Halloween Tips for Home Security

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It is almost that time of the year when kids all over Australia start looking for some spooky fun and treats. However, when celebrating Halloween there are many other factors that should be considered. Criminals see this holiday as a favourable circumstance. Since Halloween is all about pranksters and vandals it can be an ideal time for burglars to attack, especially if you are not home. A burglar can dress up in a costume to hide his or her identity, and easily break into your home. Safeguard Your Home Park your car inside your garage. Don’t let it be a target. Make use of motion sensor lights to discourage burglars from choosing your home. Avoid answering the door after a certain time. Keep your windows and doors locked at all times, even if you are home. A reliable home security system will protect your home from burglars as well as teenagers who might cause damage to your property if you’re away from home on Halloween night. Teenagers usually avoid homes with CCTV cameras, so you won’t have to worry about your home being egged or your car ruined by shaving cream. If you already have a home security system Whether you will be home or not, keep your home security system armed throughout the day and night. All the commotion of Halloween is like a burglar’s dream come true! Preparing Your Little Trick-or-treaters Tell your children not to enter strange houses. Remind your trick-or-treaters to stick with their buddy at all times. Set a time for your kids to be home. Ask them not to take shortcuts through yards,...

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

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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...

Organising Your Way to a Better and Secure Home This Winter

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Spring may still be 3 months away but it does not hurt to start tidying up your domestic knickknacks. As you are likely to have more time for yourself during the colder months of the year, this provides a perfect time to give your home a mini-makeover. No, you do not need to spend a fortune on this endeavour – you simply need to set aside time and stir up your creativity. Instead of doing the more costly remodeling, simply rearranging or sorting through the things you have lying around or tucked away in a dark storage area will help revitalise your home, maximise your space, and provide you with greater peace of mind. Knowing that everything is accounted for and is positioned where you can easily see or find  it makes you feel that you are in full control of your belongings. A well-organised home makes it easier for you to secure your things and know whether you are missing valuable items or not. Starting from the Top It is smart to do the rearranging by room and followia specific direction. In this case, it is wise to begin at the top. Why? Because it is easier for you to clean up after you have finished organising a specific area. This will also avoid you having to  repeat the vacuuming process! So, your first agenda will be your garage or attic. In this area start  from the topmost portions of shelves and/or furniture. Ensure that you wear gloves and a face mask to protect yourself from dust and abrasive surfaces.  Consider discarding possessions that have spent a year...

Why It’s Wise Not to Share Holiday Plans on Facebook or Twitter

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When you get excited about vacation plans, do you share them with everyone? You may not realise it, but everyone in the supermarket or salon can overhear your conversation. Keep your plans private, and wait until you return to share the details. Plus you should also avoid posting/tweeting about where you are going and checking into places on Facebook and/or Twitter. Keri McMullen was still feeling the afterglow of success for accomplishing a 10K race earlier in the day when she posted an update on her Facebook account at around 6 p.m. It read: “Heading to the Hill with Kurt…to see Fire Department.” Kurt – her fiancé – and four of her friends went with her 2-and-a-half hours later to see a local group, Fire Department Band, perform at a bar just 10 minutes away from home. While they were enjoying the music, 2 men in hooded sweatshirts were in their home helping themselves to whatever valuables they could find. When Keri and Kurt finally returned home at about midnight, they immediately noticed the absence of their plasma TV. Next observation involved the laptops, which were now gone from the kitchen table where they last left them. When Kurt checked the surveillance footage from the CCTV camera he himself had installed, he confirmed what had just happened. The couple lost around $10,000 worth of property. Keri then posted another update on her Facebook – this time, about the burglary the night before. She included images of the perpetrators, taken from the video footage. What she got out of this was the confirmation that one of the suspects involved used...

Moving: Keeping Your Eyes on Your Property at All Times

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Home security must not be compromised even as you are preparing to move to a new house. May people worry that they have so much to do and so many things to pack! However it is in your own best interest not to incur any more costs in the process. After all, moving itself is already a costly event. We suggest that you don’t push the expenses further by neglecting your possessions and losing one or more items due to negligence, forgetfulness, or theft. Before You Begin It is very important that you begin preparing around three months before the actual relocation. Take stock of all your valuables. List all of them in a small notebook so that you have something that you can easily refer to. Once you have written down all the details – quantity, type, and brief description of item – proceed to planning how you will transport them. In addition, you should check the interiors and exteriors of your residence for any security risks. This practical list should guide you in accomplishing this properly. Also, notify your banks about your move and your new address. Ask them not to accept transaction processing requests without notifying you directly. Send a note to the post office as well and let them know you are changing addresses. Most of all, let your family and friends know about your transition and ask them to message you privately when they want to know more about your move. Having them discuss the matter openly on social networking accounts may trigger online prowlers near your old or new place to target you....