Have you ever captured a burglary or suspicious activity on your doorbell camera? Doorbell cameras are a great way to capture suspicious activity not only outside of your own home but also your view of the street you live in.
Below are steps you can take if your cameras records a crime.
1. Call The Police
You should report any crime you capture on your doorbell camera, such as a break in or vandalism to the police immediately.
The evidence captured can help bring a criminal to justice.
2. Don’t Post Images Or Videos On Social Media
With social media platforms being so popular many people share all different aspects of their lives with a few simple clicks of a button. Its now easy to integrate CCTV with our smartphones meaning doorbell camera footage can be shared too.
If your doorbell camera has captured a criminal at work you could be tempted to share the images or footage online. Do not share anywhere. A criminal investigation can become complicated if you share footage publicly before notifying the police. Without a proper investigation taking place to ascertain physical evidence you could be at risk of retaliation or a lawsuit if the person was found to be not guilty.
3. Make Sure Your Doorbell Is Secure
Home security is costly and a good doorbell camera could set you back hundreds. Thieves know the value of them and if your system is not secured properly your camera could be stolen.
To prevent your camera from being stolen you should consider the following tips:
﮲Up network security; a hacker could gain access to your home through your home network. You should consider setting up anti-virus software to reduce this risk.
﮲Secure with a case; secure your doorbell camera with a locked case.
More than a third of home burglaries occur without any forced entry. This means 1 out of 3 burglaries could be prevented if homeowners shut windows and locked doors.
Below outlines security solutions you could use to secure entry points in your home.
1. Window Security
Criminals can gain access to your home through open windows, even first floor windows.
Follow these steps to secure your windows:
﮲Check window locks work properly; make sure handles can’t be moved in locked position.
﮲Install window sensors; hook them up to your mobile app to receive instant notifications of triggered sensors.
﮲Cover windows; make the inside of your home private from prying eyes by installing curtains and blinds.
﮲Trim shrubbery around windows; make sure there are no hiding spots for robbers near windows.
2. Door Security
A burglar can enter your home through your front, back or side doors. Its paramount that not only your front door is secure.
﮲Lock all doors; even the back and side doors must be locked. Its easy for burglars to jump fencing.
﮲Install video surveillance cameras; install cameras above doors as an instant deterrent to burglars.
﮲Install smart locks; receive mobile notifications if doors are locked or unlocked in your absence.
﮲Install monitored alarms, a security centre will receive notifications and be able to send help if an alarm is triggered.
2. Garage Security
Garage doors are another entry point for burglars as they can gain access into the main part of your home.
﮲Install remote access control; close and lock your garage if you forget even when you are not there.
﮲Install video surveillance cameras; install cameras above your garage door as an instant deterrent to burglars.
﮲Lock the internal door; make sure the door connected to your home inside the garage is locked.
﮲Connect surveillance to your phone app, be notified when the door is opened or see live camera footage.
We can’t always be at home. Modern life means most of the time we are away, working, socialising and travelling.
If you, like many people are constantly on the go, you need a reliable security system.
1. Mobile Integrated Solutions
Having a security system that can connect to mobile apps is a must for on the go homeowners. They offer convenience and flexibility within hectic modern lifestyles.
When using a smart phone app connected to your security system you can:
﮲Seamlessly control your security system; protect your home whilst you are away by arming and disarming your system.
﮲Monitor live video; log in and watch your system live.
﮲Lower your energy bills; control your heating, lights and locks.
﮲Talk live through your camera; if you are away you can talk live to delivery man or unknown individuals as if you were in.
2. Monitored Alarms
Monitored alarms systems are crucial for any homeowner. They respond to alerts for you, keeping you and your family safe. This is how they work in emergency situations;
﮲An alarm is triggered at your property which projects audible sound, this alerts occupants of an emergency.
﮲An emergency signal with event specifics is sent to a call center, operators are available 24/7.
﮲A call center operator calls you, to confirm if the alarm is real.
﮲Help is dispatched, if the alarm is real then help is sent to your property immediately.
Mobile apps can notify you instantly of any alarms triggered at your property. This includes burglar alarms, fire alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Wherever you may be make sure you stay connected to your security system on the go.
Burglaries are on the rise. An increase of 11% last year on the previous year and continues to rise (Office For National Statistics UK). You must ensure you have a working home security system that is maintained regularly.
Use our maintenance checklist guide to ensure the smooth running of your system.
1. Test Control Panel Regularly
Its often easy to get caught up in the grind of life and forget about important tasks. Try to organise regular checks as part of your normal routine to avoid any costly repairs or system faults.
If you are unsure on how to perform control panel tests or need a system maintenance check then get in contact with us, 1st Ace Security, for advice.
2. Check All Batteries
An easy way to maintain continuous function is to regularly check the batteries on your system equipment.
This could include;
Better Home Security This Spring With Top Cleaning Tips
Spring is just around the corner. This is the time of year when everyone decides to have that much needed spring clean!
If you have a security system within your home then spring cleaning is more than just removing clutter from your home, your system will need cleaning too.
Below we detail indoor and outdoor cleaning tips for your home this spring for better home security function.
1. Home Security Outdoors
Home security starts with the security on the outside of your property. You should consider these tips when spring cleaning this year:
﮲ Examine your outdoor security cameras; Winter weather can damage outdoor security cameras. Ensure you clean the lenses of any dirt or water marks and ensure there no cable damage.
﮲ Check outdoor security lighting; Check all battery operated lighting and bulbs incase replacements are needed.
﮲ Maintain the home landscaping; Ensure any overgrown bushes are trimmed back as these can be potential hiding places for intruders. Also check any security gates are intact and working correctly.
﮲ Make your door number clearly visible; Make sure your front door number can be seen from the roadside for emergency responders.
2. Home Security Indoors
Once your homes exterior is checked and secured its time to think about the interior.
﮲Clean your security equipment; Remove any dust and dirt from lenses and cable entrances.
﮲Check batteries on smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms; Fires within the home can be fatal. Its important to take measures to alert of fire or carbon monoxide.
﮲Check window and door locks; If any locks are loose then tighten or replace them.
3. Test Your Entire Security System
You should regularly test your home security system for any faults and ensure any necessary updates are carried out. Every security system will be different depending on the model and set up but within the menu functions should be the option to test the security system. This will detect any faults within its operation. Remember to contact 1st Ace Security if you have any questions regarding your system with us.
Ways to Tell If Your Home Security System is Not Working Properly
Homeowners feel safer and more comfortable with a security system in place. If your home security system stops working, you could potentially be at risk.
Having a faulty home security system leaves you, your family, your property and possessions at risk from harm and danger. Listed below are some indications that your home security system may be faulty.
If you can hear continuous bleeping from your home security system, you may have one of the following issues that needs maintenance:
– Reset your security system then press the status button on your control panel. – Replace the current batteries with a new set.
– Your wiring may be corroding, use a voltmeter to determine if this is happening.
Experiencing False Alarm’s
False Alarm’s can be another indicator that your home security system is not working as it should. There are several factors that can result in this, here are a possible few:
– Poor power supply or low batteries. – Damage to circuits and wiring.
– Inadequate user training.
– Human Error.
To avoid false alarms and keep your home security system running smoothly, it is advisable to perform regular maintenance, which includes updating the system software and codes.
If you keep experiencing false alarms, contact your home security system supplier and request a full maintenance check.
This will be the most obvious indication that your system is not working and is experiencing a system failure, once all the necessary steps to correct the system have taken place and all threats have gone undetected, this would indicate that you may have a faulty security system or equipment.
It is always advised that you preform regular tests, testing your home security system will vary depending on which make and model your control panel is.
If you have any concerns, always contact your home security system provider for a scheduled maintenance appointment.
3 Ways To Avoid Being Locked Out Of Your Home This Winter
Many people have experienced being locked out of their homes. In the winter weather being locked out can be even more dangerous in the freezing temperatures.
1. Make Sure A Trusted Person Has Spare Keys
Can you rely on trusted neighbours or friends to keep a set of keys for you? They can be your point of help if you get locked out. Another benefit can be to check on your property whilst you are away on holiday.
2. Keep A Spare Key In Your Car
This method will only work if you have access to your car during a lock out. Consider keeping your house and car keys on separate keychains to avoid this situation. If you do decide to keep your spare key in your car then keep it hidden from view. You should also keep any personal letters that contain your home address away from your vehicle.
3. Install Smart Locks
Consider installing smart locks to prevent a lock out. This will eliminate the need for key entry as you can access your home remotely via smartphone or tablet application. This adds a layer of protection when you are away from your home. If you ever needed someone to access your home you can unlock and lock the property remotely without ever needing to give them a key.
What Are The Potential Dangers Of Facial Recognition Technology?
Facial recognition used to only be seen in science fiction movies. With the advance in technology bringing this once fantasy idea to reality, we now see facial recognition features in our everyday lives. From social media auto photo tagging recognition to smart phone unlocking, government and medical applications, facial recognition technology is at the forefront of technological advancement.
1. What Is Facial Recognition?
Facial recognition is similar to other forms of bio metric technology. It uses a computer to recognise data and match it. Similar to fingerprint technology and voice recognition.
2. How Is This Technology Used?
You may have noticed when you use social media, specifically Facebook, that when you upload a photo of people it will auto suggest who these people are and suggests named tags for you to add. This is a prime example of facial recognition technology. Due to this amazing advancement this software can now be used to track criminals captured on CCTV or camera in public places.
Apple now uses either fingerprint recognition technology to unlock iPhones or facial recognition, meaning your devices are now so much more secure than previous years.
3. Is The Technology Safe?
Facial recognition is advanced but there is still a long way to go in terms of fool proofing the security. Facial recognition on phones can be confused with users wearing scarves, hat or sunglasses.
The security can also be hacked. An example of this was a Vietnamese security company that managed to enter through the facial recognition lock using a 3D printed mask.
3. What Can Be Done To Strengthen The Security Of This Technology?
To ensure your data and privacy is safe when using new technology there are a few things you can do.
– Add 2 step verification
You can implement 2 factor authentication on many log ins. This prompts you to sign in but you would need to use 2 different types of sign in methods to pass security. For example, you could use your facial recognition log in as 1st authentication and then a security code as 2nd authentication. This could be sent to the mobile device attached to your account as 2nd authentication.
– Don’t connect to public Wi-Fi Public Wi-Fi connections are not secure. Make sure to disable automatic connections within your Wi-Fi settings.
– Install Anti-Virus Software to Devices Make sure you have up to date anti-virus software on your computer and devices.
Autumn is soon approaching. With the change in the weather meaning darker nights at earlier times. All of these changes can correlate with changing security concerns.
Below we outline how you can prepare your house and security this Autumn.
1. Your Garden
Something you may not have considered is the fact a potential burglar may target your home based on the design of the garden. If the front of your house is hidden by bushes these can make it easy for a thieve to hide or sneak in undetected.
A few useful tips to protect from break ins: – Reduce landscaping that blocks neighbours view. You may like the privacy it provides but your neighbours are a second pair of eyes to look out for signs of trouble.
– Neaten up and trim down bushes especially ones blocking the view of your front door and window.
2. New School Schedule
September marks the beginning of the new school year which means your family may be going through a change of schedule. As an example children are getting home from school before parents finish work. If your home doesn’t have a security system in place consider purchasing one. Homes with no visible security systems are more likely to become targets for burglars. To make things easier for everyone in the household you can install the security app to your phone. By doing this you will be able to:
– Watch your security camera live meaning you can double check when they are home safe.
– Adjust the temperature on your heating so you can warm up the house before the family return.
– Lock and unlock doors for your children so you know they are safe.
3. Change In Weather
As the days get colder going into the winter months you’ll more than likely be using appliances that use natural gas to heat up your home. These types of appliances increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Leaking boilers or furnaces are one of the top causes of carbon monoxide poisoning each year. You could consider a security system that incorporates carbon monoxide detectors. At the same time include energy management systems to keep track of your energy usage, spend and carbon footprint.
Juggling work, housework and school runs is hard work. When you feel your children are old enough to walk home from school alone your stress is only maximised by worry. You want your children to be safe at all times. Many working parents are unable to get back for school pick up times with standard finish times for work in the UK being around 5pm. Teaching your children about security will mean they can stay safe until parents get home.
After School Routine
– Go straight home.
– If out with friends ensure they know to stay close to home. – Install smart-locks if you are not ready to give your child a set of keys. You can unlock and lock the door remotely for them.
– Remind them to never open the door to strangers, no matter who the person says they may be. You could install doorbell cameras so you can see who is at the door and speak directly to the person, as if you were home. Operating The Alarm System
– Remember when installing certain features of your security system to place within reach of your child, for example the keypad to arm and disarm the alarm. It will need to be out of sight of the window so the code input cannot be seen by potential intruders.
– Set up your system to sync notifications to your mobile phone so you can be reassured when you child arrives home safely.
– Test the alarm with your children and show them how to disarm it if needed.
Knowing What To Do If There Is A Break In
You must discuss with your child what should happen if there is a break in, especially if you are not present.
– Dial 999. Children must know the procedure for calling emergency services.
– Can your child recall your address details for the police? Make sure they know.
– A safe space. Locate a safe space for your child to wait until the police arrive.
– Locate entry and exit points to evacuate.
– Get your neighbours phone number so your child can call them in an emergency for help.
Monitored security with instant alerts is one of the safest forms of home security.