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...

How to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Leaks in Your Home

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The CNN has branded CO winters silent killer as virtually all households use more gas for longer periods during the cold season and are thus more exposed to the risk of inhaling and being poisoned by carbon monoxide. This is not to discourage homeowners like you from using your gas pipelines to heat your residence. It’s to warn you to be vigilant about certain risks that may affect your health significantly. Take the case of Tyler and Chase Robinson, 6 and 8 years old respectively. In May 2010, the boys from Shepparton woke in the middle of the night and went to their mother’s room to sleep at her side. When Vanessa Robinson, the boys’ mother, woke up the next afternoon, she noticed something odd about her sons. Aside from that, she felt severe pain in her arm. When the paramedics came, they found that the boys had passed away. Their autopsy report revealed that the cause of their death was carbon monoxide poisoning. It was also discovered that a faulty wall heater was the source of the leak. Mrs. Robinson herself is left with a numb arm, a consequence of nerve damage brought about by CO poisoning. Mrs. Robinson and her sons were living in a rented flat. Recently, her landlord admitted that the heater in the rented property “has not been serviced for more than 4 years.” The carbon monoxide is dangerous because, according to Dr. Howard Frumkin of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “it binds with the red blood cells in our bodies and prevents them from carrying oxygen.” This can then lead to...

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...

Giving Your New House That Genuinely Homely Feel

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Finally, a place to call your own! Perhaps you have moved to a more desirable home or have acquired your very own house for the first time. It’s always great to get that feeling of going home, however the adventure to home ownership does not stop there. Of course, you need to install home security devices to protect yourself from various risks, like fire or intruders. However, alarm systems and CCTV cameras are not the only things that you should consider including in your home. Your challenge now lies in making your new residence suitably habitable. You know, the kind that makes it feels like a real home. So, how to dress up that shell of a house or apartment so it becomes that domestic haven you have always wanted? Here are a few clever suggestions: Decorate with plants Flowers effortlessly brighten up spaces and make them seem more vibrant. Buy a bouquet of your favourite blooms and put them in vases placed at various locations in your house. You can also buy a few bonsai or small potted plants that are low-maintenance and thrive well in your area. See to it that the varieties you get are not the kind that triggers allergies among your fellow occupants. Use furnishings of a cheery colour Fluorescent shades? Well, more like pastel hues! You can take cues from the current colour blocking trend and apply that to your interiors. Just make sure that the shades complement each other. For example, if your couch is beige, use a mustard yellow curtain or throw pillows to keep things from looking drab. Consider using...

Eversafe Newsletter June 2013

TAGS: This month is typically a common month for families to head to warmer climates during the upcoming June/July school holidays.   Before you go we urge you to consider whether you have made your home as secure as possible.  Also we ask you to be mindful of whom you notify of your absence, this includes posting on social media about your departure or destination. Eversafe Australia can assess the safety of your home before you leave with a free security assessment.  All of our home security systems are effective, user-friendly and come backed by a full manufacturers warranty. Our wide range of reliable security products such as CCTV cameras and alarm systems can be discreetly installed.  In addition, we understand that your security requirements will change based on the size of your property and complexity of your situation. Contact Eversafe TODAY on 03 900 10 900 or email info@eversafe.com.au to have your home or business security needs assessed...

Ideal Home Security Habits You Should Develop This Winter

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The cold weather makes staying inside  so enticing.  Who wants to go through the trouble of going outdoors and dealing with the chilly climate during the wintry months? Unfortunately we have no choice for certain things in life like going to work. Most people tend to me more housebound during the winter months,  and so, it is a perfect time to develop good habits that help you keep your house a safe and secure place to live in. This will also ensure that you’re more consistent in practicing home security measures, performing them automatically as if they’re second nature. Closing Doors and Windows A good number of burglaries are opportunistic in nature. In fact, 66% of robbers surveyed said they entered residences through open windows or doors, as reported by The Australian. Based on this fact, it’s important that you develop the habit of actually closing your doors every time you enter or leave your home. Practice this constantly by closing doors to the bedroom, toilet, or storage area whenever you enter or exit the room. Do the same thing at the office, as well. Sooner or later, you’ll find yourself automatically doing this routine even without being conscious about it. With windows, consider installing screens or grilles so that you can leave your panes open and keep your interiors cool without worrying about intruders. Before leaving your house, make sure that all windows are closed. If need be, set an alarm in your smart phone or write this down on a post it note that you attach to your main door to remind yourself. Unplugging Appliances and TurnOff...

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...

The Most Vulnerable Areas in Your Office You Should Secure

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The door is not the only place in your work premises that you should keep an eye on. There are other points of entry and targets that may not be immediately obvious to you. Not only that, perpetrators don’t always come from the outside – it is highly possible you are actually working with those that pose a serious security threat to your business. As such, it is important to secure all areas that are vulnerable to both external and internal security risks. To do so, you need to identify which aspects of your office are most likely to be targeted by infiltrators. Your Desk If you are the CEO, business owner, manager, supervisor, or holding some other top-level position in your company, it is important to secure highly sensitive and confidential documents and other essential items in your work area. You would not want to lose important data that may be used against you or your company. You also would not want the competition to be in the know regarding your future plans and corporate strategies, nor would you want to lose high-value physical assets that may be found in your room. Your Records and Server Room This is where essential corporate data may be found. To prevent information or identity theft, as well as illegal access to your network, you should have these areas monitored via security surveillance cameras and installed with an efficient business alarm system. Your Supplies Storage Area Keep your company from losing money over discrepancies in product inventory. You should also prevent staff from taking advantage or misusing your office supplies, as frequent...

Some Terms in Home Automation You will Frequently Encounter

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Whats inside a smart house? A smart house makes use of the latest technology to manage its various fixtures, appliances, entrances, and security systems. Its central electrical “hub” is smartly wired and can monitor various daily activities. Inside a smart house you will find the controls of its major features, such as heating, lighting, and alarm systems, are centralized and can be adjusted via remote devices. Is your home a smart one? You have to admit that daily living these days is vastly different from decades ago. Add in the fluctuations in the economy and changes in society in response to various world events – you cannot expect to march onward in the same rhythm. You have to adapt accordingly while bearing in mind the future as well. As we move further into the future and through an increasing number of technological advances, it is only logical to make your own residence a place that is suitable for these modern times.  It is also understandable to accommodate evolving lifestyles brought about by new technology and social trends. As your needs become more sophisticated and threats to domestic safety and security shift , you’ll need to automate your home so you will be able to tackle all those modern needs and changes with efficiency and ease. This may mean enlisting the assistance of security professionals and installing a security system that comes equipped with CCTVs and house alarms that work 24/7 to ensure you are safe, sound, and comfortable. When investigating home automation, it is important that you thoroughly understand what this modern arrangement is all about so that you...

Business Burglaries in the 21st Century and How to Prevent Them

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Until now, burglars still use ordinary tools to carry out their job. Only very few use the more modern and electronic ones. However, with the development of more sophisticated business security systems and other anti-theft devices such as CCTV cameras and alarm systems, burglary rates have fluctuated and even declined the past few years. According to statistics based on Victoria police records, overall crimes decreased by 5% while burglaries have gone down 3 percent. This is an intriguing, considering the economic difficulties that have plagued different countries and companies for the last three or five years. As you know, crime rates are expected to rise during a financial crisis. But this is not to say that losses have also gone down. The fact remains that businesses lose a significant amount of money to theft, despite the advent of modern technological developments. Also, improvements in burglary techniques are inevitable as would-be thieves will be brainstorming for more effective ways to carry out their plans. Nevertheless, the fact remains that crime has gone on a downward slope. One of the reasons for this, as what analysts observe, is the use of sophisticated security systems. In the past few years, the installation of business alarms and CCTV systems have increased and discouraged a good number of potential crimes. These have even been instrumental in the capture of perpetrators, with the footage or monitoring records serving to strengthen the case against burglars who have been brought to court. Due to the efficiency and practicality of such security devices, no business is without them. Can the same be said of yours? If you have...