Tips to Prevent Burglaries

Based on recorded instances reported to police across a selection of 94 countries there were over 5,250,000 burglaries globally in 2014. Add into that any number of unreported crimes and clear under-reporting from some countries (Sierra Leone 625, Jordan 3, for example) and you get a very large figure indeed.

 

Now this may seem like a depressing statistic, but the good news is that a good deal of them could be prevented by following some simple steps. A combination of awareness, common sense and a little self-education can help you protect your home or business.

 

  1. Be overt with your solutions.

Burglars don’t like security systems and unless they’ve deliberately selected you they will move on to an easier target. Signs work as a deterrent, whether it be ‘alarm system installed’, ‘Warning: Smoke Screen’, ‘Beware of Dog’, ‘SmartWater in use’ etc. Advertising the risks will make a burglar take the path of least resistance.

 

  1. Be aware of your surroundings.

By this we mean make sure windows and doors are closed and locked when you’re not in (on all floors). Leave lights on, or have them on timers. Devices that mimic the flickering of TV screen are now readily available as well. Reduce the efficiency of their hiding places, like cropping back bushes and hedges.

 

Be aware of daytime scams as well, if someone suspicious knocks on your door, always use your door viewer and chain, ask for ID. Be polite, tell them you’re not interested and ask that they leave. If they are particularly convincing then ask them to call back later while you call the company they are representing. Be mindful of distraction techniques as well. Someone could be trying to sneak in round the back while you are busy at the front door. Feign needing your glasses or fetching a letter or the like and quickly check (and lock) the other entrances.

 

  1. Actually have a working security system.

Fake cameras and boxes with flashing LEDs are all well and good, but you run a bit of a risk that experienced criminals might be able to discern them. A loud alarm, the prospect of being on CCTV footage or getting DNA-marked is enough to stop some burglars, the opportunistic ones in particular – though you might need something a bit more hardcore to stop a really determined one. For businesses a remote monitoring system works wonders.

 

For domestic, you could install motion-activated home security cameras so you can check on your home throughout the day using your phone. Plus, you’ll receive an alert if the camera detects motion, so you can evaluate the situation immediately. Or you could just scare them witless with a security fog/strobe combo and be done with it (but we are going to say that aren’t we!) Remember to arm your system each time. And test it regularly.

 

  1. Have bright lights.

Burglars hate bright lights. The brighter the better. And noise. They don’t like loud noises either.

 

  1. Try and mix up your routine.

Be a bit unpredictable. This will totally unsettle anyone watching you or your business waiting for the opportune moment to strike. A recent study carried out in the United States suggests that most domestic robberies occur during daytime hours – between 10am and 3pm. Makes sense, most people will be at work or school reducing the chances of being seen / caught. Consider popping home for lunch some days.

 

Businesses should vary the times they make trips to the bank as well.

 

When you go on holiday make sure you ask a friend or neighbour to pop round now and again for a check, take out your rubbish etc.

 

  1. Get a dog.

Going back to point 1 for a moment, if you’ve got a ‘Beware of the Dog’ sign then why not get a dog as well. Your best friend, your security guard, your new fitness partner!

 

  1. Never hide a spare key outside.

It won’t matter if it’s under the mat, or cunningly concealed in that realistic rock. Leave one with a friend/neighbour instead.

 

  1. Use other hiding places.

Speaking of hiding, there are a whole host of affordable and effective concealment devices out there. The old faithful tin of beans, the fake plug socket. It’s worth looking into these. Burglars want to be quick, in and out in minutes, they will go for the obvious first like jewellery and cash in the master bedroom. They certainly won’t be in your food cupboard.

 

  1. Go for quality.

It may be tempting to get a security system installed on the cheap, but you’ll regret scrimping on costs. Ideally you want good quality gear that conforms to Standards, installed by accredited engineers. Then you can guarantee it will at least work when needed. Rather than niggling over price, just consider how much value you put on the following: peace of mind, protecting your family, protecting your business / staff, protecting your stock, downtime with no stock, increased insurance fees. It’s so important to get it right. Most companies offer a monthly fee so you don’t always have to worry about finding a lump sum all at once.

 

The FBI conducted some research in 2014 that concluded the average amount (dollar value) stolen in each domestic burglary (US) was $2,251 – and that doesn’t include repairs or emotional/psychological damage. Food for thought.

 

They also calculated that less than 14% of all burglaries (again US) resulted in an arrest, citing the extreme difficulty in solving this type of crime. And even if the criminal is caught, you may not get your property back.

 

The moral of this tale is that prevention is key. Stop them before they start.

 

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Burglary Prevention Tips

Whilst your home insurance covers the financial loss you suffer as a result of a break-in, nothing can protect you from the emotional trauma and shock suffered when a stranger ransacks your home and rummages through your belongings. However, there is a lot you can do to help prevent it from happening in the first place.

All External Doors

Fit five-lever mortice deadlocks (or their equivalent) to all external doors and you should lock these doors even if you are out for just a short time.

All Accessible Windows

A large number of break-ins occur through windows. Fit security locks to all accessible windows, i.e. those on the ground floor or near any drainpipes of flat roofs.

Going Out at Night

When you go out for the evening, it’s a good idea to draw the curtains and leave a light on in the living room or bedroom. Leaving the hall light on is not a good deterrent. Keep your garage/garden shed locked. Do not leave garden implements, especially ladders, lying around. They could help a thief gain access to your home.

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Locksmith Tips To Safeguard Your Home During Holiday Season

Holidays are a time to relax and rejuvenate. It’s the time to travel, party and enjoy. With friends and family getting together to enjoy some cherished moments, you’ll certainly not want to come back to a ransacked home. As a lion’s share of burglaries is carried out by opportunistic thieves, holidays give them the perfect time to be on the lookout.

So if you too are heading off on your much awaited vacation, ensure that your home is safe and well protected from unwanted intruders.

Here are a few tips and techniques to keep your property safe:

Inspect and Assess Your Locking System: Your locking system should be effective and worthy. Before leaving check the status and effectiveness of your locks. If they are flimsy and worn-out, go in for an upgrade and installation of a robust security system.

Install High-Quality Lock Gear: High quality locking system comes across as a comprehensive package. From lock and key devices to technically advanced keyless locks, security camera and alarm systems, ensure everything is in place.

Pack the Duplicate Keys Carefully: If you are planning to hide your duplicate keys in your backyard or front lawn; we strictly recommend against it. Instead you should pack and keep them safely. In case you happen to lose your master key, call in a locksmith expert to help you in.

Don’t Broadcast Your Plans: Your vacation plans, your departure and arrival date, all should be a hush-hush affair. Barring a trusted few, do not discuss your plans with others. Also, if you are too much into social networking, put up pictures and videos only once you are back from the vacation.

Check Doors and Windows Too: On the D-Day, don’t just lock and main door, check windows too. Check all possible entry points to your house and lock them properly.

Install an Alarm System: Installing an alarm system can be a great idea. In an attempt of a breakthrough, the ringing alarms will make the neighbors and passersby cautious, preventing a probable theft.

When it comes to upgrading your security system and keeping your home safe, a proficient and expert locksmith can provide you tips and suggestions to help protect and safeguard your home.

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5 Tips To Prevent A Home Burglary

It’s hard to prevent a burglar from finding their way into your home, but it always helps to be prepared. Before getting into it, please note it is not my intention to instill fear or paranoia, but rather to inform you of what burglars look for when considering which homes they view as a potential payday.

Hopefully, with these tips, you can help prevent your home from making it on that list.

Let’s start with some interesting facts about burglaries:

  • Most burglaries occur between 10AM-3PM.
  • The average amount of money stolen in a single burglary is $2,000.
  • Burglars will usually go for small yet expensive items (ex. Laptops, iPods, phones, jewelry).
  • Only about 13% of burglars get arrested.
  • The typical burglar will spend 8-10 minutes in the home.

Avoid leaving newspaper or mail outside if possible

Burglars look for left-out newspapers and mail in the mailbox. Either of these signs can tip off a burglar that the residents are not home during a specific time or are out on vacation. If you go on vacation, it would be helpful to cancel the newspaper and hold the mail or ask a friend to pick it up for you.

Keep an eye out for flyers and cards placed in the cracks of the front door

Burglars will sometimes place a fake advertisement or service card in the crack of the door. This is a good indicator as to whether or not the resident is home. It’s a good idea to grab these as soon as you see them. If you are going out of town, it is helpful to ask a neighbor or friend to grab these for you (daily) as well.

Don’t leave valuables, garage door openers or spare house keys in your car if parking outside

This one is pretty obvious, but it never hurts to mention again. Car burglaries are likely to occur at night with a car left in the driveway of a home with a garage. Some burglars will break open the window in hopes that they will find one of those 3 items. If they do find the garage door opener, they will proceed to take what they can find in the garage. While it may be a good idea to leave a car outside when leaving for vacation (to give the illusion of being home), keep in mind burglars will have tools to easily break in and search inside.

Keep an eye out for strangers

When a stranger knocks on your door offering a service, product, or asks to use the bathroom, it could be a way to scope out the home to see if it is worth burglarizing. In other words, be mindful of strangers.

Get a dog

Not only are dogs the best animals (just my opinion), but they are a great alarm system. Yes, the barking can sometimes be annoying, but they help add a sense of security and protection. Many burglars will think twice about robbing a home with a barking dog. While this may be the case at night, it is not necessarily true during the day. Most dogs are kind and easily paid off with treats by burglars when the owners aren’t around, so an actual alarm system may be the best option.

Hopefully, with these things in mind, you may prevent a potential burglar from finding a way into your home.

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Is your home smart? Start working on your network security

We are only a button away from controlling our homes or, more correctly, just a fingerprint or voice control away. Smart water valves and thermostats, home controllers, fancy door locks, switches, plugs, light bulbs, alarms and surveillance systems, baby monitors, toys, fridges and even pet feeders are among the many devices that communicate with each other via internet.

 

This communication, though, is not always encrypted, which makes room for DDoS and man-in-the-middle attacks.

 

At the top of the list for manufacturers, consumer smart devices make up a fast growing sector. Some 5.2 billion units will be in use in 2017, according to Gartner analysts, accounting for 63 percent of the total number of devices.

 

“Aside from automotive systems, the applications that will be most in use by consumers will be smart TVs and digital set-top boxes, while smart electric meters and commercial security cameras will be most in use by businesses,” said Peter Middleton, research director at Gartner.

 

The smart home is real – it’s no longer an image of the future. But how many users are aware their homes fit the pattern? Many are confused as to whether they live in a smart home and disoriented in general when talking about smart homes and the internet of things, found a recent Bitdefender study.

 

“On average, a household from the United States carries 13 smart devices or accessories,” the study says. “There are 12 in the UK and Australia, and 10 in France, Romania and Germany.”

 

This is fantastic news, except users are a bit unsure when questioned about the smart home concept. Globally speaking, users in the US and France are more up to date on the smart home concept. Still, only 30% of US smart home residents and 20% of those in France are aware they live in a smart home. Those in the UK, Romania and Australia are even less aware of their connected ecosystem, the study found. The most prevalent devices were smartphones, computers and tablets, smart TVs and wireless gaming consoles.

 

We want our coffeemaker to know when we wake up so it can have coffee ready, the pet feeder to feed for our pets while we are on vacation or for the egg holder to let us know when they are expired so we buy a new carton. Such an abundance of connected devices, however, often comes with lax security.

 

Why don’t manufacturers make IoT security a top priority instead of rushing to launch a product? Most likely because users don’t ask for it, since they don’t even know they are living in a smart home. The worst part is that they’re not looking at the bigger picture – hackers are not necessarily interested in them personally, but in what they can do with the exploited infrastructure.

 

“More people need to realize that attackers are not targeting only the device,” says Alexandru Balan, Chief Security Researcher at Bitdefender. “They look for an easy entry point into your home network, to see how they can break into other connected machines and steal any unsecured information passing through the network.”

 

Security is a top priority for Australians and Romanians, who are mostly concerned about hackers stealing their data through unsecured smart devices and then leaking it online. Other concerns at the top of the list are losing control over their devices that hackers will exploit for illicit activities such as large DDoS attacks and surveillance.

 

So how can users make their smart homes more secure? First of all, enable network encryption and always update device firmware. Software updates are extremely important so they should be performed regularly, yet users tend to neglect this aspect. As many as 42 percent of US users have never performed firmware or default software package updates. Romanians (51 percent), UK and Australian users (38 percent), Germans (27 percent) and French (34 percent) are just as negligent with their security, blaming it on lack of tech knowledge and time, says Bitdefender.

 

Besides regular updates, always use strong, unique passwords for all devices and accounts accessed through the infrastructure. Never reuse passwords! Pay close attention to the apps to make sure they are legitimate, pause the in-built camera of the devices when not in use, never click on suspicious links appearing on the smart TV and use a professional home security solution to prevent attacks and malware infection.

 

“Although manufacturers are not always quick to push security updates for known vulnerabilities, users shouldn’t postpone installing them, once available,” Balan says. “Cybercriminals often infiltrate home and corporate networks through outdated software – so, whether it is a laptop or a smart device, security updates should be installed with the same diligence by users. Administering intelligent devices within the household is a full-time job that requires energy and a new set of skills that need to be learned.”

 

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Today’s connected home security is about both safety and peace of mind

Daniel Herscovici is the SVP and GM of Comcast’s Xfinity Home. He is at the forefront of driving the transformation of the traditional home security industry with a variety of connected services that are not only enabling peace of mind, but also improved lifestyle experiences.  We sat down with him to hear how Comcast is engaging their customers in this new world.

 

Daniel Herscovici:  The home security industry is more than thirty years old.  It’s based on a simple premise: offer a local system that sounds an alarm and alerts the authorities in case of a life-threatening emergency.  The technology was pretty basic: if a wire is tripped, then it automatically triggers a phone call to a monitoring station to call the police.  The offering expanded to include making calls for an ambulance or the fire department.  Over time, that service grew to reach about twenty percent of U.S. homes, but that’s about it.

Through Xfinity Home, we’re telling consumers they should expect a whole lot more than just traditional home security service.  Connectivity to your home and your system should also be available when you’re not at home.  Whether using a smart phone or a web browser, customers should not only be able to arm and disarm their home security systems anytime, anywhere, but also see whether or not doors are opening and/or closing.  They should also have the ability to receive notifications and get updates before the police are alerted and arrive at their doorsteps.

Don’t get me wrong, today’s home security services are undoubtedly better than they were thirty years ago.  But, new IoT innovations are evolving the industry beyond life safety or emergency services.  Connected Home Security is also offering consumers more “peace of mind” experiences to check in on the things that matter most while they’re away and this is establishing an emotional connection to their homes and family while the homeowner is away.

As these capabilities become more well known, consumers are increasingly updating their services.  We’re at an inflection point just like before the introduction of the smart phone.  Back then, everyone had a flip phone because mobile phones were about making phone calls anytime, anywhere.  When smartphones launched, the initial transition was limited to early adopters, but soon accelerated.  Today, we can’t imagine life without smartphones and the apps that run on them.  I think we’re in the middle of a similar transition today.  Traditional home security is like the flip phone, but consumers are switching to smart connected home security systems that unlock so many more exciting and easy to use experiences.

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Smart door locks, fitness bands, home security cameras, oh my! 5 tips for consumers to protect themselves

Because of technology and the Internet of Things (IoT), our lives are different today than they once were and better, as a result, in so many ways.  We live in an age where one no longer needs a key to enter his/her home. Effortlessly, we can recount to our friends how many miles we have walked and calories we have burned. And we no longer have to be present to turn the lights on or off at home.

However, along with the technological advances come new unchartered waters. The same technology that makes it all possible also comes with security and privacy-related imperfections. Just as thieves could enter your home after finding the key hidden under the doormat, there are often technological ways for modern-day thieves to do the same.

Below are five practical security and privacy tips for consumers of IoT technology including fitness bands, smart home door locks, and the like:

For wearers of fitness bands, disable Bluetooth outside the home.

Because eavesdropping by others within about 100 yards may be possible, turn off Bluetooth while you are out walking, jogging and running. Turn it back on when you return home thereby allowing the fitness band to sync the data it collected with your phone.

If you are using public WiFi, don’t use your smartphone to control your home settings.

Imagine you are sitting in the airport using the free WiFi as you head out on vacation. You want to check to make sure you closed the garage door and then want to schedule when to turn your home’s lights on and off. It would be safer to switch off WiFi and use your carrier’s cellular network to do so.

For users of electronic locking systems, learn how to disable keys associated with your smart phone in case of loss or theft.

Just realized your wife lost her phone? Hopefully the maker of your door lock provides a way for you to disable the key to the front door such as by logging into its website from another device and disabling the electronic key linked to the lost device.

If the device came with a “default” password, PIN, or key code, change it.

Devices often provide default usernames, passwords, PINs, key codes, etc.  Change these as soon as you are able.  When thieves and hackers try to attack you they begin with these “low hanging fruit” before attempting more complex attacks. Would be hackers and thieves may give up and look for someone easier to attack than you.

Do your homework.

Make sure you research whether the IoT device you are purchasing offers security protections.

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