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Solved break-ins due to neighbors with cameras

By Guest Blogger, Paul

Solved break-ins due to neighbors with cameras

 

With the crime rate on a perennial high these days, it is imperative to rely on technology to capture the criminals. Surveillance cameras, CCTV installations and other security cameras installed in your society and the neighborhood locality can help in reducing the crime rate and solve break-ins. Recently, there were quite a few incidents where a burglary attempt was thwarted or when a long-pending crime case was solved, thanks to neighbors with cameras. Listed below are a couple of examples of that happened a few months back.

The Vancouver Police Department, bothered by the alarming increase in crime rates in its city, decided to let the citizens know about how they can help each other by reducing break-ins and thwarting burglary attempts in their neighborhood. They urged the citizens to be the eyes and ears of everyone else by installing safety cameras in their places. In a city like Vancouver, there were close to 15 residential break-ins on an average, on a single day, which urged the police to take the help of the citizens.

Thanks to these cameras, residents became more aware of what was going on around them. When they noticed people loitering aimlessly in their locality, they immediately alerted the police. The residents also started to take note of suspicious movements of people in their areas by logging on to their cameras frequently. If they found any stranger in the backyard of their neighbor’s homes, they informed the right person and also alerted the police accordingly.

Thanks to the huge success of these cameras (also known as Neighborhood Watch or other names), crime rates dropped phenomenally in the Vancouver city. The program was so successful that it was adopted by almost all the neighborhoods in Canada. Through these neighborhood cameras, people began to learn how to make their property and residences less-prone to burglary attempts.

In San Francisco, the neighborhood camera technology assumed another level completely. Here, they have created a society-based website, where the residents of that particular society can log in and have a look at what is happening in the backyard/front yard or other parts of their/their neighbors’ homes. Yes, in these cases, privacy does take a hit, but residents are willing to sacrifice it for their safety. When they spot any suspicious activity in any residence of their society, they broadcast a message on the site, so that the concerned person can view the same. The police are called for immediately, and all burglary attempts are thwarted immediately.

A two-member team was trying to break into a few cars and homes in San Francisco. The thief, who was seen wearing a wig, was caught on the cameras when he was trying to break into one of the homes. The intruder was caught and handed over to the police immediately, by the citizens, thanks to the technological sophistication of these cameras. The thief was caught sitting in the backyard of one of the homes, and she seemed to be lost or confused about something. Her movements were suspicious, and she was only lazing around the porch without going anywhere. She was waiting for the right time to break-in, probably! When the residents spotted this, they immediately broadcasted the message on the common website and got her arrested.

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Secure your home before going for a trip

Secure your home before going for a trip

 

Before going for your much-awaited vacation, you will definitely want to protect your home from break-ins, vandalism, etc. There are several ways that will help you prevent a burglar from breaking into your house. One of the most important things to keep in mind is to not post about your vacation on social media while you are away. Burglars will look for status updates and photos of any vacation that would tell them when you will not be there at your place. You can post the photos after returning home. Follow some strategies to secure your home while you are away on a vacation: 

Do not make it obvious that you are not at home:

You can ask your trustworthy neighbor, family member, or a friend to come to your house every day for collecting your mail, or you can stop the delivery of newspapers at your place during the time of your vacation. If this is not done, the burglar will realize that your house is empty and nobody is stopping by. It is better if the person receiving the mail or newspaper vary his or her time of coming to your house. If your home is being cased, an intruder will be least likely to break-in as he or she will not know when your friend or family will come to collect the mail and newspapers.

You can even put monitored lights on the timers so that they can turn on and off implying the presence of people at home. You can even install a home automation system that will allow you to control the lights while you are on your vacation, using your smartphone. Lights turning on and off at different times without being in the same pattern will imply that someone is at home.

Install monitored house security system:

 

It has been found out that about 60% of convicted burglars have avoided houses that had security systems. If any home security system keypad could be noticed inside a window sticker, the door, or a yard sign, they used to move to some other home that did not have any security system.

Keep all the valuables away from your windows:

When intruders wish to get inside your home, they will be more interested if the valuables are seen through the windows. This will help them plan their task quickly. They will first target your bedroom because all valuables including jewelry, money, etc. are kept there. No matter how secure the doors and windows are, valuables should be kept away from outside view. If you do not have a safe, then hide the valuables in places like the soil of any artificial plant, inside the books, etc.

Keep away your spare key:

Do not ever leave the spare keys in places like under mats, under rocks, or in flower pots. If someone comes to your house to take care of things, give them the spare key. If you have installed a home security system, then give them the password in case the security alarm gets accidentally triggered. But share the code or give the spare key only to trustworthy people.

Ask someone to take care of your property:

 

If you go for a summer vacation, then hire somebody to look after your lawn. If you go for a winter vacation, then hire somebody to shovel snow. Don’t keep your property neglected as it is a sign that your home is empty, giving an opportunity for potential intruders to break-in. Ask somebody to throw the trash from your house.

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10 Home Hazards You Should Never Ignore

10 Home Hazards You Should Never Ignore

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As much as we may all love for our homes to run smoothly and always look great, that’s not always the case. Sometimes, you can put an incredible amount of time, energy, and effort into creating the perfect home, for it to all far apart the next day. Because accidents happen! You may take pride in how your home looks, but if you’re not careful about the practicalities of things, you may find that you’re faced with a bunch of issues. Your interiors may be your pride and joy, but they’re only the superficial side of your property. In order for your home to truly look great, you have to take care of the bricks and mortar too!

 

While it’s not always possible to be prepared when issues arise, there are things that you can do to make sure that your home stays as hassle-free as possible. By both doing a little DIY and bringing in the professionals, you’ll be able to keep it together. But first of all, you need to know exactly how you do that. Because it’s only easy to keep on top of things when you know what you’re looking for. So we’re going to take a look at some of the main areas of your home that you need to keep an eye on. When you do, you should be able to keep your home hazards at bay.

 

  1. Foundation Issues

 

We’re going to kick off with something that can really impact on how safe your house is, and that’s your foundation. Because if you ever have issues with your foundations, such as basement floor cracks or subsidence, you need to get it look at as soon as possible. Ignoring these problems or writing them off as non-serious could cost you your home. With foundation issues, all it takes is a small shift and you home could end up collapsing! So be sure to get these issues looked into to save you stress and further expenses in the future.

 

  1. Roof Leaks

 

From the very bottom all the way up to the top, we’re now going to head to the roof. Your roof may leak for a range of reasons, but you should never just think that’s just how your particular roof is. Because you may find that the leak is a huge problem and it could cause the structure to weaken over time. If you’re worried about the source of the leak, bring a professional in to analyze the area to make sure its safe and carry out the repairs.

 

  1. Bathroom Leaks

 

Another place that can commonly get leaks in the home is your bathroom. A lot of the time, these leaks are more annoying than anything else. But if you find that you have a leaky faucet or pipes anywhere, you’ll want to get a plumber in to check the source. Sometimes, a small leak will cause a pipe to burst and your bathroom to flood. But you can avoid this by getting it looked at.

 

  1. Boiler Issues

 

If you have a boiler in your home for your heating system, you’ll probably always be weary of this breaking – because nobody wants to be without hot water. If you’re worried about issues, take a look at the most common boiler problems so that you can take action as soon as something happens. Reading up may save you money too!

 

  1. Appliance Problems

 

Heading into the kitchen, if you find that any of your major appliances seem to be on the blink, do not just put it down to age. Remember, these items are electrical items – so that use water! Whether they’re just not working properly, you’ve got issues with lights, or anything – unplug the appliance and get it repaired. You could stop someone from getting hurt by doing this.

 

  1. Window & Door Drafts

 

A less serious, but equally frustrating, issue around the home is drafts coming through your windows and doors. Sometimes, you’ll find that they can be fixed easily with covers, but you may need to get them replaced. You could end up paying more on your heating bills when you live with drafty doors and windows.

 

  1. Badly Drawing Chimney

 

During the winter months, there’s nothing quite like lighting a fire for comfort and warmth. But when the chimney just doesn’t seem to be drawing strongly enough, it can be incredibly frustrating. That’s not all, when you can’t seem to get the fire going as strongly as you’d like, you’re likely having chimney airflow issues that need sorting. Sometimes, a good old clean is all it needs, but be careful about lighting too many fires when the smoke can’t clear, as this will be a health hazard.

 

  1. Poorly Ventilated Rooms

 

It’s easy to forget about opening little windows around the home to keep the air flowing – especially when it’s cold outside. However, when you’re not ventilating your rooms, you may find that mold and mildew tends to set in! This can then really affect your health, and it can cause issues with the structure of your home too. So open those windows and if you do have some mold and mildew setting in, get a professional in to remove it and reinforce the walls.

 

  1. Faulty Locks

 

When your find that one of your main entrance doors is having a few problems locking properly, you always think that you’ll get it looked at – but you really do have to do this now! If you leave it, you may risk a break in. Securing your home is incredibly important if you want to keep your family and possessions safe.

 

  1. Faulty Electrics

 

Finally, you should always look to be weary of faulty electrics. If you ever notice that fuses seem to blow frequently, or you’re having electrical issues with any plug or appliances around the home, call in your electrician. It’s important that you get these taken care of as soon as possible so that no fires are caused as a result.

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The Low-tech Ways to Get a Safer Home

The Low-tech Ways to Get a Safer Home

No one wants criminals to get into their home. However, a lot of the recommendations for making your home more secure tend to be high-tech and expensive. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money or you want to keep your home from being overrun with tech, there are other options you can explore.

Get a Guard Dog

Getting a dog is very much a way to add a new member to your family, but it can come with a security benefit too. If you’re thinking of getting a dog, one that could protect your home might be a good idea. They don’t need to hurt anyone, though – they just need to bark or growl at intruders.

Deter with Signs, Stickers, and Dummies

You don’t actually have to get a dog, however. A “beware of the dog” sign could be enough to deter potential burglars. Similarly, you can use signs and stickers that say you have a security system or camera, or a dummy camera, to give the impression of a well-guarded home.

Make It Harder to Break In

Sometimes, just making it a bit more difficult to get into your home is useful. Aside from strong locks on doors and windows, you can use tactics like growing prickly bushes under windows. You could consider anti-theft paint on walls and fences too.

Unplug Your Devices

There’s more than one way for thieves to get into your home. They can also hack your electronic devices if you’re not careful. Unplugging connected devices that you’re not using will help to keep your home secure.


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Ways To Make The Home Secure This Weekend

Ways To Make The Home Secure This Weekend

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Securing the home is something we should all take that extra time to do once in a while. It will allow us to have the peace of mind that the family is safe from robbers, and will also mean that all of our belongings are safe and sound in the home. If you want to quickly secure your home this weekend, here are some simple ways you can do it.

 

  1. Secure the doors

 

The doors are the entryways to the home, and because of this you must make sure that you make sure the doors are as secure as they can be. Make sure that your frames are strong and sound, that the hinges aren’t rusty and also that tur door is not hollow. If it is, find a solid door which will give you better protection. You can also make sure that if you have a mail slot, that no one can slide their hand through to try and unlock the door. You can buy door and window sensor units which will work alongside your home security and will go off if someone does try to break in.

  1. Lock the windows

 

Your i cows are the next main entry way for burglars, and as long as you already have strong windows with a secure frame there is only one thing you need to make sure to do: lock them. It is ok to have the windows open during the day when you are in the house, however after this you will need to make sure you lock the windows up to prevent burglars seeing this weakness and taking advantage.

 

  1. Get a security system

 

There are tons of amazing home security systems you can buy these days. Some will simply allow you to set alarms when you leave the house, some will integrate with your phone so that you can see through your own cameras. Choose a home security system which is good for you, and make sure you do invest a decent amount of money in making sure it is the best option.

 

  1. Get to know your neighbours

 

It pays to get to know who you live with because these will be the people who you trust to look after your home while you go away on holiday. Make some time to get to know your neighbours and even invite them round for a cup of tea to gain their trust and friendship. This will not only be great for safety, but it will also make your area a much happier place to live.

  1. Do a drill

 

Get one of the friends to come to the house and pretend to rob you. Get them to walk around the house looking for anything which is not secure and any easily reachable valuables. For example if you have all of your electrical equipment in the lounge, is it all in plain sight or hidden in a unit? These things will help you work out exactly what you need to change to keep your home secure and safe in the future.

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You Deserve Protection 24/7 At Its Best

You Deserve Protection 24/7 At Its Best

The issue of security of lives and properties has assumed a global dimension in every nation of the world. Every government devotes huge amounts to security in their yearly budgets, but the issues are far from being over.

The above scenario has led to the involvement of private entrepreneurs in the sector. There are many of such service providers around today; one of them stands out; a look into their portfolio speaks volumes about their expertise in the business of security screens sunshine coast. They are leaders in the notch.

Made From Local Materials

These service providers are miles apart from some of their peers because the materials used in producing their products are locally sourced. You deserve a security door that will last you the distance. The technology behind the designs of this service provider is such that covers the weather 24/7.

It will withstand the worst acidic rainfall. The heat of the sun is not something that will pose any issue to the life of their security devices. When you order from them; you are guaranteed a long warranty on the life of any of the brands from them.

Their Joints Are Properly Welded

They have invested a lot into research. Findings show that most of the security doors give way easily because of poorly welded joints. This service provider has shown a lot of improvements in that regard. The welded joints of their designs will not give way under any impact-no matter how heavy or hard the impact.

They Are Strong

When you see any of their designs; a factor separates them from the rest of the pack. They are very strong. They are the best marine made material that will give you the all-round protection that you need in this troubled times that the world is passing through.

You Will Not Be Imprisoned

Many service providers overdo things in the name of providing maximum security. You will get a better bargain from this service provider. Theirs is maximum security with an air of freedom. You will be free inside the confines of your home or your business premises.

Your pet will also be free to move around under maximum protection. You cannot get a bargain better than this. Everything has been put in place to give security a human face. You will love the experience with this service provider because they are for real.

The Installation

This is where many of the service providers get it wrong because they have not invested much into the area of training of the personnel. The well-groomed and professionally informed core experts of this service provider will give you the expertise that is required to superbly install the security device.

With the proper installation in place; you can enjoy the best benefits from your security device. There is a warranty on every one of their installations. Once installed; you will enjoy all the dividends promised.

Conclusion

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The 2020 Vision: 5 Tips To Ensure Your Home Is Ready For The Next Decade

The 2020 Vision: 5 Tips To Ensure Your Home Is Ready For The Next Decade

Now that the year of 2018 is in full swing, many homeowners will be thinking about the upgrades that can be made to their properties over the next 12 months. While creating a better home is certainly admirable, it’s important not to get completely blinded by the immediate desires. In truth, you should aim to get your home in the best health for years to come.

 

Even if you believe that selling could be likely within the next 10 years, adopting an approach that considers those long-term needs is vital. Here’s how.

 

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Incorporate technology | Home technology has evolved at a rapid rate over the past decade, and that trend will continue over the next. Therefore, a property that doesn’t incorporate those ideas in the near future will soon start to feel even more outdated than it already does. Tech features can make the home smarter, safer, and more cost-efficient. Frankly, this is an essential task for bringing the home into the current day and preparing it for the years ahead. Overlook it at your peril.

 

Protect the building | Most homeowners are happy to protect their homes against the threat of burglars. However, many forget to treat the equally common issues that surface due to natural elements. Being exposed to harsh weather conditions can result in damage that impacts your life as well as the property’s condition. Upgrading the roof and windows will go a long way to helping, while also boosting the insulation. When added to items like flood barriers, you won’t go wrong.

 

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Consider family needs | It’s very easy to think solely about interior beauty. However, your home needs to boast a sense of practicality. This is especially true when considering the changes that your family may encounter over the coming years. The need for space may grow as the family gets bigger, so it’s vital that you make those preparations now. Otherwise, you could be left facing another renovation cycle far sooner than initially expected.

 

Focus on quality | Every homeowner shares a goal of making their money work harder. But the word cheap should not be confused with value. Seeking the latter is pivotal at all times. This home renovation guide will encourage you to consider all factors. These can range from when the DIY approach is best to knowing what to look for before signing work off. Unfortunately, if you do something wrong, you’ll inevitably end up doing it twice. In turn, that will obliterate your finances and sanity.

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Making Your Home A Little Smarter

Making Your Home A Little Smarter

Technology is everywhere. It’s in our public transport, our advertising billboards, our cars and even our pockets. Wherever you go, you can access the internet. You can go live online and make your followers and friends aware of where you are and what you’re up to. Technology has been evolving at such a rapid rate, that even the simple pen and paper are slowly becoming obsolete. It was only a matter of time before people began to introduce technology into their homes.

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When we say technology, we mean beyond the 40” TV in the lounge, or the astounding gigabit service your internet provider gives to you for streaming your favourite box sets on your tablet. We’re talking about the additions like Alexa and the Dot. The modern ‘smart’ home is still in development, with many companies working as hard as they can to make the house a smart one and benefit from being connected online. It’s hard to know whether there is any home gadget that is smart and is an essential, but there are plenty of developments happening right now that need to be considered. The only worry? A power cut! Here’s some of the smart tech you should be considering for your home:

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  • Ecobee3 Smarter WiFi Thermostat: Adjusting the temperature has never been easier than doing if from the comfort of your bed on your phone. They learn your schedule of waking up and going to bed so that it can pre-empt the temperature that you want your home to be, adjusting itself accordingly. It’s great for tracking your energy spending and you can save cash by learning when the most expensive time of day to heat the house is.
  • Nest Cam: Functional, high-resolution and wireless, this camera is the perfect little gadget when you need to get things done around the house but have children to keep an eye on. You can stream the video to your smartphone, so wherever you are in the house you can keep a watch on the kids. Go one better and have the camera pointed at the stove: watching to see if sauce boils over from the lounge is far more fun!!
  • Roomba 980: Is there anything smarter than a gadget that will clean a room on a schedule? You can program it to start up at any time, and it’ll run itself around the room to clean the floors for you. They’re not cheap, but they are worth their weight in gold for the busy parents.
  • August Smart Lock: Imagine being able to remotely lock your doors. Keys aren’t exactly complicated to use, but to be able to remotely unlock or lock your doors using your smartphone is fun! This has the feature that you can dictate it to let people into the house when you’re not there, which is handy when you’re running late!

A smart home is the future in the same way that smart cars are becoming a reality. Get involved and get on board with your house!

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How To Illuminate Your Yard With Landscape Lighting

By Guest Blogger Rohin D.

How To Illuminate Your Yard With Landscape Lighting

Having a beautifully lit back yard is the desire of every proud home owner. The back yard is a part of the house where you unwind and relax by either spending time there on your own or in the company of your friends and family members. It is therefore imperative to keep this area well lit and resplendent if you want to truly enjoy the time you spend here rather than experiencing a sense of discomfort every time you walk into your back yard. Read on to know more about the various different ways in which you can light up your home back yard quickly and easily.

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Is Your Home as Secure as You Think?

Is Your Home as Secure as You Think?

Keeping your home secure is important. Your home is probably where you have your kids, it’s where you keep your savings, and it’s where most of your belongings are. Not only is it important to protect the things that are dear to you, but it’s also important to protect your own life. Burglars can easily break in through a window, and smashing a door is no problem if they don’t mind making a bit of noise. After all, can you really defend against a gang of armed thieves? Most likely not.

Securing your home these days is about more than just having a gun to protect your property. If you want to ensure that your home is secure and safe from intruders, then here are a couple of questions to ask yourself.

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Is my home attractive to thieves?

First, ask yourself if your home is attractive to thieves. If you live in a neighbourhood with a watch scheme, plenty of CCTV on the streets and motion lights, then you’re most likely not an attractive home for thieves. With smart home technology, it’s possible to monitor your home from a distance and even automatically link your security with local authorities for a quick response should the thieves trigger an alarm. If your home has these types of equipment, then there’s a good chance that your home is actively deterring thieves. However, if you don’t have security systems installed and your belongings are in plain sight because of large windows, then there’s a good chance you’re attracting burglars.

Do I have the latest security systems?

Make sure you update your home security. Check resources like homesecuritysystem.co and have a look at the latest and greatest security systems. If you have something from a decade ago, then there’s a good chance that it won’t protect you from anyone. In fact, security systems are no longer as effective as they were because thieves are more than willing to smash your windows, grab the loot and run off before the authorities can reach. Instead, you want the latest security that can not only record the thieves and their getaway but potentially record their voices as well. This will ensure that you have the highest chance of catching the thieves in the future.

Am I making it easy for thieves?

Ask yourself if you’re making it easy for the thieves. If your belongings are in plain sight, then they’re easy targets for thieves. Do you have no motion lights around your home? Then it will make it easy for the thieves to move around at night. This article from ledwatcher.com shows that not only are motion lights good at deterring thieves, but it also makes it hard for them to sneak around undetected. They won’t be able to hide their faces for long, and it will be easy to spot them. You’ll also want to cut down any shrubs or cover that thieves can use to approach your home. In short, make sure you’re not making it easy for thieves by giving them cover, objects to climb on or an easy entrance into your property.

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