubs or trees. Doors and Windows: The doors and windows are the burglar’s most favorite entry points. Make sure all locks have been installed properly and if possible, use a deadbolt too. Social Media: “Five days until New Zealand!” is certainly exciting to share on Facebook or Twitter, but an update like this is a clear indication that no one will be home for that period of time. Post pictures from vacations only after you get home from them. Home Security System: If you have a home security system, use it! If not, get one installed as soon as possible. Having a home security system can deter burglars simply by the sight of CCTV cameras attached to your home. Lights: Exterior lighting especially the type that are activated by motion are a great deterrent to burglars. Even if you are away from home, it is very easy to control your lights remotely. Many home security systems...

Why not to buy a DIY CCTV camera…

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There is a misconception about CCTV camera installation that anyone can do it. Inexpensive ‘do-it-yourself’ (DIY) camera kits are easily available from retailers and online. This availability of DIY CCTV camera kits has encouraged many buyers to install surveillance systems themselves, instead of hiring a professional installation company. Unfortunately, having effective equipment but not having it installed correctly will give you a poor overall performance. A recent study stated that 98% of service calls are due to problems with CCTV installation. The truth is that a DIY CCTV solution will never deliver the same quality as a professionally installed system. Using a Do-It-Yourself solution may place cameras incorrectly, provide an incorrect view or deliver low quality footage. In addition, these products are often not supported by a local business, which means that there will no after sales support. The main challenge is that CCTV is an important part of your home security system, and it needs to be installed correctly for it to have any effect. Inexpensive products, unprofessional installations and lack of after-sales support will all compromise the integrity of your home security system, which in turn will end up costing you more. CCTV systems require careful planning and design to determine your needs in order to derive the most suitable solution to meet your individual requirements. The failure to seek expert help may lead to selecting a camera system that is inadequate for your needs. Planning and design provide you with an overview of the entire CCTV infrastructure, such as appropriate positions for the surveillance cameras, the wiring and the video recording system. A professional installation company...

Why a home security system is all you need for Christmas!

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Santa isn’t the only person looking to visit our homes in the wee hours of the night – the holiday season is also a prime time for burglars. Christmas time is a busy time in Australia. People usually leave their homes unattended for longer periods of time than normal. Everybody’s out shopping for food, buying Christmas presents, visiting families and even taking a holiday. Unfortunately for us, intruders see this busy time as a perfect opportunity to find something valuable by breaking into an unsuspecting home. According to a report by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), break-ins are one of the most common crimes in Australia with around 335,700 burglaries recorded annually. It should be understood that although nothing in this world is completely secure, you can greatly reduce the risk to you and your family by taking a few necessary measures. Within the world of security, appearance plays an important role as a good deterrence. When it comes to your home environment, make sure you remember the basics such as keeping your windows and doors locked. This may seem obvious, but sometimes the holiday cheer can make people a bit more relaxed about the primary line of defense against intruders, i.e. locks. The second line of defense is a home security system. If your house is the only one on the street without a home security system, you automatically make yourself an easy target. Think like a burglar. On a street of 30 houses where all the houses except for one or two have a home security system, would you try and break into the secured houses...

Don’t be a victim: Crime prevention at home

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Owning a home is one long-term investment that most Australians will make at some stage in their lives. Home ownership comes with many responsibilities, security of your home being one of them. Burglars are opportunists who look for the easiest places to break into. If they see a house with lights off, the drapes open and no CCTV cameras, they know that they have a pretty good chance of a successful burglary. On the other hand, lights on, closed drapes and effective CCTV cameras are signs that the burglar should not try break into this house.  Here are a few great tips to prevent a break-in from occurring in and around your home. Inside your home If you have recently moved into a new house or apartment, have the locks changed. Make sure the key locks, pins and other secure locks on windows and doors are properly installed. Have a deadbolt installed on the back door, given that most burglars try to break-in from more-hidden areas of the home. Use automatic timers to switch indoors lights on and off if you are going to be away from home for the night. Do not hide keys under doormats or in mailboxes. Instead provide an extra key to a trusted neighbour. Outside your home Keep the lights in your yard, garage doors, pathways, porch and entrances illuminated even after you go to bed. Motion sensor lights are cost-efficient, easy to install, and an effective way to deter crime. If you have valuables in your home or live in a neighbourhood vulnerable to break-ins, consider installing an alarm system. Keep your yard...