We never expect to be broken into, we always think that these things happen to other people and honestly we hope you never have to experience a break in. The main comments made by people is that they feel like they have a sense of invasion, that someone they don't know has gone through their home and things.
Nothing we suggest to you here will guarantee that you won't be broken into, but it will definitely decrease the possibility of it happening, the main things that amatuer crims are looking for are easy and quick money, so what we offer is deterrants and inhibitors.
How to prevent a Break in top tips;
Cheap doorlocks = quicky entry, so the money you think your saving by buying a cheap lock won't be worth it in the end, deadlock is what you will need to be insurance compliant so keep that in mind when upgrading your main entry point security.
Sensor lights - anything that reflects human behaviour will scare most amatuers, along with the front door being visible from the street.
Visible security camera - there has been much talk online that even a fake camera will work, and yes it will to a degree and for some people this act alone will be enough of a deterrant. But depending on your security concerns the technology in cameras are increasing and the prices are becoming more competitive. So choose the solution based on your needs.
Spare keys - if you are not interested in having a digital door lock for your home so everyone has their own code, then we have solutions that can allow you to securely hide the spare key. Check out our Key Safes post, these are little iron nuggets, they can try and break into but they will loose. (insert belly laughter)
Security Screens - on both the doors and the windows, especially the ground floor and keep shrubs away from ground floor windows, unless they are thorny, then keep those ones definately.
Dogs - ok so there is a debate on this one, a good guard dog looks scary and does not wag its tail at just about anyone who uses that tone of voice that we all use to say hello to dogs. If they respond like that then your dog will not suffice to be a guard dog. Don't be fooled by big dogs either they can sometimes be the most gentle, we had a story of how a Doberman not only let a thief in but the thief took his collar for a bit of a cheeky call out. Criminals will assess your dog prior to a break in to determine whether they are a threat.
Neighbourhood Watch - being close to your neighbours is one of the best security measures. They know your habits, the sound of your car, if you are away and help you with your security measures while away. (click image below to go to Toowoomba Police Neighbourhood Watch page.)
Another measure is to keep valuables away from the windows; computers, large TV's, handbags, things that make your home become a target.
We did a little search around the web to find some other tips from different countries and some were hilarious and we should have kept the link but we were looking for quality. This blog on how to prevent a break in, has some great tips that we haven't mentioned that may be a worth a read.
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.
For security solutions when you are travelling please consider these suggestions;
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 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.
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.
- 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).
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.
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.
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.