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...

Keeping Letterbox Thieves at Bay

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Have you seen A Current Affair’s compelling feature on letterbox thieves? After watching it, you should be asking yourself about  the security of your own mailbox and seriously considering ways to safeguard it more effectively. Your security, finances, and privacy can be compromised by the theft of a crucial letter or two – such as those coming from your bank or some other important institution or individual. It’s amazing but true – your safety is not only dependent on the strength of your doors, locks, and alarm systems but also on the security of your mailbox. So, how do you keep those thieves from getting their hands on your mail? Mark Dreyfus, Attorney-General of Australia and also the current Minister for Emergency Management, as well as the Special Minister of State and Minister for the Public Service and Integrity, was interviewed by A Current Affair’s Laura Francis on the issue of letterbox theft. During the interview, he shared essential tips on protecting yourself against identity theft via letterbox pilfering. “You should put a lock on your mailbox,” he began. “When you go away, put a stop on your mail. And when you move, redirect your mail,” he counseled. “All they would need is, possibly, a copy of your bank statement, a couple of bills and that will be enough to start using your identity,” he revealed. When asked what problems one could have if someone steals his or her identity, the Attorney-General said this: “Long term, you could end up with an adverse credit rating, because someone used your identity to take out a loan, a false loan, in...

How Letterbox Thieves Compromise Your Privacy and Finances

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Earlier this week, popular local show A Current Affair touched on the subject of letterbox theft. Tracy Grimshaw, the programme’s host, showcased interviews of a number of people who shed light on the issue. She even featured Eversafe’s very own Paul Mase, who gave his rationale as to why he believes security surveillance cameras are essential in combating letterbox theft. The program showed CCTV camera footage of “letterbox raiders” going through the mail at several Australian homes. Most of the recordings showed the perpetrators in hooded tops, which concealed their facial features. However, in some of the shots, the hoods fell down, revealing the thieves’ appearance. “They come in the middle of the night when everybody’s asleep and just help themselves,” said a housing complex manager interviewed by the show’s reporter Laura Francis. “It’s not just mail they take, it’s people’s identity,” he added. He also said that thieves have been repeatedly targeting a number of houses on his street. The reporter stated that the “bandits” wait until dark to steal residents mail then “help themselves to your money the very next day.” When asked how thieves managed to get their hands on the mail, the manager said that they “put their hand in and take the mail out.” With that being said, it appears that the robbers can get what they want without much difficulty – a fact that should be troubling for all homeowners with highly accessible and frequently unlocked letterboxes. A victim of letterbox theft, Lisette Francois, was also interviewed for the story. According to the report, the Melbourne resident had been waiting for her new...

CCTV Camera Captures Image of Man near Scene of Sexual Assault

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Once again, security surveillance cameras have played a part in strengthening evidence in an alleged rape incident, as well as with helping the police apprehend the perpetrator. Early this month, news broke of a sexual assault of a 23-year-old woman by a man who, as reported by The Australian, was“of Middle Eastern appearance, 175cm tall, with olive skin, unshaven and with short, dark cropped hair. He was wearing jeans and a distinctive zip-up black leather jacket.” “This woman did not know this man.. She refused his advances on a number of occasions as they were walking … it’s just an abhorrent crime,” said Sexual Crime Squad Detective Inspector Paul Binyon. He also said that the most “disturbing” aspect of the case was that the victim was a new mother, having just given birth two months ago. The assault occurred on the night she was out with friends celebrating the birth of her baby. Detective Inspector Binyon said that the CCTV footage of a man near the site of the assault is one of a “person of interest we would strongly like to identify.” The man was caught on a CCTV camera installed outside the Witches and Britches theatre restaurant in West Melbourne. He was recorded walking ahead of the woman at about 3:05 am on Sunday 30th June 30. According to The Australian, detectives investigating the case believe that the man may have approached her “200 metres further north, near the intersection of Victoria and William streets, West Melbourne.” The latest update on the case reported that a 28-year-old man has been arrested, questioned, and released with regards to...