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How to Keep Surveillance System on Your Home or Work with A Mobile Phone

May 2, 2010

Camera surveillance systems brought a great improvement to our lives and home security systems when they came in. Before the invent of such surveillance security systems, there was no way we could actually keep a check on what is happening at home or at work. It is recorded by the FBI that burglary happens every 8 seconds and everyone is at the mercy of these burglars who never announce when they will be coming in.

Today, you do not have to worry so much about keeping a watch on your home or on your employees because of the ease that camera surveillance systems have brought. I wonder what detectives and the police will do without it. It even gets a lot better today, you can keep a surveillance on what is happening in your home or at work by installing a surveillance system that you can monitor on your mobile phone. The truth is, it is impossible for you to carry a computer with you everywhere you go and even if you do, you will not be watching the surveillance system on the computer while driving. It would not be easy and that is why mobile phone surveillance is a whole lot better when it comes to keeping in touch with what is happening both at home or at work. Wherever you are, whether you are driving or in the train or while you are even waiting for the bus at the bus station, you can check in at home or at work by just looking in your mobile phone and there you are watching it all live.

This way you will be well informed and can prevent theft, you can watch your employees, you can keep an eye on the care giver of your children, nothing actually slips through your hands, and you are well informed when you have such a tool in your hands. These cell phone or mobile phone surveillance systems are much more affordable and easy to use. You will be able to monitor multiple webcams on your mobile phone so nothing is missing. Don’t wait till you are under threat before you think about getting this done, you don’t have to be a victim before you learn your lessons.

Don’t You Like Automatic Gates

April 30, 2010

Appeal to automatize equipment has become, in the life of the contemporary people, impossible to live without. Accepted or not, beyond what the enemies of this reality will say, this technology accelerates considerably any process or procedure. In this writings we prepare to treat the topic as how the automatize  technology has been able to apply his favors to – neither more nor less -important thing, the gateway.

The gates are, in essence everywhere. Nevertheless, not so clearly anymore, all the gates/gates are not the same. It is not the same to install a gate/gate that is known they are going to pass thru thousands of persons every day, to install the door of a small apartment. Every gate is, actually, as always, to a specific case. And it is so, from the already above mentioned example, before referring to every item of an automatic door in particular, that we’ll like to show what the basic requisites are to think about the installation of an automatic door.

It will be seen that, actually, the conclusion of this problem is a very simple thing: The installation of an automatic gate is only justified in pros of, first, the need to improve the traffic of people (with or without vehicles) to a certain place, or second, the need to maximize the safety. This way, to sum up, the class of gates that we talk about exist, in essence, to guarantee the good circulation and the safety of people. Let’s see every case.

1.  Garage Automatic Gates: It is the most common use of the technology that we treat. It’s application is already, in almost the whole world, a clear need. The reasons that justify having a automatic garage door are simple,  the better circulation and security. Nobody will  deny that, in a day of heavy rain for example, getting off the car to open the garage gate is a real discomfort.

The installation of an automatic garage door eliminates the discomfort of getting wet when it rains. By pressing a button the garage automatic gate is opened ” by itself ” and you’ll only have to park your vehicle. For what it does to the safety factor it is , perhaps much better. Having to descend from the car to open  the  garage gate implies being vulnerable to a possible assailants’ move. That scenario is not an option with a good  automatic door opener installed; using different technologies (that will be overview later on) you will be able to handle the garage gate without having to stop driving. The options that the market offers nowadays for this type of gates are innumerable. Both the aesthetic thing and the functional one are perfectly respected values in this type of installation.

2. Industrial automatic gates: Usually installed in the big factories and platforms of load. They allow a better traffic, in addition to the workers and chauffeurs, of the totality of the materials and goods, accelerating and enhancing the logistic of any space of industrial manufacture. They are, from the newly above mentioned thing, an impassable need of the sector.

3. Commercial automatic doors: The automatic doors of the commercial title are, first of all, linked with the need to improve the circulation of the clients. We refer to this business, galleries or shopping malls that are visited constantly by a multitude. The most ordinary of all options is that one who incorporate a sensor,  so when the client get close to the door, it is acknowledge by the proximity and engage the mechanism to open, once the client has gone away, and if nobody else is willing to enter or to go out anymore, the gate closes automatically.

But automatic doors openers are not now days any type of innovation. To wrap up the present article we want to announce some technologies (already present on the market) that compose clearly an interesting innovation.

Home security with Barbed Wire Fencing

April 30, 2010

When you own a property and you have animals and a family to protect, it is important that you have adequate security fencing surrounding the area in order to keep out all of the unwanted visitors. For some, the unwanted visitors will include predators that can harm your livestock, for others, the unwanted visitors will include trespassers. Either way, a strong fence that will deter both humans and animals from entering your property, can be achieved with the use of a top quality barbed wire fencing.

Barbed wires are wires that have sharp edges or points arranged at regular intervals. This wire, although dangerous if you were to get yourself entangled in it, is extremely effective as a security measure. This type of fencing is very affordable and can also be easy to install as well. There are professionals that can install it for you, or you could try to give it a go yourself in order to save even more money. If you were thinking about constructing the fence yourself you will definitely need protective clothing and an extremely hardy pair of gloves. A cut from this type of wire can travel quite deeply under the skin, so you will also need to make sure that your children, or your friends children, are educated in some safety issues in regards to the fence and the potential danger.

Barbed wire fencing is used for cattle and for fences in hilly country areas, and in some extreme cases, even around houses and businesses that need protecting. Wooden posts are normally kept between for support. For agriculture you can have soft wire or high tensile wires, this tensile wire is thinner but the quality of steel is very good so that the livestock or any trespassing person cannot stretch the wire to make it loosen. There are occasions where you may be repairing sections of your current fence and you can use barbed wire during this time to maintain your security whilst you are conducting your repairs.

Many prisons make use of these fences, even in the top security prisons and this is the perfect demonstration of just how effective it is in keeping what you want in, and keeping what you don’t want in, out. These types of fences are also extremely difficult to climb, simply for the fact that it would be almost impossible to climb without sustaining some kind of injury.

When you are close to your barbed wire fencing, or your family members are, it is really important not to get too close, especially if you are wearing loose and flowing clothing. Your clothing can become tangled in the wires and they will rip.
Regular fencing checks are needed in order to fix repairs immediately if they arise. Having a fault in the fence or a loose fence post will make your security measures redundant. There may be times when you will need to replace individual wires, or it could be the case that you need to replace a post. Either way, you are not going to be able to keep the unwanted things out when your fence is faulty and in need of repair.

Home Security Lights

April 30, 2010

Unfortunately, in this day and age, you can never be too careful when it comes to home security and the safety of your family. The world isn’t what it used to be, and with these changes we have to make changes and adjustments ourselves. Many families have opted to install a home alarm system
in order to feel more secure. Choosing a home security system can be overwhelming. You have to pick the company, the features, the coverage, and the equipment. It can be a lot of information, but it is important to read up on the options out there, so you can make an informed decision about what your best option is. One of the more popular pieces of home security equipment is home security lights. This article will give you the facts about security lights so you can decide if this type of equipment might be right for you.

What? Home security lights are outdoor lights that are used at night to illuminate your home. There are many different kinds of security lights. Different kinds offer different types of bulbs. Some are equipped with halogen bulbs, while others use LED light. Some are wired into your home, and others also offer solar powered functioning. They can also vary in terms of brightness and size. Security lights almost seem like they are too simple of a security concept. It’s just a light, after all. But if you think like an intruder, the last thing you want when you are going somewhere you shouldn’t be going is a giant, bright light shining down on you and identifying you to the entire neighborhood.

Where? Security lights are generally used outdoors. They can be placed anywhere the resident chooses. Some of the most popular locations are front and back doors, and garages. It depends on your need. If you have a tool shed or a guest house in your backyard, this might be the perfect place for a security light.

When? Most security lights are equipped with motion detectors that cause the light to go on when any movement is detected. This is ideal if the security lights that you have chosen are particularly bright. You want to be safe, but you also don’t want to have an eye sore in your neighborhood. Motion detectors can also help with the electricity bill since you won’t have to pay to have the porch light on 10 hours a day. Although motion sensors are quite popular, there are people who opt to have their security lights on all the time. This is also an option, if you so choose.

Who? Security lights don’t discriminate, so whether you’re a neighbor out for a late night stroll, a teenager coming home from a night out with friends, or an intruder with bad intentions, if you trip up the motion detectors the security lights are going to come on.

Home security lights can be a great supplement to a home security system, but if you really want to feel secure, security lights should be just one feature in your system.

A Reason To Get An Electric Garage Door

April 30, 2010

Are you tired of having to get out of your automobile just to open or close the garage door?  Are you fed up with having to open or close the garage door for someone else?  Well, either way, the solution for you may be electric garage door openers.  These are motorised devices that attach to your garage door and open and close it with only a push of a button.  It saves a bit of time, a fair bit of effort, and a lot of hassle for you.  These can make going out and coming back home so much smoother and more comfortable.

That’s not to say that you can only install an electric garage door opener in your home.  You can install them in your workplace garage, or even have these automatic marvels in an industrial setting.  They will minimize times waiting for people to open the doors, and improve efficiency.

You can use your old door or get a new garage door along with your new electric garage door opener.  Because of the variety of configurations and sizes, it is possible to find the system that suits your needs and wants.  You can have a door that opens forward and out, or pulls up, or even rolls up, depending on the type you choose.  Because the mechanical components of electric garage door openers stand independent of the actual doors, they can be attached to existing garage doors.  Even an ages-old garage can be modernised with these mechanical marvels.

Now you might be wondering what happens when the power goes out.  Any contemporary electric garage door opener is built to automatically provide a secure lock when the power goes out, so no one can force their way in.  At the same time, these systems are equipped with emergency release mechanisms, which allow the door to be opened or closed manually when the need arises.

Most electric garage door opener models are operated by either a control panel mounted on a wall inside the garage or by a remote control unit that the driver of the vehicle carries on his or her person.  It is also possible to activate the door via optional biometric fingerprint readers, as well as over the Internet using secure protocols.  The only thing that you need to do to ensure the security of these methods is to keep your remotes, keys, and passwords away from prying eyes,  which you are already doing, anyway.

The garage door is the single largest moving object in the home, or at least in most homes.  Anyway, considering the heft of these objects, you might be concerned about safety.  Not to worry, most current models are equipped with automatic cut-off systems.  The electric garage door openers will suspend operation and go to default positions if an impact or obstruction along an integrated infrared beam is detected.  Some of these safety features count as extras, so make sure to ask! An electric garage door opener is convenient, secure, and safe plus there is always something nice about having

A Safety Tips For Pet Owners

April 27, 2010

As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to keep your home safe and secure. Especially if you have small children in the house, you must take extra home security precautions and measures. While most people are careful to keep their children out of harm’s way, some forget the importance of keeping pets safe. If you have pets in your home, you must take certain steps to make sure your home is not a hazardous place for them. While pet proofing is not nearly as involved as child proofing, it is still incredibly important. Your pets are apart of your family and they rely on you to keep them safe. The average household contains countless hazards that can harm your pets, so take the time to make your environment safe for them, Here are some tips for making sure your home is safe and hospitable for your pets.

-Make sure you cover all chords and electrical outlets in your home. Most electrical stores sell outlet covers that are intended to protect children, but these are perfectly sufficient for protecting your pets as well. Animals like to chew at anything they can, including electrical outlets that are extremely hazardous to them, so don’t’ forget to take this important pet-proofing step. Also be sure to hide all chords, because these are a tempting target for your pets to chew are also very dangerous.

1. Place any small objects : toys or potential choking hazards out of your pet’s reach. Dogs and cats especially love to pick up objects that they find around the house, but many of these present a serious safety concern. Keep your floors clear and check for objects that are on shelves or surfaces that your pet can access. If you want to give your pet toys to play with, make sure they are pet friendly. Stuffed animals are a safe bet and they enjoy playing with these very much.

2. Do not keep poisonous plants in the house : Many people are not aware of it, but common household plants can be extremely harmful to pets if they are ingested. A notable plant that is dangerous to your pets is poinsettia, commonly seen in homes around the holidays. Other poisonous plants include Rhododendron, Daffodils, Geraniums and German Ivy. It is a common problem that pets consume these plants and become very ill or even die, so be sure to keep them out of your home.

3. Even if you have pets in your home : you can and should still have a reliable home alarm system. Many people do not invest in a system because they are afraid that their pets will set it off, but this is not necessarily the case. Older systems with sensor technology were often not able to detect the difference between an animal and a burglar, causing a lot of unnecessary false alarms. Newer systems are able to make this distinction, and so it is important to research systems before moving forward with an installation. It is in the best interest of your entire family to keep your home equipped with a home alarm, so do not let the presence of your pets prevent you from setting up a system. Keeping your home protected by a system is part of keeping your pets safe, so do not over look this.

Tips Basic Safety Measure For Your Apartment

April 27, 2010

Whether you’re looking at buying a new house or renting an apartment, home security is always one of the most important aspects to consider.  While apartments are often harder to break in to, taking precautions to provide the safest environment possible is still important.  Whether there is a security guard at the entrance or your building or not, you can never assume that your home will be safe at all times.  After you have taken the time and carefully chosen the best neighborhood for your needs, here are some tips for extra precaution to keep your apartment safe.

1. Change the Locks : When you move into a new place, it is very important that you replace the locks.  You never know who has a copy of the old keys, so changing the locks is a must.  When buying new locks, make sure that the lock is durable and cannot be easily picked.  Furthermore, deadbolt locks are an inexpensive addition to your doors that is very effective in deterring intruders.

Whether you are inside the home or not, make sure that your doors are locked at all times.  In addition, make sure that the locks for your windows are well made and secure at all times.  Just because you are home doesn’t mean that you do not have to worry about unwanted intruders.

2. Don’t let strangers in your home :  If you have a buzzer entry system in your apartment, you will be able to better monitor who enters and exits the apartment complex.  Before allowing somebody to enter, make sure you are 100% certain of who they are.  The best type of buzzer system includes a security camera that helps you with further identification.  If there is no security system with your apartment building, make sure you use your peep hole to verify who is at your door.  Opening the door for strangers can lead to great danger, but can easily be avoided.

3.  Keep an eye out when walking from your car to your apartment building :  When you are leaving or entering your apartment, be sure to always be aware of your surroundings and any suspicious activity.  Have the keys to your apartment or car easily accessible to avoid danger that may be present while looking for your keys.  Avoid dark areas or any other places where suspicious activity may occur.  When deciding on an apartment complex, make sure that the parking lots, stairs/hallways and entrances are well lit at all hours of the day.

4. Make friends with your neighbors : Having a good relationship with your neighbors will only benefit you.  The safest neighborhoods are the ones where everyone works together to keep the area safe.  If you lend a helping hand to your neighbors, they’ll surely be more than willing to do the same for you.

5.  Get renter’s insurance :  Last but not least, make sure you have renter’s insurance if you are going to rent an apartment.  For a small price, you can protect your valuables even if you are robbed.

Home Security During Your Summer Vacation

April 24, 2010

Summer is a time when we all relax a little and enjoy a more laid back lifestyle. The weather is hotter, the days are longer and everyone’s mood seems to be a little more upbeat. It is also a time when many of go on vacation, which is often something we look forward to all year. Whether you are planning a big exotic trip or just your annual summer getaway, you don’t want anything spoiling this week or so that you have to take a break from work and spend some time with your family.

Unfortunately, summer is also a time when home burglaries are quite common, as many intruders choose to strike when homeowners are out of town. This means that just because you may be feeling more relaxed in the summer, you cannot afford to ease up on home security. You should not be afraid to go on vacation, but in order to ensure that your home is safe and secure while you are gone, you must take some precautions before you leave. Many of the things that you must do to prepare to go on vacation seem like they are common sense, but you would be surprised just how many homes are burglarized every year because their owners failed to follow some easy steps. Here are some important tips for preparing your home for when you are away on summer vacation:

1. Perhaps most importantly, be sure to install a home alarm system if you do not already have one. An alarm is your best bet to deter potential intruders and it will be able to leave town knowing that your home is protected. If you do not have an alarm, be sure to do your homework before settling on a system. You must take stock of your home’s security needs, as there are many different alarms on the market and not all are appropriate for every property. If you have a fairly large home, you may considering going with a system that offers 24 hour monitoring, is this will ensure that your home is being carefully watched while you are away. The alarm company can tell you if anything looks suspicious, and they can also immediately alert the police if need be.

2. Aside from installing a home security system, it is also a good idea to alert a trustworthy neighbor that you will be out of town. A neighbor can keep an eye on your house and can make sure that nothing looks out of the ordinary, Make sure you give them the contact information for where they can reach you while you’re away, and also tell them exactly how long you will be gone for. Knowing that someone you trust is keeping an eye on your house will most certainly help you rest assured while you are on vacation.

3. Before you leave, you must also remember to temporarily cancel your newspaper subscription and have the post office put a hold on your mail. This may seem like a hassle, but nothing alerts a potential burglar that a homeowner is out of town quite like a driveway full of newspapers and a mailbox full of mail. You can continuing having them delivered as soon as you get back, and you will ultimately be glad that you took the time to take this important precaution.

Direction For Your Home Security System

April 24, 2010

Seeing ahead is important in all areas of life.  Without a good amount of foresight, you’ll find yourself spinning your wheels, going nowhere.  This principle certainly applies to home security systems.  If you haven’t looked ahead and seen which direction you ought to take with your alarm and safety apparatus, you’re going to leave your property vulnerable to break-ins.  Since this failure would have terrible consequences, you need to look ahead.  Here are five ways to do it.

1. Get the latest on criminal technology

Criminals are like any other group of professionals.  While they might not have a union or other professional designation, they certainly have trade secrets and methods of sharing advanced information.  If you want to know the latest on the criminal intelligence front, do some research and contact a local police or sheriff’s office for some information.  This type of thinking will lead in the right direction in terms of your home security plan.

2. Phase out the old

Some of the older contraptions in your security system may have become painfully out of date.  Whether it’s the window break sensor that goes off when a glass breaks in a television show or a motion sensor that goes haywire every time your dog strolls by, you’ve got to get rid of the outmoded technology.  Talk to your home security system provider to find out what is the best solution for these devices.  Once you get things replaced, you’ll feel a lot better about things.

3. Utilize the resources available to you

Whether you know it or not, there’s a lot you can do with your cell phone or internet connection.  For one, with the right setup, you can control the motion sensors and other devices on your home security system.  For another, you can watch the footage being taken by surveillance cameras.  If you are out of the house a lot and want to guarantee your security plan is in order, these resources will prove to be invaluable.

4. Plan for a robbery

Assuming the worst case scenario is smart on a number of levels.  You’ll be able to limit the damage if something goes wrong, as you’ll already know what you might lose.  To keep your valuables out of sight, utilize a safe or a safety deposit box in your local bank.  Even if a thief is some sort of master safe cracker, he’ll need a good deal of time to pull it off – time which won’t be available with your home alarm system ringing out of control.

5. Get back to basics

In the course of looking ahead, you might neglect the basics of any sound security plan.  Make sure your locks are all in order and your windows have adequate reinforcements in place.  As for further details, keep your yard work in order so as not to allow for any one to get access to your home easily.

Home Security Window Bars

April 23, 2010

The world we live in today can be a scary and dangerous place. Your home is the one place where you should always feel safe and secure. For that feeling of safety and security many people take steps to protect their homes and their families by installing various security devices. One simple and low cost way to get some peace of mind is to install window bars. Window bars are exactly what they sound like, a set of bars back to when the window frame to help keep intruders out.

Home security window bars are inexpensive and easy to install. Many sets of window bars available on the market today have a locking mechanism so that intruders can’t get in but you can unlock it if you need to get out through that window in case of an emergency.Window bars are also a good thing to have if you have small children. These bars allow you to have the window open without worrying about a child falling out of the window.

The downside to window bars are that many don’t have any easy to use release mechanism. If there is a fire or some other emergency it may not always be easy to find a key to unlock the bars and the bars would then blocked a potential escape route. In the case of a fire, the window bars could possibly block an entry point for firefighters. If you do choose to use window bars for home security, look for an option that does have an easy quick to release mechanism.

Preferably a release mechanism that would be easy to use in an emergency and yet something that a child would not be able to release themselves. Home security window bars may be an inexpensive option but should only be one part of a larger home security plan.

To protect your home and your family you should include other components as well such as outdoor lights turned on by motion detectors and possibly a burglar alarm system. There are many things that you can do to protect your home and family and there are a lot of inexpensive home security options available today. A thief is always going to look for the easiest target so anything you can do to make your house more difficult to break into will make your house that much less appealing to a potential thief and they are more likely to move onto an easier target.