‘Tis the Season for Security

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Christmas time is a favourite time for burglars – with expensive presents neatly tucked under the Christmas tree, homeowners out visiting families, people undertaking last minute shopping, homes become a treasure island for thieves. With this in mind, the experts at Eversafe have come up with some advice to keep the Grinch at bay this Christmas: 1. Window Shopping It is always nice to see gifts neatly placed under the Christmas tree, but if the tree is near a window, the gifts offer a tempting invitation for burglars. An opportunist who spots gifts under the Christmas tree through a bay window will only take 60 seconds to complete a smash-and-grab. Advice: Keep expensive gifts out of sight from windows. Do not allow thieves to ‘window shop’ this Christmas. 2. Visitors to your home Friendly businessmen with briefcases and charity collectors who approach your door may seem genuine. But there have been incidents where shady individuals use amateur dramatics to take the opportunity to scope out your home’s security. Advice: Eversafe recommends Video Intercoms and Door Entry Systems that help you view and speak to the visitors before you allow them into your home. 3. Protect your identity In addition to cash and electrical goods, Christmas burglars look for bank statements, credit cards, passports, driving licenses and so on. These documents are used to steal or clone your identity. Advice: Keep valuables and sensitive information in a home safe that is bolted securely to the wall. 4. Set the alarm Who doesn’t love a holiday during Christmas? While you are away from home, let your alarm system protect your home...

Why should your school invest in a security system before these summer holidays?

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Due to an increase in school violence, school safety has become challenging in Australia. Now that summer holidays are upon us, it is an appropriate time for schools to re-evaluate their buildings and ensure that they provide a safe environment for students upon their return from summer holidays. Prevent Thefts and Burglaries As a result of school closures during the summer holidays, the risk of theft and burglaries are increased. The intention of a security system is to prevent criminal behaviour and increase protection for the school premises. Having CCTV security systems installed in a school can help in deterring intruders from entering the premises. Minimise Vandalism Vandalism on school properties, especially during summer holidays is a common issue for Australian schools. The installation and use of a security system has been proven to minimise vandalism, either by identifying the perpetrator or deterring such activities from occurring in the first instance. Monitor problematic issues During summer holidays, it is uncommon for schools to monitor and keep track of all the activities that take place.  A security system is an easy and effective way for members of staff to monitor and view LIVE footage taken from security cameras. This footage can enable them to take real-time action in notifying law enforcement, in case of emergencies, and other dangerous situations that may occur on the school premises. Is your school secure? Call the team at Eversafe on (03) 900 10 900 for a free security assessment of your school premises. Eversafe will also provide you with recommendations for how you can protect children and...

Protecting your home during the holiday season

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The holiday season in Australia is about to jump into full swing. With all the decorations, parties, shopping and fun this holiday season brings, it is also important to be safe. Like most of us, criminals also love the holiday season – it is the peak time for break-ins, burglaries, or worse. The following home security tips only take a few minutes to review: they are definitely worth the read to secure your home this holiday season. Think Like a Burglar: Take a walk-around your house and think like a burglar who is trying to find a way in. Look for areas where a burglar might be able to hide, such as overgrown shrubs or trees. Doors and Windows: The doors and windows are the burglar’s most favorite entry points. Make sure all locks have been installed properly and if possible, use a deadbolt too. Social Media: “Five days until New Zealand!” is certainly exciting to share on Facebook or Twitter, but an update like this is a clear indication that no one will be home for that period of time. Post pictures from vacations only after you get home from them. Home Security System: If you have a home security system, use it! If not, get one installed as soon as possible. Having a home security system can deter burglars simply by the sight of CCTV cameras attached to your home. Lights: Exterior lighting especially the type that are activated by motion are a great deterrent to burglars. Even if you are away from home, it is very easy to control your lights remotely. Many home security systems...

Why not to buy a DIY CCTV camera…

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There is a misconception about CCTV camera installation that anyone can do it. Inexpensive ‘do-it-yourself’ (DIY) camera kits are easily available from retailers and online. This availability of DIY CCTV camera kits has encouraged many buyers to install surveillance systems themselves, instead of hiring a professional installation company. Unfortunately, having effective equipment but not having it installed correctly will give you a poor overall performance. A recent study stated that 98% of service calls are due to problems with CCTV installation. The truth is that a DIY CCTV solution will never deliver the same quality as a professionally installed system. Using a Do-It-Yourself solution may place cameras incorrectly, provide an incorrect view or deliver low quality footage. In addition, these products are often not supported by a local business, which means that there will no after sales support. The main challenge is that CCTV is an important part of your home security system, and it needs to be installed correctly for it to have any effect. Inexpensive products, unprofessional installations and lack of after-sales support will all compromise the integrity of your home security system, which in turn will end up costing you more. CCTV systems require careful planning and design to determine your needs in order to derive the most suitable solution to meet your individual requirements. The failure to seek expert help may lead to selecting a camera system that is inadequate for your needs. Planning and design provide you with an overview of the entire CCTV infrastructure, such as appropriate positions for the surveillance cameras, the wiring and the video recording system. A professional installation company...

Why a home security system is all you need for Christmas!

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Santa isn’t the only person looking to visit our homes in the wee hours of the night – the holiday season is also a prime time for burglars. Christmas time is a busy time in Australia. People usually leave their homes unattended for longer periods of time than normal. Everybody’s out shopping for food, buying Christmas presents, visiting families and even taking a holiday. Unfortunately for us, intruders see this busy time as a perfect opportunity to find something valuable by breaking into an unsuspecting home. According to a report by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), break-ins are one of the most common crimes in Australia with around 335,700 burglaries recorded annually. It should be understood that although nothing in this world is completely secure, you can greatly reduce the risk to you and your family by taking a few necessary measures. Within the world of security, appearance plays an important role as a good deterrence. When it comes to your home environment, make sure you remember the basics such as keeping your windows and doors locked. This may seem obvious, but sometimes the holiday cheer can make people a bit more relaxed about the primary line of defense against intruders, i.e. locks. The second line of defense is a home security system. If your house is the only one on the street without a home security system, you automatically make yourself an easy target. Think like a burglar. On a street of 30 houses where all the houses except for one or two have a home security system, would you try and break into the secured houses...

Eversafe December Newsletter 2013

TAGS: The time has come for us to sign off on another year and to take a break over this festive period. We would like to thank our loyal customers and we look forward to helping many new clients in 2014. If you are lucky enough to be taking a break during the Christmas and New Year’s period, please ensure that you follow our safety tips for keeping your premises secure during your absence. We also have other handy tips and hints on crime prevention at home.  You can read all of our latest blogs by visiting our website blog page or by clicking here. We would also like to remind all customers that our office is closed from Friday 20th December and will reopen on Monday 6th January. However during this time do not forget you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all our latest news and security tips. Finally, we would like to give everyone our best wishes and blessings for 2014. Please be safe during the holiday time and take care of your loved ones. Kind Regards, Paul and Jenny...

Protecting your business during the festive season

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The festive season is a joyful time of the year in Australia. Despite all the anticipation and enthusiasm this season brings, the protection of your business, employees and customers should not be neglected. In fact, the festive season can bring with it a host of hazards, petty crimes, burglaries and robberies. The need to be vigilant and take additional safety precautions is what your business requires right now. Similarly, if you are going away on a holiday, it is important to make sure you have taken all the possible measures to safeguard your property and possessions. If you are a business owner, it is time for you to take extra care and precaution, making it a priority to protect your business against any festive crime. Keep an eye Surveillance cameras are a popular way to monitor inside and outside your premises. With today’s technology, it is possible to record, play back video and monitor your business from anywhere via your laptop or smart phone. CCTV cameras also work wonderfully in deterring thieves and vandals as well as allowing you to view what goes on inside your business when you are not present. Let there be light If you are leaving your property for quite some time to travel during the festive season, ensure that your curtains are kept closed, but a light is left on. In fact, lighting is a basic security measure, and it should be adequate in vital areas of your property. However, too much lighting in the wrong areas can also lead to certain issues; such as light that shines directly into a CCTV camera could hinder...

The Benefits of Video Surveillance in the Workplace

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While most people believe that a video surveillance system is a method to protect a workplace against burglary and thefts, CCTV systems also provide employers with the ability to monitor the employees’ performance and behavior. CCTV cameras are connected to a video surveillance system and the live feed can be viewed and recorded at one’s own leisure. Regardless of the type of business you have, security cameras offer a variety of benefits for your workplace. Here is how they can assist both employees and employers. Misconduct and misbehavior A security camera discourages unsafe behavior by employees, and also provides protection for employees from being harassed, exploited or otherwise abused by supervisors or other work colleagues. Employees are less likely to engage in inappropriate behavior when they know there is someone or something watching them. Safety The video surveillance system ensures that the workplace has restricted access and employees can work without having to worry about any exposure to outside dangers or interference. It keeps a track of people entering and exiting your building, lifts, rooms, parking lots, etc. There could be so many potential areas for misconduct or criminal activity that you hadn’t even thought of. If you are a business owner with an office set up, a security camera system can be very useful in preventing theft of confidential and vital information. Productivity With CCTV cameras watching their every move, employees are likely to limit their personal activities such as chatting on social networking sites, playing computer games or talking on the phone for long periods of time. When they know that they are being watched, employees tend...

Don’t be a victim: Crime prevention at home

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Owning a home is one long-term investment that most Australians will make at some stage in their lives. Home ownership comes with many responsibilities, security of your home being one of them. Burglars are opportunists who look for the easiest places to break into. If they see a house with lights off, the drapes open and no CCTV cameras, they know that they have a pretty good chance of a successful burglary. On the other hand, lights on, closed drapes and effective CCTV cameras are signs that the burglar should not try break into this house.  Here are a few great tips to prevent a break-in from occurring in and around your home. Inside your home If you have recently moved into a new house or apartment, have the locks changed. Make sure the key locks, pins and other secure locks on windows and doors are properly installed. Have a deadbolt installed on the back door, given that most burglars try to break-in from more-hidden areas of the home. Use automatic timers to switch indoors lights on and off if you are going to be away from home for the night. Do not hide keys under doormats or in mailboxes. Instead provide an extra key to a trusted neighbour. Outside your home Keep the lights in your yard, garage doors, pathways, porch and entrances illuminated even after you go to bed. Motion sensor lights are cost-efficient, easy to install, and an effective way to deter crime. If you have valuables in your home or live in a neighbourhood vulnerable to break-ins, consider installing an alarm system. Keep your yard...

How to select a security provider

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It is important to select your security provider carefully, after all, you will be placing your safety and security in their hands – you need to feel confident that you have made the right choice. At Eversafe, we believe that under no circumstances should you purchase equipment or services that are substandard. When it comes to the safety and the protection of your family, it is best to draw on the expertise of a trained home security provider. You need: Someone who has worked with many homes, locations, and security requirements Someone who is familiar with the latest devices and technologies for securing a property When choosing a security provider in Melbourne, look for the following qualities: Small, but local. If home owners encounter a security problem with their property, a local company (within 25 kilometers from their home) will be present to develop effective and efficient systems to help find a solution. Experience. Yes, it’s crucial for the company you choose to be familiar with the latest technologies. The company you select should have years of experience in protecting its clients with both wired and wireless systems. Home Evaluation. Be wary of companies that try to sell you systems over the phone. Reputable companies know that every home is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Ask for an in-home security consultation before you chose a security provider. Range of services and systems. New technologies are entering the market every day to suit changing lifestyles and requirements. A good security provider will offer you products that can monitor your home remotely via the Internet, so at all times...