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...

4 Basic Things to Look for in a Home Automation System

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Is your house smart? The rapid development of new technology and its increasing integration into human lifestyles is fast growing. It is highly likely that in the future we will see homes with no key-operated locks or manual switches to front doors. Even now, there are homes with electrical fixtures and equipment that can be activated or managed by a single remote control. Plus many house alarm systems and security cameras can now be operated via Smart Phones! If you want to improve your current home security system, you should look into having your home automated. This arrangement allows you to adjust your home environment, as well as your security set-up, remotely through the Internet no matter where you are. You can even take a holiday overseas and still be able to manage and keep an eye on home. Do know that there are various types of home automation packages. To help you pick the best one for your home, consider the following:  Usability Some set-ups may be a bit too technical or complicated for the average user. Others may not suit your domestic habits or require more time and effort for you to use. But this does not mean you have to compromise with one that is easier to use but does not have all the features you need. Focus on the fact that there is a home automation system that gives you great ease in using while giving your house the security it requires. It’s just a matter of finding the right product and enquiring with the right provider – one who can walk you through the...

Prevent Home Invasion by Knowing the Most Common Burglary Tactics

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Do you know how most break-ins are carried out? Are you aware which areas in your house are the most vulnerable targets? Knowing the answers to these questions help you determine the most suitable home security measures for your domestic haven. Seeing things from the viewpoint of a burglar can also help you reinforce any preventive solutions, such as house alarm systems, CCTV cameras, or home automation technology, that your residence already has. Temporal Aspect According to the statistics of Victoria Police, residential burglaries frequently happen during the middle of the day on weekdays. This fact is affirmed by the Australian Institute of Criminology. Its document on burglary prevention stated that the said offence often happens during daylight, as perpetrators are attracted to empty dwellings. On weekends, break-ins somewhat level off and may happen any time of the day. In addition, statistics show higher burglary cases during May to July; and again around the middle of summer. This information should help you know when to be even more extra vigilant about your home safety. Point of Entry For freestanding residences, most burglars prefer entering through the door, with the windows coming in second and the back a close third. So, if you are planning to get CCTV cameras or a home security system, such devices should focus on monitoring your residential windows and doors. Tools and Techniques Forcibly opening or breaking entrances and glass windows is the most favoured modus. Another approach, which is surprising in its simplicity, is going through unlocked or already open entrances. Many intruders who have been convicted even allege that burglar alarm systems are...

Crime Statistics Call For Increased Home Security Systems

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Homes Need Increased Security Systems Following Higher Crime Rates In Australia According to the Australian Institute of Criminology Burglaries in Australia are on a rise, and with home robberies increasing so too is the terror that can accompany it. Statistics are increasing… In the last 6 years crime against homes has risen by 6% in Victoria alone.  The statistics show that burglars usually burglars take money (19%) or jewelry (18%) first, and following that will burgle for firearms, laptops, and TVs; with apple products also high on their list. Your vulnerability… Homes are most vulnerable during Christmas and New Year, more so than any other time of year. The reasons being people go away on vacation, nights are longer so more time is spent away from the home doing outdoor activities or gathering at friends’ houses. These factors make it easier for a house to be burglarized. Sky News HD reported another factor that plays a role in the increase of Christmas burglaries is Alcohol. When people drink they are more careless with home security and thus their homes are an easy target for intruders. In fact another report from NSW of crime statistics and research, states a rise in burglaries on New Year’s Eve by 50%. Australians are quickly becoming aware of this uprising crime with 36% of the Australian population of the belief that their house will be the next target. A survey from RACQ’s inaugural insurance Home security index showed that 50% of the people in Queensland are afraid to leave their home for fear of a robbery. To further people’s fears, the report went on...