A surveillance system can be much more than just a CCTV camera. You may want to record sound as well as video and this may be with overt cameras or covert cameras. Covert cameras can be hidden in many places at home or in businesses. You could station them to monitor particular people such as employees you don’t trust or to monitor certain points: such as the stationary cupboard to stop thefts or the staff room to keep an eye on staff taking liberties with long breaks.read more
What do your employees get up to while they are working and what do other people get up to when no one is working? Your offices or other business premises have a lot going on that you can’t see and whether it is a theft or employees not working it costs you and your business money.read more
Both work places and homes can be made safer with CCTV, just how safe perhaps depends on the system.
CCTV can be overt or covert: either on show as a deterrent or hidden away. Hidden CCTV is sometimes inadmissible in court mind you especially if used against employees who weren’t aware they were being filmed. CCTV that is overt though is ideal for deterring criminals. Often CCTV cameras are made bigger than they need to be just so they are noticeable and you may want to put up signs as well to tell would be thieves that CCTV is in use. At home CCTV will in most cases see thieves move on to another property. With a business of course thieves are often after something specific.read more
No technology will do as good a job as good locks and solid windows and doors but technology can make your home even safer and no lock is completely foolproof.
CCTV is just one technology that you can use in your home to both deter and then catch thieves. CCTV prices are less than a good alarm system and the latest systems have some clever features. CCTV deters thieves of course meaning they will usually move on to another home without CCTV. CCTV also lets you see who has broken into your home and hopefully means they will be caught. By combining CCTV with Internet and mobile technology you can monitor your home or business in real time from any location using your mobile or laptop. Not only you but also security companies can monitor CCTV and a local security company can then respond if you are not at home. Of course to save watching your CCTV constantly get alerts if you alarm has been set off and then check if it is a false alarm or time to call the police. Now in this situation when your alarm goes off usually by the time anyway gets there it is too late and the thief’s have gone. What though if rather than the alarm going off when they have got into your home or business it goes off when they start tampering with doors and locks. This way they will either leave or may still be picking a lock when security or cops arrive.
Many homes have security loopholes without realizing it, you may think that your home is totally secure but a criminal may find ways in. The best person to how you how a criminal would approach your home though would be a locksmith. Locksmiths are security experts and can give you an idea of problems with your security arrangements and what you can change. One common problem is with back and side doors: these often have poor quality locks for a start which may need changing and also the door and frame may need changing. Even with a solid side or back door if they are secluded thieves can take their time getting into them, and likewise with secluded windows for that matter. What you need therefore is security lighting for these areas. The security lighting will be infrared triggered and will instantly put off a thief who otherwise could hide in shadows and take their time. Security lights also as thieves know often arouse the suspicion of the inhabitants of a home and of their neighbors. Another way to solve this problem and an inherent problem in many home security systems is to have tamper proof locks. These are common on cars but not so much on homes. These locks will sound an alarm as soon as a thief starts trying to get into a property and so will usually put them off before they even gain entry. If a thief gets in and an alarm only then goes off they will still grab what they can with these alarms they will have no chance.read more
Don’t assume that a locksmith just unpicks and replaces locks. Some locksmiths do specialize such as emergency locksmiths who are mainly about getting you into your property or securing your property: though this may include problems with alarm systems as well as locks. Locksmiths generally deal with all elements of home security though and a good locksmith will be able to turn your home into more of a fort with a mixture of the latest technology and simply their knowledge of how criminals work and what loopholes you may have in your home that you haven’t thought of.read more
In an emergency where you need a locksmith you will often be stuck outside, hence the reason for needing a locksmith. If this is the case of course it can add to the problems of finding a locksmith. If you are inside: perhaps unable to lock a door behind you, then you can use the Internet or a telephone directory to find local emergency locksmiths: you may even get two or more quotes. If you are stuck outside with any luck you have a cell phone with you, if you do then you can either call a friend with the internet or directory services for a number or two, better still though would be someone you knows has recently had to use an emergency locksmith themselves who they can hopefully recommend or maybe tell you to avoid. If you have no phone with you a neighbor may be an option or you could find a callbox with a directory in to find a number or two, they probably won’t even remind you reversing the charges as it gets them work.read more
Getting locked out of your home is very easy to do, most of all perhaps when you pop out and a door swings shut and locks behind you. You may need to get back into your home quickly, especially if you have children inside or appliances such as gas fires and cookers left on. Many residential locksmiths can come out to you in as little as 15 minutes or half an hour in urban and suburban locations. They will be able to get you into your home whatever the problem, this includes if your keys are inside but also they can make new keys for you if you have lost yours or if the key has snapped off in the lock, which with many keys happens eventually. In a real emergency a locksmith can get you in within a couple of minutes by drilling through or forcing the lock. If you have a little more time though they can pick the lock usually and open your home without damaging anything. If you do have to have your locks drilled through or damaged or if it is a faulty lock that has left you stuck outside to begin with locksmiths can change your locks as well. This includes fitting similar locks or upgrading to new locks for better security or which won’t lock when the door slams behind you.read more
An emergency when you need a locksmith could equally be when you need to lock a lock or unlock it. It may be that you are locked out of your home of business and need to get in quickly but it may also be that you need to make a property secure and can’t wait around.read more