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...

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...

Making Sure Your Home is Safe While Away on Holiday

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Here’s an exemplary story reported by the CNN that centers on the importance of home security systems and CCTV cameras: An Australian man, who lived in a suburban neighbourhood in Melbourne, kept a check on his three security surveillance cameras through his iPad while on vacation in faraway Mauritius. One day, after logging into the system via his tablet PC, he saw 2 burglars breaking into his house and taking valuable items from his residence. They even attempted to steal the alcoholic beverages he had in stock. The man acted swiftly. He made a long distance call to the Victorian police and alerted them to the burglary taking place at his home. The authorities were able to respond quickly and arrest the intruders while they were still at the holidaying homeowner’s residence. Criminal charges have been filed and both burglars have appeared in court. This story demonstrates how you can keep your home safe even when you’re away on holiday. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, modern technology has made it possible for you to keep an eye on your residential property even while thousands of miles away from your domestic haven. Aside from installing CCTV cameras that can be accessed online via iPad or iPhone and checking your surveillance systems at regular intervals, you should ensure that all openings in your house are closed and locked. See to it that the curtains are drawn and window covered. In addition, you should not hide spare keys anywhere within your property. Instead leave them with a trusted relative or friend who lives nearby. This will ensure that...

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....

Six Reasons Why Home Automation Could Be For You

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In Australia Intelligent houses are becoming progressively more common. The pace of our daily lives is increasing and life enhancing technologies such as the World Wide Web are now readily available in just about every home. With all this in mind, it’s any wonder why so many Australian homes and families are reaching for more easy home management solutions such as home automation systems. Here are 6 reasons why home automation could be right for you: 1. Complete control of the space around you: Home security is simply one aspect of a home automation system. Complete home automation systems allow you to personalize the atmosphere in each room of your home for light, temperature, audio and mood. You can have complete control from within your home at any time, or pre-program particular functions to change across different times of the day.   2. Remote Access & Control: Your home automation system can be managed remotely through smart phone technology, offering you the utmost in control and flexibility. For instance, if you are on vacation or simply coming home from work, you are able to manage your home security system, set your house alarm, observe any activity on your property, change your multimedia program, turn on your heater, or even close your blinds, all at the touch of a button.   Remote access control gives you peace of mind because you can manage your home security from anywhere. Because home automation systems operate using wi-fi technology, there is no limit on how far away from home you can be to operate your system.   3. Power Conservation: Home Automation systems...