Security Mistakes That Intruders Love & How To Combat Them

Security Mistakes That Intruders Love & How To Combat Them

The thing about break-ins is that most of the time there is no warning before it happens. One day you will be out at work, to suddenly come home to your belongings scattered all over the place and precious items are missing. So, just as the scout motto goes “be prepared,” one thing you can do is treat your home as your fortress in case. Don’t let anything fall by the wayside. There are some silly mistakes that a home owner should never be caught making. These errors make it easy for the intruder to gain access to your home. In this article, I will address some of these little mistakes and what you can do to avoid them. Security Mistakes Due To DIY DIY can save you a lot of money and teach you some new skills along the way, but there are times and areas where it’s best to call a professional. Home security is one of those instances. Here are some of the silly mistakes common when people try to install home security systems themselves. Self Security System Installation As much as this would save cost, it is not a good idea to install your security system yourself. The chances are, you would end up misconnecting a wire, damaging the system or unknowingly make it inefficient. A serious intruder would check for flaws in your system. If it is not professionally installed, he would most likely find a flaw quickly and gain access to your home in no time at all. Lack Of Maintenance Many home owners don’t know how to maintain their security system. As...
Home Security Tips If You Live On The North Shore

Home Security Tips If You Live On The North Shore

In Australia, a house is broken into, every 5 minutes. The Northern suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia is not left out of this mess. So if you live or have come to stay on the North Shore of Sydney, NSW especially in the Northern Suburbs, like Mosman and Hornsby, you’ll want to make sure you have an effective security system that will ensure that your house is not broken into. Below are some security tips or measures you can take that will ensure the safety of your home and your family. Installation Of Alarm Systems There are a lot of houses that haven’t been rigged with security alarms. If your house is on this list, you need to get an alarm system installed in your home. Nowadays, there are alarm systems that will detect and warn you if you have left any door or window unlocked. Fixing this kind of system in your home will ensure that your home is safe from break-ins since it will alert the whole neighbourhood if there’s an eventual break-in. In the North Shore, you can find competent companies that make and install effective alarm systems including our local North Shore Locksmiths. With the alarm system, you have one less thing to worry about. Be Wary Of Social Media You never can tell who’s watching you, who wants to break into your house or who wants to hurt you or any member of your family. Posting when you are leaving your home on social media can cause problems for you especially if you are going to be away for an extended period...
Sydney Storm: 18 Essential Home Safety & Security Tips

Sydney Storm: 18 Essential Home Safety & Security Tips

Natural disasters, such as the storms that wrecked havoc in Sydney recently, can greatly impact your home, property and lifestyle. Large storms can be devastating. They can ruin homes and damage entire neighbours. We saw the beach front homes in Collaroy NSW get hammered by the weather and large sea swell. Home’s throughout Sydney’s Northern Beaches and beyond have been left damage, with some in danger of collapsing. So what can you do after a severe storm to make sure your home and family are safe and secure? Home Safety Tips After A Sydney Storm The first thing you should do after severe weather is to make sure you protect yourself from damaged buildings and debris. When you are assessing the damage on your property wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and covered shoes. If you need emergency assistance, call the local State Emergency Service. The NSW SES can be contacted on 132 500. If you are returning home after a natural disaster, turn all electricity and gas off before going inside. Use a torch to examine the building instead of a candle or cigarette lighter. Only turn the gas and electricity on only if you are certain there are no gas leaks or danger from electricity. When walking around your neighbourhood, beware of fallen power lines, damaged trees and flooded creeks. If you discover fallen power lines, keep yourself and your family away and call Ausgrid emergency services on 13 13 88. Has your property experience flash-flooding? If so remove any access water you can and mop soaked carpets. Be sure to clean and disinfect all wet areas. Flood...
12 Vital Steps To Avoid A Locksmith Scam

12 Vital Steps To Avoid A Locksmith Scam

Don’t know how to tell a real locksmith from a fake one? Locksmith scammers trick desperate home and car owners into overpaying for emergency services. These people are often unlicensed and unqualified. Fake locksmiths can charge up to 10 times the standard rate for rescuing lockout victims. However, their scam is easy to spot and prevent. We show you how to protect yourself against a locksmith scam. Know Ahead Of Time Who To Call Doing a small amount of research can save you a lot of money and headaches. By knowing who to call you will have peace of mind knowing that the job will be done right and you won’t be scammed. The first thing to do is to ask your neighbours and friends for names of locksmiths they have used. Always double check their ratings and comments. Sites like Yelp and Truelocal, are great sites to find out about a local locksmith. Most locksmiths show an address on their ad or website. A good idea is to try and find this address on Google or other directory listings to make sure it is a real address. It is always a good idea to ask about their prices. If the prices are unbelievability low, it could likely be a scam or has hidden costs. For example, a good ballpark figure for a lockout is usually around $105-$135 during normal working hours. Also, if the locksmiths answer their phone with a generic name such as “locksmiths services” ask for a specific business name. If the locksmith can’t give a specific registered business name then move on. Is The Locksmith...