Big thanks to your engineer Norman who responded to my call earlier today to refit a sensor on a composite door we had fitted yesterday,friendly polite and swift work by him to ensure house continued to be protected .Again shows your team at Tyneside Security are outstanding in your field of alarm installations ,would recommend to anyone to give them a ring .
May I express my gratitude and thanks to your team at Tyneside Security In order of contact from Bethany who took my initial call and to her help in the background ,to Chris who visited our home and explained what he felt was the best system to protect our property and left us feeling without doubt we had no worrys in having selected them.Tyneside Security was very professional in their survey and finally the proof of the pudding, when without undue delay the installer Mr Hunter and his 2nd in command arrived promptly and remained there all day and then spent time to explain fully how the alarm system worked which he did very well indeed making us realise we should have no doubts in recommending them to family and friends.
Leaving our house that night to attend a Christmas Meal I felt reassured and at ease knowing that should our Dwelling be visited by a those who desire to remove my goods without my permission that my alarm system would have the desired effect in in detecting their point of entry and activating my alarm making them select another house not so well protected.
With December rapidly approaching, it’s no surprise that more than 75% of Brits have now begun their Christmas shopping. In fact, over one million of us had already started our shopping as early as July! Festive spending is expected to hit a high of £29 Billion in 2015, with the average spend on gifts estimated to be around £596.
While all of this spending is great news for retailers, it’s also very welcome news to your festive burglar, whose activity increases by 20% during the darker months. So, beat the burglar this Christmas by following our Christmas Shopping tips:
INTERNET SHOPPING The convenience of online shopping makes it a ‘no-brainer’ choice for most festive shoppers this year, with around 76% of us doing all or more than half of our Christmas shopping online . Unfortunately though, this carries its own risks when it comes to security, so it’s best to be in the know and follow these simple rules for shopping online this Christmas:
RESEARCH If you’re thinking about purchasing something from a lesser-known retailer, make sure you do your research on them first. Try typing their name into Google to see what comes up, and look for reviews if you can find them. If you’re not 100% satisfied that the retailer is genuine, purchase your items elsewhere.
SECURE SITES An easy way to check if the site that you’re buying from is a secure site is to look at what’s displayed in the Address Bar. If a site is secure, you should see the prefix ‘https://’ – the ‘S’ at the end of ‘http’ shows that the site is secure. You should also be able to see a little green padlock, like this:
NETWORKS & DEVICES Whether you’re spending £1 or £1000, it’s vital that you make sure that you use a secure network and device when you’re shopping online. Disclosing your payment details via a shared network or device can leave them vulnerable to hackers.
Make sure that you never input your details through a computer, tablet or smart phone that is not specifically designated for your own private use, and never make purchases when using a shared network such as the Wi-Fi at a cafe or library.
Don’t allow websites to store your payment information, even if it might seem convenient, as this could leave them vulnerable to fraudsters. Instead, try to use PayPal if possible or pay using a Credit Card (without saving the information that you put in!) as both of these facilities offer additional layers of security for your money.
DELIVERIES Never leave a note on your door to say that you’re not going to be in for a delivery. Although this may be helpful for delivery men, it is also a good indicator for any burglars that may be targeting your home.
STORAGE After a hard day of Christmas shopping, your next thing to consider is where you can store your presents securely (and without the risk of loved ones spotting them!).
A common mistake of many festive shoppers is to store gifts in their car boot, garage or shed. Unfortunately, these are all areas that are much more vulnerable to thieves, so it’s a good starting point to make sure that your goodies are stored inside of the home.
As the big day draws ever nearer, it can be increasingly tempting to start displaying gifts under the Christmas Tree. Although this may look nice, it looks even nicer to would-be burglars who could be targeting your home. Try to resist the temptation and keep your gifts locked away safely until the last possible moment to avoid attracting any unwanted attention from burglars.
If you have a burglar alarm system installed in your home, make sure that you set it every single time that you go out, no matter how long you’re going for! Make sure that all of your doors & windows are securely locked (and that anything valuable is put away out of site), and follow this rule when you go to bed too! Having and using a reliable Intruder alarm system will provide a great visual deterrent as well as proper security coverage for your home.
AT THE SHOPS
Make sure that you purse or wallet is stored in a safe place. Never keep it in you back pocket or in an easily accessible part of your bag as this can leave it vulnerable to pick-pockets.
Spread your cash out around your person so that it is not all being stored in one place. This will decrease the damage caused if your money is stolen or lost.
Do not return to your car to drop bags off before continuing to shop as someone may see you doing this and target your car for a break-in. If you feel that you absolutely must do this, make sure that bags are securely locked in the boot of the car, with something covering them to conceal them from view. Never leave items on the seats or in foot-wells as this may act as advertisement to thieves.
Wrap up! -If you’re going to be out in the wintry weather for a while, make sure that you dress warmly in order to avoid catching colds and other illnesses. A coat, hat, scarf & gloves is essential for these cool climates!
If you’ve had a particularly successful day of Christmas shopping, you might well feel like hopping onto social media and bragging about your great bargains and purchases. Unfortunately though, modern day burglars are turning increasingly to social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter etc. to aid them in their plans.
If you’d like more advice on how to stay safe and secure this winter, or if you’d like some more information about security systems for your home, why not contact our team today? Our Security Experts are always happy to help!
Tyneside Security installs and maintains Security Systems across the North East. This includes intruder alarm systems (burglar alarms), CCTV , fire alarm systems, security lighting, access control systems and more. The first step is to organise a free survey with one of our Security Experts, who will determine your exact needs and provide you with a no-obligation quotation for your bespoke security package. Your system will then be installed by one of our experienced and Highly Reliable Engineers, who will look after your system for years to come.
Tyneside Security operates right across the North East of England including Newcastle, Sunderland, South Shields, Whitley Bay, Hexham, Morpeth, Durham, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Northumberland.
Security for Smart Homes Nowadays, all manner of electrical items and utilities can be converted into ‘smart’ devices. For the average homeowner, this means that more and more of their gadgets are now being linked into their home network, which poses a number of fantastic benefits as well as a number of things to consider.
Remote connectivity is very convenient in today’s fast paced culture, saving users time, energy and money. Unfortunately though, while people are choosing to go high-tech with everything else, they often forget to check the quality of their network security.
Consider this: if your door lock, alarm system and garage door are all linked into your broadband network, all it would take is for someone to hack into your router to access these systems! This means that smart gadgets are also highly convenient for the tech-savvy criminal, which is why it’s imperative that any ‘smart home’ is also smart about cyber security. A few things to think about are:
Make sure that any passwords used for your home network or devices are very secure. Never use the word ‘password’, and avoid using anything that would be easy to guess such as your house name or the name of a pet. You should always try to ensure that you use a variety of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and symbols when creating a password, and should never use the same password for more than one thing! You can see more tips for creating a secure password on our‘Passwords’ blog post.
Passwords are only the simplest thing that you can do to protect your router from unwanted guest users. You can also update your settings to disable guest access, and change your network name to something more cryptic so that it is not as obvious that the network belongs to you. Switching on a firewall is also a good first line of defense against would-be hackers.
The majority of the gadgets in your smart home probably came with accompanying mobile applications. It’s important that you check regularly for any available app updates and install them whenever they become available to improve the security of that system. Updates contain crucial firewall updates, bug fixes and adjustments that can significantly improve the security of the application.
Like your other devices, it’s equally important to make sure that your smartphone is protected by an appropriate password. This way, if ever you lose your phone, it will be much more difficult for someone to access your data and applications. If you have an iPhone, it’s also a good idea to enable the ‘find my iPhone’ function, to make it easier to locate your phone if it does go astray.
Being careful to secure the outside of your premises is just as important as securing the inside in what we call the ‘layered defence’ strategy.The idea is that your home is protected by a number of security ‘layers’, which start at the perimeter of your grounds.
One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to improve your perimeter security is by using warning signs such as ‘beware of the dog’ or ‘this home is alarmed’. These act as a great deterrent to would-be burglars by showing from first sight that you have taken home security precautions.
Fences and hedges act as a barrier between your home and potential intruders, so it is important to ensure that these are the right size: they need to be tall enough to ensure your security, but low enough so that they wouldn’t hide intruders from view. If you also have a gate on your perimeter, evaluate your locks to ensure that they are sufficient and aren’t vulnerable to lock picking or snapping. If the gate is automated, consider having an access control system fitted so that you can control who goes in and out of your property. Similar systems are also available for the doors to your home, meaning that you needn’t even open the door before being sure of who your caller is.
Tools & Machinery
It is important to remember that your garden tools and machinery are often dangerous and could be used by an intruder to gain entry to your home, or even as an assault weapon, making it crucial for them to be locked away securely. Ensure that they are stored securely in a shed or greenhouse with a sufficient lock fitted. You may even consider having these fitted with an alarm to further warn intruders off.
Another very valuable security asset is a Video surveillance system. CCTV or Visual Verification Systems act as a burglar deterrent and also allow you to gather evidence of any intrusions. These systems, which were once considered to be quite expensive, can now be supplied and installed at very reasonable prices with some excellent additional features such as two way communication and remote viewing.
If this sounds a bit too technical, there are some very simple ways to improve your outdoor security like making sure that your grounds are well-lit. Removing the cover of darkness takes burglars out of their comfort zone and makes your home much less likely to become a target. You can do this by using small, solar powered lights in your garden, or by having motion or dusk-dawn sensor lights fitted to the outside of your property. Anything that adds extra illumination will be very helpful for keeping burglars at bay. Coupling this with other layers of defence will improve the security of your home substantially, and continue to do so for years to come.
If you would like more information on anything mentioned in this article, or if you would like to arrange your free no-obligation survey, please contact us and we will be happy to answer any question you might have.