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Top 5 Christmas Shopping Tips

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1)      Never keep your wallet in your back pocket, as this can leave it vulnerable to thieves & pick-pockets.

2)      Always make sure that your bag is properly zipped up and that any side-pockets are facing inwards, rather than away from you. This will help to keep your belongings secure.

3)      Whenever possible, do not return to your car to drop bags off before continuing to shop. If you feel that you absolutely must do this, always make sure that bags are securely locked in the boot of the car, with a parcel shelf or other cover concealing them from view. Items of value should never be left on a car seat or foot-well in view of passers-by, as this may act as advertisement to an opportunist thief.

4)      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!

5)      Don’t carry large sums of money with you while shopping, and always try your best to be discreet when handling cash so that it’s not spotted by any potential thieves.

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Bad Weather & Your Home Security System

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It’s been nearly impossible to avoid news stories about the up-coming ‘weather bomb’ this week, and home owners across the country have been stocking up on rock salt and de-icer in preparation for the winter weather approaching. One thing that sometimes doesn’t get enough consideration though is how it may affect your home security system. For example:

Older Systems – If your alarm system is aged it may be possible that extreme colds, heavy wind and rain can cause false alarm activations or equipment faults. This can occur for a number of reasons, but is usually due to equipment on older systems not being as sturdy or already being weathered.  If you’re concerned that the age of your alarm system may cause you problems this winter, now could be the perfect time to arrange a home security survey.

Power Supplies – For systems young and old alike, bad weather can cause disruptions in the form of power cuts. If  short -lived, these can be relatively harmless to your system, provided that there is a back-up battery in place. However, if there isn’t a back-up in place, or if the back-up battery fails, this can cause your system to go into a tamper fault. It is always best practice to ensure that you have a back-up battery fitted, and to have your system regularly maintained.

Vibration Sensors – Any good intruder alarm system should include vibration or ‘shock’ detectors, fitted to windows & doors so that the alarm will activate if a window is broken or forced open. During stormy weather, these can sometimes cause false alarm activations due to the force of the wind and rain hitting the surface. This type of false alarm is rare, but something to bare in mind if your system does activate during a storm.

If you do have a false activation due to bad weather, our number one piece of advice is don’t panic! Our team of security experts are always on hand to help in any way that we can, with engineers on-call 24 hours a day. Many problems can be resolved over the phone, and there are often short-term solutions that can be put in place before the arrives.

If you’d like the help of a Reliable Security Expert, get in touch with our Office Team by calling 0191 270 0808, or email us at info@tynesidesecurity.co.uk.
We’d love to hear from you!

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Festive Security tips: Stay Safe & Secure This Christmas!

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The count-down to Christmas has officially begun and Christmas shopping season is well under way. Many homes are stacked high with hidden gifts in preparation for the celebrations, boasting both high sentimental and monetary value.

At this time of year it can be very easy to be lulled into a false sense of security, but unfortunately burglars don’t take time off for the holidays. Instead they are more likely to take advantage of our trusting natures, spotting opportunities for crime wherever they arise. Therefore, it is crucial that we never let our guards down where security is concerned, regardless of the time of year. 

Luckily, there are a number of measures that you can take to improve your home security and protect yourself from becoming a victim, and you’ll be able to find them right here on our website in the run up to Christmas. So, without further ado, here’s the first of our festive tips: 

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IFSEC’s Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2014

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For the second year running we’ve been shortlisted for Installer Of The Year at IFSEC’s Security & Fire Excellence Awards!

The Security & Fire Excellence Awards, dubbed equivalent to ‘The Oscars’ in the security & fire industries, is a black tie event featuring dinner, special guests and a much anticipated awards ceremony. Of the hundreds of companies that applied from accross the UK, each category has been whittled down to just 8 finalists, with Tyneside Security as the only installer representing the North East! Chris, Neil and Andrew are heading to London’s Hilton Park Lane Hotel on Thursday 27th November to attend the prestigious event, and to hopefully take away the trophy!

Fingers crossed!

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Passwords – Protect Yourself!

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Detective sloothingAfter recent discoveries of intrusive websites showing private CCTV imagery from around the world, we’re taking time to re-enforce how important it is to protect yourself and your systems by using secure passwords.

Like a lot of electrical appliances and online applications, your security system may require a username and password so that you can access it when away from home/work. If your system does allow for this functionality, it is crucial that usernames and passwords are changed from their default setting. Otherwise, your password may be very easy to figure out, leaving your system and premises vulnerable to hackers and burglars.

There are a number of ways that you can improve the security of your passwords: 

  • Never use the word ‘password’ as your password.
  • Include both upper case (EXAMPLE) and lower case (example), as well as keyboard symbols ($*!%£+@^#).
  • Don’t use a word that may be easy for someone to guess such as your name or the name of a child/pet.
  • Use letter replacement symbols and numbers to make your password even more difficult to guess  (3x4mpl£!)
  • Never write your password down.
  • Use a different password for each time you sign up for something. Do not use the same password for everything.
  • Renew your password at least every 6 months as a precaution.

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