Are security and CCTV cameras worth it?

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Are security and CCTV cameras worth it?
Are security and CCTV cameras worth it

You cannot have your eyes looking over your home 24/7, this is where home CCTV cameras come in. Security cameras are designed to be looking at all angles of your property all day and all night to protect you and your home from vandals and intruders. Cameras will deter any suspicious people from your home, as it is clear evidence that can be used against them. Authorities consider video footage recorded by security cameras to be valid evidence of crime. Security cameras can therefore help your case in the courtroom. CCTV cameras on a home have proven that burglars/intruders are likely less to target a house with cameras. If a burglar noticed surveillance cameras 50% of offenders said they would not continue the robbery and run. 

Home Security Cameras Options

There are so many different options of home security cameras, it can be very overwhelming. If you talk to the right people, they can assist you in choosing the best option for your home. The main two home security options are wireless cameras and CCTV (closed circuit television) systems. Wireless systems are a cheaper way to keep an eye on your property, but sometimes aren’t the most reliable. We would prefer to install a CCTV system; these systems are hard wired and use an NVR (network video recorder) that is a lot more reliable with footage and tampering. The CCTV systems can be tailored for everyone’s different situations, they are also outdoor friendly. The cameras are built to withstand vandalism and severe weather conditions.

CCTV for Businesses

CCTV for Businesses

Security cameras systems are also worth installing for a business. Small businesses need to have surveillance systems to protect their inventory, technology, and employees. Small business security systems usually include several cameras, which makes them more complicated than typical home security systems. 

Every business has customers walking through the door, browsing at your products and basically have free reign of the store. Sometimes they can get out of the view of the employees and steal items as they know you can’t see them. A security camera system allows people to capture the people who come into your store with bad intentions. The footage can sometimes allow you to identify the thief’s and get your products back. 

Break in often enough happen at night when no one is in the store and a camera can again help identify the intruder and assist the police in their investigations.

When you next get a Toowoomba locksmith to your home, ask them to have a look around your exit and entry points of your property to identify weak security points and any lock or padlock upgrades that may be needed.

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Can I Purchase Garage Door Remote Replacements?

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15.04.20

Replacing an old garage door remote can sometimes be daunting as there are some many different garage door remote replacements, but if you have the right information it isn’t actually that hard.

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Can I Purchase Garage Door Remote Replacements

How to Replace Garage Door Remote

The easiest way to replace a garage door remote is if you have the old remote you are wanting to replace. Most of the time in this case, we are just able to look at the part number and brand to recommend the replacement that will work with your garage door motor.

If you are unable to supply a current garage door remote, we can then sometimes find some information on your garage door motor to help assist us. We are able to search the serial number or part number on your motor to find a new garage door remote.

Universal Garage Door Remote

Universal Garage Door Remote
Universal Garage Door Remote

There is also the option of purchasing a universal garage door remote.  When purchasing a universal garage door remote, it may seem unnecessary to be knowledgeable about the door’s manufacturer, but it’ll avoid unneeded frustration it’ll determine if the replacement remote is compatible with your garage door. Universal remotes are able to be used with most motors, so it is an easy way to achieve a new garage door remote replacement without the hassle.

Missing or Stolen

A missing or stolen garage door remote is serious, but it isn't something that should send you into a panic. If you are proactive and take necessary steps to prevent a thief from using the remote, your home and all your valuables will remain protected. Many homeowners assume that if a garage door remote is lost or stolen, they have to replace the entire automatic garage door opener.

They don't have to do that. All automatic garage door openers have a disable feature that allows you to completely deprogram all remotes for a specific garage. Once the remotes are deprogrammed, they will not open the garage door. you will just need to reprogram the garage door remotes back. Moving to a new home?

This can be diagnosed by contacting any of the knowledgeable staff at Toowoomba Locksmiths.

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Is my sliding door lock secure?

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15.04.20

Sliding glass door detail and rail embed in floor

Is my sliding door lock secure?

Sliding glass doors and French doors are a beautiful addition to any home. Most people love the natural light and views their sliding glass doors and French doors let in, but sometimes it’s those very views that make the doors unsafe. They offer a wide-ranging look into your home so anyone can see what you have and what might be worth taking. That is why it is vital you have secure and a good quality sliding door lock.

A sliding glass door lock often is just a small latch that hook onto a piece of metal in the door’s frame. These latches are generally operated by moving a small lever and are extremely easy to open. There are steps you can take to ensure the security on your aluminium sliding door locks are up to standard. Often enough a sliding door lock is just locked with a snib or small turn lever, you can in most cases install a new lock that is locked with a key this can provide some extra security on your sliding glass door lock.

Patio Bolt

Another option is to install a patio bolt, they are locks that can be attached at the top or bottom of the door. These key-operated locks have pins/bolts that slide into the floor or upper door frame and keep the door from sliding, even if the sliding glass door lock is damaged etc.

Screen Door

Aluminium sliding door

Aluminium sliding door locks can also be found on sliding screen doors. This is also an alternate option to ensure security on your home. A screen door adds an extra layer of security before your average sliding door lock on a glass door. 

It is always recommended to lock your sliding door locks with a key, this is an easy step that can taken to provide that little bit of extra security. Locking your doors with keys instead of just the snib or lever can eliminate people poking holes in your screens or opening your doors by reaching around some glass they may have broken. 

It is easy to mistake a broken Screen Door Lock with a repairable fault. The best way to establish if you need a new security lock or if the lock can be repaired is to contact one of the Knowledgeable locksmiths at Toowoomba Locksmiths.

What are the different types of door locks?

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15.04.20

There sometimes can be a lot of confusion with all the different types of door locks. There are a few of variations and capabilities of locks for front doors, glass sliding doors and security screen door locks.

Types of Door Locks

Locks can vary with depending on what door you have. Front door lock types can be overwhelming. The most common front door lock type is just a standard knob set or lever set. These are used to latch your door shut and provide one locking point. Recently we have found that a lot of our customers are wanting extra security on their timber door locks, we recommend installing a deadbolt. A deadbolt can provide an extra locking point on your door, it puts a solid bolt into the door frame and cannot be jimmied opened.

Security screen and Security Door Locks

Security screen door

Security screen door locks are a very important part of the security of a home. These door locks are the first barrier to a home. Security screen door locks allow you to have a secure home, but still allow you to have fresh air following through your house. These door locks are sometimes the most used door in your home, if you think about it every time you want to enter your house you have to open the screen door whether or not the timber door is open or closed. If you wanted extra security on these door locks you can sometimes install a triple lock kit onto your screen doors.

Triple locks on a security screen have three points of locking on the door. One bolt at the top, bottom and middle, when all three of these locking points are locked a screen door can be very hard to pry open. Want to Learn more about home security. Click Here

There are a lot of different types of door locks but a knowledgeable locksmith will know all the front door lock types as well as the different security screen door locks and will be able to assist and guide you to the right door locks you require.

Got questions about your locks? Let us help you

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Door locks|Broken locks

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Unfortunately, door locks weren’t made to last forever. Eventually, all door locks will break depending on the quality.

Door Lock

When a door lock breaks it could be crucial that you fix it as soon as you can. A broken door lock can compromise the security of a property as it isn’t functioning to its full capability.

You may need to replace a broken lock or sometimes you can just repair your lock. As locksmiths in Toowoomba, we carry a lot of spare parts for locks in our service vans and workshop. Or replacement locks where required. There are a lot of little moving parts inside a lock, occasionally there is just one simple broken part stopping it all from working together.

A common occurrence in a lot of older style homes, especially in Toowoomba where we have stunning Colonial and Queenslander homes, is building or house movement. The foundations of a house can often move and shift causing a door to not meet up with the striker plate on the frame of the door. Weather can also play a major part in house movement, colder months versus summer months there is always a slight adjustment in the ground. All these causes can give the user the impression that they have a broken lock but this may not be the case. This can be a simple fix where a locksmith can make an adjustment to the part that the lock actually locks into.

Security screen and Security Door Locks

broken door lock

A factor of a broken door lock could also be that it is faulty. Sometimes there are faults in the manufacturing of the lock, there are a lot of moving parts that make a lock work. If one of those small parts isn’t doing it job correctly it can cause the whole lock to not work. Depending on the situation it could cost more for a locksmith to pull apart the lock and try fixing the broken lock.

Many people would worry that if their lock cannot be repaired, they will have to buy a new lock that might not match the rest of the doors on the house or business premises. There are plenty of options on the market that you will be able to source the exact same or very similar fitting lock. Toowoomba Locksmiths have a number of suppliers with all different products, the chance of not finding what you are after for a replacement lock is slim to none.

Matching New Lock

The new lock could also be changed so it can match a current key for your house. This just involves the lock being taken apart and the internals of the lock being rearranged, for example: the same key will operate both the front and back door. This eliminates having a different key for every door in your house, it is one universal key.

Why you should change locks on your house

Garage Door Remotes | Garage door

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Whether you have a roller door remote, tilt-a-door remote, or a panel lift, all Garage door remotes come in a huge range of brands and frequencies. It is imperative that you choose the correct remote for your motor and receiver, purchased from a reputable stockist. Buying Garage Door Remotes online can be costly if the incorrect remote is selected for your requirements.

Adding and deleting Garage Door Remotes can be a simple process, and providing the correct remote is selected it can be a DIY job to reprogram. Or for peace of mind have a trained technician from Toowoomba Locksmiths to clear your receiver’s memory and add remotes as necessary.

Garage door

The Garage door is often overlooked when changing locks on your property which can mean anyone carrying old remotes may have unauthorised access to your home or garage. Be sure you know who holds remotes for your garage door – Old tenants or property owners, unwanted family members or old tradespersons may have these garage remotes and could potentially access your property without your knowledge.

Deleting old remotes is Easy and highly recommended whenever you are unsure who may have remotes, anytime you move into a new home, or if someone you know has a remote unlawfully.

Remotes can operate a large range of openers. For instance, Roller door remotes, tilt-a-door remotes, panel lift remotes, and even some auto gates, could possibly all use the same remote. Selecting the right remote means you could have one remote that operates different garage doors and gates without having to carry more than one remote.

If your remote is no longer working it can be due to a few reasons:

  • The battery is old and may need replacing
  • Sometimes there may be an issue with the receiver or motor
  • You may simply need a new remote if there is an internal fault

This can be diagnosed by contacting any of the knowledgeable staff at Toowoomba Locksmiths.

Security screen and Security Door Locks

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28.07.19

Security screen, commonly known as screen door locks are often the most heavily used doors in your home. Each time your main door is used the security screen is often used as well. Not only do they offer additional security to your home when locked in conjunction with your main glass or timber door but they offer the ability to secure your home while still offering fresh air to flow through.

Security screen and Security Door Locks

There are 4 main brands of security Screen door locks commonly used in the Toowoomba Region, these are Whitco, Lockwood, Doric and Austral. Toowoomba locksmiths stock a wide range of these brands for both Sliding Security Screens and Hinged Security Screens. Whitco and Lockwood are the most common and longest used brand of Security Door Locks and although are no longer manufactured in Australia are still both high quality and affordable. It is important the correct brand and model is selected to ensure smooth replacements and correct security requirements.

If your Security Screen Door Lock stops working, there can be many reasons for this. Like any mechanical item, Security Door locks are not designed to last forever however with care and servicing, you can be sure they will keep your home secure for many years. There can be many reasons why your Security Door Lock has stopped working, these can include but are not limited to:

Reasons your Security Screen Door Lock May stop working

  • Ground movement causing the lock to no longer meet its strike correctly
  • Attempted or successful break-in
  • Incorrect fitting
  • A build-up of dust or foreign objects either inside the lock
  • More commonly inside the hole in the frame of the door

If you are replacing one of your screen doors locks and want to use the same key with the new lock, this can usually be easily achieved as the cylinder can most commonly be removed from the old lock and work well in the New Security Lock.

It is easy to mistake a broken Screen Door Lock with a repairable fault. The best way to establish if you need a new security lock or if the lock can be repaired is to contact one of the Knowledgeable locksmiths at Toowoomba Locksmiths.

Why you should change locks on your house

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28.07.19

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Have you recently had concerns about the security of your house, but don’t have the funds for replacement locks?

A common misconception to house owners is that to change locks on their house, the only option is replacement locks. However, you don’t have to replace the whole lock to maintain confidence that your house is secure, simply rekey your lock cylinders.

Changing locks may seem like a large and expensive task but actually, for a knowledgeable locksmith, it is quite fast and efficient. Changing lock barrels is significantly cheaper than replacing locks as you can reuse the lock handle etc. We simply just take apart the lock, adjust and rearrange parts inside ensuring the old keys will no longer work and therefore be able to unlock the door. A new set of keys are then cut to work with the reconfigured lock on the inside.

Why you should change locks

There are several reasons why you would want to change your locks. We commonly have people contact us when they have their keys lost or stolen. Lost keys may be able to be tracked back to your property, leading to you feeling that your house and family are not secure and safe. We recommend changing locks in this situation to stop any intruders being able to possibly gain access into your property.

Why you should change locks on your house

Moving into a new house

Moving into a new house maybe another scenario why you might consider changing your lock barrels. You can never be 100% sure that previous owners and tenants have returned all the keys. Builders and subcontractors from a newly built house might be a factor as well. More commonly then not builders and subcontractors would have at some point in time, required keys into your house to perform tasks. Changing the locks will eliminate them from gaining entry later.

Unfortunately, there are also sometimes family break downs in play, with upsetting circumstances. Sometimes a broken family may have some issues where you no longer want to have a family member to have access to your house for whatever reason. Rekeying your locks will eliminate this person being able to access the property with old keys they may still have, ensuring the safety of your family.

Replacing garage remote

Don’t stress about a garage remote in the wrong hands either. A garage remote and motors can be easily reprogrammed. You can eliminate remotes that may be in the hands of someone you wish not to have access. We reprogram the motor to no longer recognise any remotes, then re-introduce the remotes possessed by the homeowner, meaning any old garage remotes that use to work that haven’t been reprogramed will no longer be able to open the garage door.

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Fire Resistant Safes Toowoomba

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11.03.16

There are 3 types of Fire Resistant Safes in the Guardall Safe range and here we will go through them so you can better identify which may meet your current and future needs for better security.

The BFG range is all rounder Fire resistant safe, it is also Grinder proof, the initials stand for Burglar, Fire, Grinder Proof, it is a robust beast and will serve to protect valuables as well as data from fire.  The cash rating it offers is a reflection of how well built this safe is, from the thickness of the walls and door, the grade of security it offers and when anchored and supported with an alarm or CCTV system you can inquire with your insurance company how that may increase the cash rating of the safe.

Fire Resistant Safes

offer a fire rating starting from 30 minutes up to 2 hours.

Toowoomba Locksmiths Guardall Safes

The next range of Fire Resistant Safes are the Data Safes, these are ideal for office/business situations where there is sensitive and valuable data that needs to be secured from theft and fire.  They offer a 1hour electronic lock fire rating, which is huge, and a 2hour data and paper fire rating for this range.

        The Guardall GD series of data safes are specially designed with a second layer of fire protection to safeguard valuable data storage devices from hazards such as moisture, humidity, heat and magnetic fields.
 

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Guardall Safes FP range Data safes are your small fire safe range, great for the home and personal documents such as passports and sensitive paperwork to be kept secure.

A house fire is over within a very short amount of time, the FP range offers a 30minute rating for fire.

guardall fire resistant safes

For Guardall Safes to be able to get the fire ratings for their safes, in the initial design phase that Guardall and any safe manufacturer has to go through is similar to this demonstration of a test.

Buying a safe is like buying a home in a way, it is something that you are not going to want to look to replace anytime soon.   So make sure you identify the core needs you are looking to satisfy with your safe and whether the one you are looking for meets your needs now and in 10-15 years time.  That is usually the lifecycle of buying a good quality safe the first time.

Speak to one of our Security Specialists to help you identify the best security solutions for your home/business.

Why You Should Ask For a Security Survey From Your Locksmith

Posted by Irene Pollak in CCTV | 7 comments

04.03.16

Security Surveys – Don't be caught out when you least expect it

If you are security conscious, you may wish for one of our Local locksmiths to visit your home or commercial premises to conduct an in depth security survey which will outline any current flaws in your lock suitability and will highlight our recommendations to improve the overall security of your premises. We can quote for a complete lock overhaul and will take care of all the installation required to fully secure your home or office or warehouse.

Crime Prevention

Crime prevention in Toowoomba is the first step to making your home or office a safer place. For residential properties that are often vacant for long periods, you need to make sure your locks can withstand an attempted break in. We will advise on the latest locking systems available to you whether manual or digital and only use the most trusted and well tested brands on the market. Security is certainly and area where you do not want to cut corners however our locksmiths will work accurately within your stated budget to provide the most cost effective solution. breakins toowoomba Offices and warehouses are quite regularly left unattended over weekends and throughout the holidays so security needs to be tight. We can offer expert advice not only on locks but also on digital security systems to best suit your needs and level of protection required. For more information on our security surveys or to book one of our experts, call us today on 07 4632 6060 or use the contact for to your right.

Lock Upgrades

You may require your locks to be upgraded or replaced for many reasons. Perhaps you have been in the unfortunate situation where your property was broken into – our local locksmith is on hand 24 hours a day and will be able to secure your premises and change your locks where required. frontdoors If you are moving to a new house, we would always advise that you get your external locks changed the day you move in. Not only for added peace of mind you are the only key holder but also to make sure the locks are up to standard and working properly – one less hassle for you to worry about during the stressful time of moving. Give our locksmith a call today and arrange to have your locks changed the day you move in, here are a few things we can do to upgrade your home security.
  • Install deadlocks on all external doors and internal door between garage and house.
    • One key for all your door and window locks.
  • Install key operated window locks.
  • Install keyed patio bolts to ranch sliders and French doors.
  • Make sure all out buildings are secure.
  • Secure valuable possessions and documents in a safe, that is secured to the wall/floor in a concealed spot in your home.

When you next get a Toowoomba locksmith to your home, ask them to have a look around your exit and entry points of your property to identify weak security points and any lock or padlock upgrades that may be needed.

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Contact us today to book your free, no obligation security survey.

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