Mistakes That Compromise Your Home Security

Posted by Irene Pollak in Home Security | 0 comments

08.09.15

The fact is that criminals are getting more creative in identifying houses that have weak links in their home security not only by what they can see by driving by your home, but also by what you do online, what you talk about out and about and key signs that someone is about to go on holidays or works away from home, and your every day patterns.

Alarm systems, sensor lights, good security screens and not leaving your spare keys in obvious places are all simple steps to upgrading your home security.  This all has to be taken into consideration in relation to your neighbourhood, whether you live in a cul de sac or a busy street.

What are the easiest steps you can take to improve your home security?

Sensor lights; solar powered is ideal or hard wired by an electrician.

Security screens without the keys left in them and a security guard on your screen door so the fly screen can not be cut for easy access.  Also look at improving the security on the ground floor windows of your home if they do not already have bars on them.  Although at a recent security event we were told how some crims cut the bars off to gain access to the home, so it is a networked security solution that is definitely required.

An external/internal alarm/cctv system that allows you to turn on the sensors in the part of the home you are not in, controlled through your smart device; tablet or phone.

Digital Door locks; with custom codes for trades people, visiting extended family members, the kids, with an app notification to your phone which also allows the ability to revoke access anytime.

If you have spare keys for visitors or tradies, consider a Key Safe - link to blog post here.

ALWAYS LOCK YOUR GARAGE; no matter what, lock it.  Opportunity = risk.

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For security solutions when you are travelling please consider these suggestions;

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The biggest things to remember is, don't leave things on the front deck or with the windows open (curtains/blinds open) so that opportunists can't easily identify if your home is a worthwhile risk.

If you have some concerns with your home security, we would love to nut out some solutions that are custom to your lifestyle and location.

Call Nathan and the team at Toowoomba Locksmith, we have an inside view of what is going on in Toowoomba, night and day in regards to security.

Home Security; Kids and Security

Posted by Irene Pollak in Locksmith | 0 comments

As our children grow they get to have more and more responsibility added to their plate to prepare them for not only becoming a teen/young adult but also in providing them with opportunities to develop confidence in themselves.  Engaging our kids in more and more of the household daily gigs, gives them the ability to know how to handle different situations in not only home life but in personal life and security as they become more independent.

Every home has different levels of 'normal' and we know that transition from child to young adult is differnt for each family.  As our children mature, their world is filled less and less with fairies and turtles that can do awesome ninja moves to zombies, boys/girls, getting home on public transport, riding their bikes to and from school or getting a lift with other families.   Whatever the situation the time will come when the talk and solution for home security in regards to keeping keys safe, not allowing strangers into the home and the responsibility of having friends over without parents being home.  Key and home security is an important conversation and strategy that each family will eventually develop into the smooth running of your household.

As kids have a tendency to overshare in their younger years, which was once an endeering part of being a kid has to take a different perspective as they get grow.  This is especially relevant in the context of taking care of the house keys.  The beauty of evolutions in industry is that today in the market of Locksmiths and home security there are some super basic solutions up to the digital evolution of home security.

Here are some of our suggestions on key security for your kids and family.

Some solutions in key security;

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A well placed key hider/safe which is coded with a 2-4 digital combination that can be kept near the front door and allow your child to have the freedom to let themselves.  We have written a blog about Key Safes if you wish to investigate this option further.

Digital Door Lock;

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The Kevo Digital lock is installed to easily replace the standard door key, Kevo, Lockwood and other digital security companies are developing digital door locks to piggy back on the growing trend of home automation.

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Lockwood Wireless Deadbolt; be aware that the locks that you buy at Bunnings and hardware stores are no where near the quality that we buy for Locksmiths. This lock can be integrated with Z-wave a very popular system in Australia for home automation.  The key to digital locks for security for your children, is that every person in your household gets their own code and when that code is entered you will get a text to your phone to notify you that your little version of you has made it home.   That is a peace of mind that is worth every bit of your time to look at for an option for home security.

If you are either looking to upgrade your home security, make a system of entry for your kids that will allow you peace of mind please talk to Nathan or the boys at TL and we will give you our advice based on your situation that empower you to make the right decision for home security. We are locksmith nerds and love what we do.

How To Choose The Right Home Safe to Buy.

Posted by Irene Pollak in Safes | 0 comments

Each home and reason to buy a home safe and where to put it, how to secure and then of course how to choose the right safe to buy once you have figured all this out.  When it comes to choosing the right safe, first you need to understand the current and future value of the goods that you are putting in the safe.  This will determine the 'cash rating'; what the safe is insured to protect, of the safe.  Then you will consider other factors like, whether your home is brick or timber, this influences whether you will need a fire rating safe for your home.  Please note here; there is only fire resistant, not fire proof safes, most safes are between 30mins to 1 hour at extreme heat, any safe under extended times will not survive.

Coming back to how to choose the right home safe to buy, another consideration is the size you can purchase based on the place and space within your home that you wish to put the safe.  Then comes the final consideration, will you install and secure the safe; under a certain weight; 150kgs, the safe must be secured to the floor or wall, if the safe is physically stolen then it will not be considered an adequate enough deterrant by some insurance policies (loophole).  A phone call to your insurer will put to bed any of these doubts, although these policies are prone to change over time, it is good to aim for the highest security measures from your particular insurer.  We sell floor safes, jeweller grade and collectables safes, grinder proof safes, large, medium and small safes.  We can advise you on the best safe for any situation whether it be for your home or business, we also offer installation tips if you wish to install it yourself or we can install it for you to give you extra peace of mind.

Once you are armed with this knowledge, then we at Toowoomba Locksmiths can recommend the right safe for your home.

If you have valuables and collectables to secure then we recommend the BFG range from Guardall safes as they have just released drawer inserts that are such a great extension of this already superior safe.  Most of the range has a cash rating of $25, 000.  Or for a budget range of safes we have the Chubb safe range which has something for every price rang.

Home CCTV Solutions That You Can Check In On Remotely.

Posted by Irene Pollak in CCTV | 0 comments

12.06.15

Home CCTV systems are being pushed more and more by insurance companies in a bid to lower the chance of you making a claim and they reward you for your installation of a home CCTV system, that you can check in on remotely or has a recording facility, by lowering your annual premiums.  Although in saying this, the increase in conviction in crimes has increased in Australia with the Federal and State Police attributing this outcome to the use of home CCTV footage.  This makes a lot of sense, as criminals are quick to identify government and business sercurity systems and adjust their crimes around that, but to be adept with each homes security systems in the area would be near impossible.

So with this demand there has been an influx of systems that are DIY's from JB HiFi and JayCar and Ebay, but most times there is a little twist to installing it, this ends up being installed by a locksmith or not properly at all.  We get it though, if you are savvy enough to set up the camera system, position the camera and get everything going smoothly on your own these systems are great, the only concern after that would be replacement parts and upgrading of technology.  This leads to a long term issue with these systems is that it is tricky for locksmiths to be able to adequately service a store bought alarm/CCTV system and replace parts that will support it, so sometimes (when the main port of the system is compromised) the system may need to be replaced.  With our experience in the security industry we have seen a lot of these DIY camera systems come and go. A product that we have been excited to use is the ABUS CCTV security systems.

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We install and service the ABUS 7"/3"  MONITOR & 1xIR DIGITAL WIRELESS CAMERA 2.4GHz; it has a high pixelation in that cameras, can record to an SD card and can be used through an app on your phone or ipad.  This system supports a 4 camera usage system that will allow adequate external and internal visibility of your property whilst you are home or away.  This system is ideal for private homes, restaurants, offices, and small businesses.   This system allows remote access wtih the image and sound being transmitted between the camera and monitor on a secure basis. This excludes the possibility of third parties viewing the images or listening in.

We can install any part of the ABUS security range, for further options for what you may need for your home we have included a link to the main supplier site.

Then contact us to inquire about what would be the best solution for your home or small business.abus 7

Features

  • Complete set consisting of an IR wireless outdoor camera, monitor, and docking station.
  • Video transmitted using encrypted digital radio.
  • Compact IP66 outdoor camera with infrared night vision function and 640 x 480 pixel resolution.
  • 7" colour touch-screen monitor (operates on rechargeable batteries).
  • Easy to operate.
  • Mobile access via iPhone, iPad app.
  • Remote access via LAN using the docking station (battery for monitor charged at the same time).
  • Can be extended to include up to four wireless cameras (TVAC16010).
ABUS 7" monitor system; TVAC16000 User Manual

Gun Safes Toowoomba

Posted by Irene Pollak in Safes | 0 comments

There are many reasons to be aware of the requirements for good gun storage; ignorance does not stop you from being fined up to $12 000, personal and family safety and in the case of a break in; to keep it out of the hands of criminals.  Most of the guns on the black market today in Australia have been obtained from breakins, Australian Federal Police states that 90% of guns stolen from the home are used in criminal activity.  Of late there has been a spike in South East Queensland of break ins and in some areas this increase ranges from a 30-50% increase.

We have had experience with people under securing their weapons due to a slight misunderstanding of what is required for different grade weapons, the Firearms Storage Brochure fixed below goes through the compliances required.  We have had people come in and purchase Gun Safes only after their weapons were confiscated due to poor storage, this is not the way we want to sell a safe.

There are three brands of gun safes that we feel confident recommending, the Guardall Gun Safes range, Burg Watcher burg_ranger_gun_safes_web and Lokaway gun safes.  The first video below gives you a close up look at the Lokaway range of rifle and hand gun safes.  They have a lock and swing technology in their safes that even if your house does experience a break in, the chance of them getting to your guns are very slim.  They have a felt lining through the safe and a separate ammunition storage inside (legislation compliant).

When these safes are fixed to the wall or secured to the floor this offers the optimal security for your weapons.  Some insurance companies will not payout for a gun safe that has been physically removed from your home.  Gun safes Toowoomba is what we are building a name for as we offer a diverse range of quality safes for your peace of mind.

Contact Nathan for some personal advice on your safe needs.

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and

the QLD Weapons Licensing Page.

This video by Burg Wachter is informative in giving you a clear understanding into what is required when buying a safe, for any reason.  (FYI it is in German)

Key Hiders and Key Safes

Posted by Irene Pollak in Locksmith, Safes | 0 comments

23.05.15

The simplicity of Key hiders and Key safes allow you to have a place to store the spare key for staff, family or the kids with peace of mind that no one will be able to find and use the key if they happen upon it.  These key safes are not based on technology but simple robust back ups for when you need a place to store the spare keys.

It can have a 2, 4 or 6 digit passcode and is easy to set and change.  It takes a drill and screwdriver to fix it to the wall anywhere outside the house and it even if it is knocked off the wall it is made of robust materials to make it a delayed entry to access the keys. The key to keeping your house secure is to make it as unappealing as possible for want to be criminals to try and break into your home.  This is the best measure for home security, deterrence, rather than solely a good insurance policy. Making it challenging and disruptive for criminals immediately makes your home less appealing for opportunistic break ins.

Smart Investors, Buy a Good Safe

Posted by Irene Pollak in CCTV, Home Security, Safes | 0 comments

With the announcement of a deposit tax by the Abbott government in recent weeks this will see an influx in demand of home safes.  Not because we are all going to keep our money in the safe but because the time to look beyond the bank for investment purposes has just become more prevalent.  It will not only be inspired from this tax but in protecting our investments in the future as savvy investors will be keeping their eye on the horizon for any other changes to taxes and super contributions.  To be on top of this, smart investors will not only be looking at what to invest in but in determining what factors meet the criteria for keeping those investments safe, hence we are advising you in this post on how to buy a good safe.

The opportunity to look beyond cash, to invest in good stock items that will accrue value without you having to watch the stock market are a good way to diversify your investments and with that you need to look at a good sturdy safe.  Now, any safe that can be picked up and taken with the would be criminals offers you not much extra security either.  What is recommended when you choose a safe that fits your items, cash rating requirements and fit for your home, is to make sure it is fitted by one of our licensed technicians who will fix it to the wall or floor to ensure optimal security.  We do sell angle grinder proof safes, Guardall BFG range, that have been tried and tested to deter any semi or professional criminals, you will be confident that you have given your home security the best options.

We also advise that you look at home insurance policies and excesses and premiums, as this is also a good idea to look at the idea of also installing a CCTV or alarm system in your home.  There are some great DIY alarm installations on the market like the Yale DIY Alarm system, ask us about this system for your home.  When a safe is installed with a supported security system, CCTV or Alarms or both, then your insurance premiums will reduce, please check with your insurance company to compare the price points.

Call us to talk about what you may need for security for your valuables and investments.

07 4362 60 60

Read the article here about Abbott's Deposit Tax; don't forget to go through the comments as this will clarify the impact that this tax will have on Australians.

Re-keying Locks

Posted by admin in change locks, Home Security, Lock Install, Locksmith, re-key | 0 comments

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Thinking of changing your locks?

Did you know that instead of replacing the entire lock you can save money by re-keying locks existing on your premises?!

Re-keying locks is when a locksmith alters the lock in order to make sure that only new keys can operate the lock.

If you are concerned about that someone may have a key to your home you can consider re-keying existing locks! This ensures you know who has a key and is a cheaper alternative to replacing the locks, therefore SAVING YOU MONEY!

Toowoomba Locksmiths has a team of professional locksmiths that are happy to help with any questions you have regarding changing, replacing, or re-keying your locks!

Call us today on 07 4632 6060.

Changing the Locks on a House

Posted by admin in change locks, Lock Install, Locksmith, re-key | 1 comments

27.01.15

When you have moved in to a new home that is the best time to consider changing the locks on a house. You cannot be sure who may have a copy of the keys to your house unless all locks are re-keyed or replaced!

If you are worried about people gaining access to your home or breaking in, talk to our locksmiths about our different systems that can help increase the security of your home. Toowoomba Locksmiths is passionate about home security! We have options that restrict who can cut keys, digital locking systems, bump resistant options and CCTV camera systems that can be used in order to create extra home security. These systems may initially cost more than off the shelf locks, however the added security helps ensure no unwanted visitors can enter your home!

We also recommend that you change the codes to any alarm or locking systems that require codes as soon as you move in, as well as, on a regular basis.

We suggest adding other forms of security such as, CCTV, door chains, and deadbolts. This will help enhance home security and will deter intruders. The harder it is to get in the less likely an intruder is to try.

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After we install your new security system ask us about obtaining a

“MY HOME IS PROTECTED BY TOOWOOMBA LOCKSMITHS”

sign or window sticker to help deter intruders.

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What is a Transponder Key?

Posted by admin in Automotive, Locksmith | 0 comments

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I am sure you have heard Locksmiths referring to Transponder Keys, but you may not know exactly what a Transponder Key is!

Since 1995 the majority of new cars have used transponders within the key, which works by sending a radio signal needed in order to start the vehicle. The transponder is a small microchip in the head of they key and if a key for the vehicle is cut without programming the transponder the key will not allow the vehicle to start, although it will still turn the engine over. This is because the immobilisers will still be active.

The transponder creates additional security for new vehicles, but it does come with the disadvantage of high costs and long waits when a key is lost and a new one is ordered through a car dealership.  A transponder key is essentially a key with a code transmitter embedded that sends a unique alpha-numeric code to your ignition. When received, the transponder in the ignition tells the car that it is okay to start. Programming or reprogramming a transponder key depends on the make and model of your vehicle. For domestic cars with a vehicle identification number (VIN) that starts with 1 or 4, the keys can be reprogrammed by simply taking the keys out to your car and entering the program mode.

This is where, here at Toowoomba Locksmiths, we can help! With Automotive Locksmith technology we can cut and program 90% of transponder keys using your current key! This way you can store your additional key in case you loose your current key. Using a local locksmith will significantly reduce the cost of additional keys and ensure you are supplied with a copy of your key instantaneously, bypassing long waits.

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As your local locksmith in Toowoomba we always recommend keeping at least two transponder keys on hand because, if no current key is present, dealership replacements are generally expensive and incur long waiting periods.

A transponder key is essentially a key with a code transmitter embedded that sends a unique alpha-numeric code to your ignition. When received, the transponder in the ignition tells the car that it is okay to start. Programming or reprogramming a transponder key depends on the make and model of your vehicle. For domestic cars with a vehicle identification number (VIN) that starts with 1 or 4, the keys can be reprogrammed by simply taking the keys out to your car and entering the program mode.

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