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...

How to Protect Your Garden

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It is quite often that we focus on keeping our homes secure while neglecting gardens and items which are kept outdoors. Many homeowners leave valuable items such as lawnmowers or bicycles in the garden, with no idea how vulnerable they are to thieves. While we take pride in the beauty of our gardens, we also need to ensure that they remain protected. By installing CCTV cameras in both the interior and exterior of their homes, homeowners can have round-the-clock security and surveillance on the entry-point itself. If you have larger landscape elements such as bushes or trees which can limit the view of your property, you can improve security and avoid issues by having your garden monitored by a video surveillance system. Take Precautions Gravel is a great deterrent as it is noisy when walked on, so you will be alerted to any would be intruder. Never leave ladders or tools lying around, as not only do they make pickings for opportunist thieves, but can also be used to break into your home. Security lights and alarms are other great deterrents as thieves prefer to operate in dark and silent homes. Make sure all fences or walls are in good condition to prevent thieves from climbing over or simply kicking them down. Choose the Right Outdoor Camera Keep these key points to keep in mind whilst choosing a security camera for your garden. Good images in low light. It is crucial to go for a camera that records and transmits good quality images and video even during the night when there are low light conditions. Right angles. Ensure that any security...

Home Security Put to the Test

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If you’re locked out of your home, is there a way to get in? Possibly through an unlocked window, or by using a duplicate key, perhaps even by calling a locksmith? If you can break into your home, so can a burglar! Simply locking your front door will not prevent all burglaries from occurring; the opportunistic burglar only needs a phone and some cash to enter your home. Last week, popular local show A Current Affair performed an investigation where Home Security was put to the test. Tracy Grimshaw, the programme’s host, showcased interviews of people who discussed this issue. Eversafe’s very own Paul Mase was also featured giving his explanation as to why he believes CCTV cameras are essential in Australian homes. In this investigation, Linda Kennedy, a resident of a suburban street in Melbourne was shown how easily accessible her home could be. An A Current Affair producer called a locksmith she found online, and pretended that she locked herself out of her house – the house which actually belongs to Linda Kennedy. The locksmith arrived quickly. No uniform, no signage, no worries. Within minutes, the door was opened, and the producer was in. She was not asked for any ID or proof that this is where she lives. Meanwhile, Linda who was watching everything from a distance was horrified. On a separate day, in a separate suburb, the same scenario occurred. Another A Current Affair producer pretended to have locked himself out of his house, and called a locksmith for help. All locksmiths were randomly picked from the internet with service prices ranging from $99 to $165. This locksmith responded quickly the moment he...

Eversafe Joins Herald Sun’s Home Show Exhibit this August!

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Last April we attended the Home Ideas (HIA) Melbourne Home Show. It was a fantastic experience for the team at Eversafe as we got to meet new faces and shake hands with fellow exhibitors in the industry. Most of all, we were able to present ourselves to home and business owners seeking an excellent security solution for the protection of their property. Were you there? If you missed that event, here’s another wonderful opportunity for you: the 2013 Herald Sun Home Show which will be running from Thursday August 15th to Sunday 18th. If you’re living in or around Melbourne, come on down and see us! Eversafe will be exhibiting an array of CCTV cameras and demonstrating various features of these devices. You can also enquire about any security concerns you may have and arrange for a free assessment or quote! And that’s also without any obligation to make a purchase. All you need to do to take advantage of this offer is to simply be there! Aside from that, you’ll also be able to check out around 300 exhibits that feature a wide range of landscaping, renovating, interior design, and building products and services. This particular show is very important as it is a major event that has been running for a long time now. In fact, it’s been dubbed as “Melbourne’s longest running Home Show for all the latest products, services and innovations”. New and innovative offerings featured in this event will sure to be talked about in the media and in various news outlets. If you’re there, you’ll have the distinct advantage of being one of...

Dummy CCTV Cameras: To Use or Not To Use?

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They look real, they have blinking LED lights, and some even come with warning signs. So, why not use them? In a previous article we spoke about the use of dummy cameras and how they can lower your insurance premium with an Eversafe security system. We quoted Leon Reid, a convicted burglar, as saying that a fake surveillance device could discourage would-be thieves from targeting a house. However, not all would buy into this theory. Those new into the burgling circuit may be fooled but more experienced robbers can tell a fake CCTV camera from a real one. According to Christopher Middleton in his piece featured in The Telegraph, “burglars bypass the cheap systems and spot dummy alarms a mile off.” As such, you should not be scrimping on your home security. The Case for Dummy Devices Those who are trying to balance their finances and stretch their budgets are more likely to find fake cameras an attractive option. After all, keeping burglars from entering your home is the main purpose for installing them, right? There is no need to fuss over the electrical connections and other things connected to using such devices. Some models which are solar powered even reduce the need for the homeowner to be mindful about replacing the batteries every now and then. Also, those subscribing to this option may also believe that despite the CCTVs capacity to monitor activity 24/7, they remain silent observers, unable to stop burglars from acting out their plans. Why It Makes Sense to Invest Although cameras may be silent observers, they provide powerful evidence that can help the authorities...