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...

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,...

Home Automation: A Luxurious Security Feature

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Is your home, a “smart-home” or a “not-so-smart-home”? If you fall in the category of having a not-so-smart-home, help is on its way. Today’s latest home automation systems enable your home to satisfy you with everything from automating the curtains in your living room to saving money on the lighting in your kids’ rooms. The world of home automation Home automation has been around since Joseph Henry invented the electric doorbell in 1831. Don’t you love the idea of having your home do things for you? Well, the smart-homes do that — and much more. Here’s a taste: Imagine your morning alarm playing your favourite music. The volume increases slowly until you tell the alarm, “I am snoozing!” In which case, the alarm quietens down for another 10 minutes. Imagine pressing the “coming home” keypad button on your iPhone and in response, your house turns on the outdoor lights, closes the living room blinds, brings up the indoor temperature, and tunes the bedroom TV to Two and a Half Men so you can have some laughs after a long day at work. There’s no limit to what gadgets and gizmos there are on the market to keep you safe, happy, and entertained at home. The current home automation technology allows homeowners to access individualised programs via the internet, no matter where in the world you are. With the click of a mouse or the tap of a smart phone screen, your house reacts to your individual needs and wants. Controlling your home with an app Most manufacturers’ home automation systems have boarded the app bandwagon with programs that allow homeowners to...

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...

Can A Security Alarm System Protect Your Business?

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Crime and the fear of crime are on the rise, so it’s not surprising with more and more businesses are installing a security alarm system. If your business is within the surrounding area that has been targeted by criminal activity, installing a security alarm system will not only prevent loss but also discourage property crime in the first instance. The Importance of Security Alarm Systems Protecting your commercial property from crime is considered an essential part of doing business. Some business owners may see installing business alarm systems as an unnecessary expense. Unfortunately, the money that a business owner thinks he/she has saved ends up negligible due to damage or theft. Every year commercial crimes such as break-ins, vandalism, and property damage cost millions of dollars to businesses and insurance companies. However, this figure could have been much higher if the proactive business owners had not installed business security alarms on their properties. Installing a business security alarm can do more than just prevent loss – they are likely to reduce insurance premiums. Based on the level of protection provided by a business security system, insurance providers may offer a discount to business owners who invest in these alarm systems. Security alarms do a good job Out of all the different security systems that you can put in place to keep your business safe, security alarms are very helpful for keeping out undesired trespassers. Security alarms can be attached to your doors and other access points such as windows, etc. These alarms have the capability to sense that an individual is attempting to access the premises and in response...

Yes, People Can Stalk You Using Your Own Smartphone!

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Today the smart phone, thanks to the innovation taking place in this division, is not only restricted for voice services. Smart phones can perform complex activities like online transactions and other commercial applications. Due to the fact that smart phones carry a significant amount of sensitive information in them, users should take extra measures to protect their smart phones from possible misuse such as identity theft or stalking. Most smart phones today, especially iOS and Android platforms contain everything a stalker needs to keep a track of you. One of the primary ways potential stalkers can track you via your smart phone is via social engineering, which is obviously not rocket science. It is very likely you will give away your personal information or access to your smart phone to someone you trust. And if that person so desired, he or she can easily track where you are and what you’re doing. Another way stalkers gain access to your smart phone is by stealing its information. They install tracking software or malware which is then used to download your address book, or even track your location on a map. Who steals your data? Cyber criminals steal your financial information for your money, and your personal information to harass or even stalk you. They can snoop via public Wi-Fi networks when you connect to them at Cafes or airports. Another popular way of snooping is GeoTagging, where smart devices use its built-in GPS capability to show the exact location from where you took the photos. Advertisers make use of installed “apps” on your smart phone to collect your personal info....

The Merits of Installing Video Surveillance in Nursing Homes

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There are approximately 2,800 nursing homes in Australia and growing, 30% to 40% of which have been cited for neglect and abuse. Surprisingly, most families are unaware about the occurrence of this abuse because nursing home patients are unable to communicate to their loved ones due to embarrassment, or fear of retribution. Families driven by suspecting abuse or neglect have turned to video surveillance system to identify and record abuse. In addition to providing elderly patient families with evidence, the use of video also captures caregivers stealing money, and violation of inappropriate behavior. Adopting this legislation of allowing the cameras in nursing homes will be a positive step towards the prevention of elderly abuse, and will provide families with access to real time video footage. It has been proven that the use of video surveillance cameras has successfully deterred crime in public areas such as hospitals, shopping malls, schools, government buildings, to name a few places. Below we have described the potential benefits of video surveillance in more detail. Reduced Fear of Crime Many studies have tried to determine if the presence of cameras in public areas such as corridors etc provides an added safety benefit to residents.  Although the findings are mixed, it generally shows a reduction in the level of fear of crime amongst people in CCTV areas. Assistance for Police Investigations Apart from CCTV cameras having a significant role in crime prevention, they also make a contribution to detection. The footage from these cameras provides assistance with an offender’s conviction. Camera footage can also help identify potential witnesses who are hesitant to come forward to the...

Planning a Holiday? First, Think About Home Security

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The idea of taking a holiday can be incredibly exciting, but have you ever thought that you are putting your home security and safety at risk whilst you are away? According to Australian Institute of Criminology, the number of assaults peaks in the spring and summer months of October through to February. Luckily, you can take several measures to significantly reduce the chances you’ll be burglarised. Stop the Mail If your mailbox is overflowing or your doorstep is covered in unread newspapers, it clearly shows that you haven’t been home in a while. If possible, tell the post office and your local newspaper agency the dates you’ll be away. You can even ask a friend or neighbor to collect your mail on a regular basis. Don’t Tip-Off the World by Letting Them Know You’re Away Although you might be tempted to make a buzz about your upcoming vacation on your social media profiles and everyone you see in the grocery store, it’s advised to save the buzz for after you return from your trip. Believe us, we know how intriguing it gets – we’re constantly on Facebook and Twitter. Avoiding social media will not only make you security-conscious, but you will also get to view your holiday pictures once again to be sure you really want to share them! Keep Your Lawn Tidy One thing that you must do is take care of your lawn while you are away. Not only you’ll prevent yourself from coming home to an overgrown lawn, but you also don’t want to let people know that you are away. So, make arrangements with a...

Eversafe Profile

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Upon entering the Eversafe building you will notice that the front area of the building is well maintained. The signage is modern and proudly displays the company logo and tagline; Everyone – Everywhere – Everyday. Once inside one will notice that the office has a very welcoming atmosphere. The brand colours for the company have been integrated nicely into the furniture and decor. An Eversafe customer demonstration panel, showing a wide variety of the security system product range is in the foyer. It is both well presented and shows the professionalism of the company. Company owners Paul and Jenny Mase give all clients a warm and friendly welcome. They dress fittingly in Eversafe branded clothing.  Paul and Jenny are supported by a dedicated and experienced team of qualified electricians, maintenance and office support staff. Jenny quite often fondly refers to the electricians as the ‘boys’.  It is clear that all employees of Eversafe are treated as being part of one big family. Paul and Jenny are committed to providing all customers with exceptional customer service. This is clear in all stages of the sales process; from the time the phone is answered through to when each job has been completed. The team at Eversafe leave no stone unturned when it comes to ensuring their customers are more than satisfied with the job completed. It is fair to say they go above and beyond expectations. The team also take pride in their referral system with the majority of their customers recommending them to several others. The glowing testimonials appearing on their company website vouch for this https://www.eversafe.com.au/testimonials/ Paul was recently...

Eversafe September Newsletter

TAGS: Welcome to the first Spring edition of the Eversafe newsletter. This year’s Winter was a mild one, to say the very least! With the weather forecast for even warmer temperature in the upcoming weeks, it’s a good time to get in early and commence work on those home renovation projects you have planned for this Spring/Summer season. Warm temperatures also can mean less time is spent at work and home with more windows and doors often left ajar, either on purpose or incidentally. Is your current security system adequately equipped to deal with these situations? Have you considered upgrading to a home or business security system where you can remotely monitor your system from your iphone or tablet? During the month of August the team at Eversafe also met some existing loyal customers and new customers, who visited us at our exhibition stand at the Herald Sun Home Show. If you were one of our visitors thanks again for stopping by! Stay safe this Spring and do not hesitate to give our friendly team at Eversafe a call on (03) 900 10...