Just Moved to a High Crime Neighbourhood? Do These Three Things Now

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Just Moved to a High Crime Neighbourhood? Do These Three Things Now

If you’ve just moved to an area with high crime rates, you might be worried. The constant wail of sirens and the stream of news reports about local crimes can create a lot of anxiety, and it’s important not to put off taking action because of fear. There are many ways that you can protect your home and family, and you’ll kick yourself if you end up being a victim of crime because you didn’t take proper precautions. These tips will help you to feel safer and more secure so you can concentrate on enjoying your new home. Install a home security system A comprehensive home security system is one of the best ways to prevent theft. A motion sensitive burglar alarm can be set up to come on every night and will be triggered the second someone enters your property. Many alarm companies will provide a visual alarm outside the property, which usually deters burglars from entering in the first place. Security lights are another great preventative measure, as most thieves will be scared off by the prospect of a bright light putting them on show. For maximum security, set up CCTV cameras both inside and outside your property. These will put off the vast majority of criminals, who won’t want to risk their face being caught on camera—especially if they’re already on record for previous crimes. Get to know your neighbours Living in a neighbourhood with a lot of crime doesn’t mean that your neighbours will be bad people—chances are they’re just like you. Getting to know your neighbours can make you feel a lot more at home, and it’s likely that they’ll feel reassured once they know you and your family. Start with a quick introduction and see where things go. If your neighbours seem friendly, you could invite them over for dinner. They’ll be able to give you tips on living in your new neighbourhood, for example, which areas to avoid at night. When you go away on holiday, you can ask your neighbours to keep an eye on your property, so there’s no risk you’ll return home to the shock of a burgled house. Check your insurance In the unfortunate event that an item is stolen from your property, you’ll want to make sure that you can replace it. Having full home and contents insurance will provide you with this peace of mind. You should check the terms of your insurance thoroughly, as there may be limitations. For example, if you don’t have adequate locks in place on all doors and windows, your insurance may not pay out in the event of a robbery. Make sure you meet all the requirements to avoid any nasty...

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4 Important Security Tips for Business Owners Who See Customers at Home

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Important Security Tips for Business Owners Who See Customers at Home

It’s becoming more and more easy to start a successful business from home. Many of those businesses will be conducted entirely over the internet, but other people will invite customers into the home. Masseuses, hair dressers, and tutors can all work from home, and they’ll usually see many people each day. One of the most important considerations for anyone looking to open a home business is security. The people who come and see you will often be strangers, so there’s a certain amount of trust that needs to be extended. Unfortunately, that trust is often be misplaced. To make sure that you aren’t robbed or harmed by a customer, you need to have a strong security system in place. Follow the tips listed below to ensure that you are protected. 1. Install a Security Camera The first thing you need to do is demonstrate to anyone who could do you harm that you take security seriously. By positioning one or two small security cameras by the door, you’ll let everybody know that you’ll be able to provide their image to the authorities if anything does go wrong. This means that they will be far less likely to take the risk. 2. Don’t Take Bookings from Blocked Numbers There are plenty of reasons why someone might call you to make a booking from a blocked number; 9 times out of 10, their reasons for doing so will be innocent. However, it’s worth remembering that one reason for calling from a blocked number is so that you won’t have their information if anything does happen. Make it clear that you won’t accept blocked calls. Having the personal number of each visitor makes it less likely that anything will happen. 3. Live Somewhere Busy This is clearly only a tip that will be applicable if you’re currently looking for a new home that has the space you need to start your home business. If you are still at this stage, make sure you look for something that will make anyone think twice about causing trouble. An un-detached house on a busy street is going to offer better security than a detached house in a quiet cul-de-sac. 4. Purchase a Personal Alarm The tips listed above will drastically reduce the chances of anything happening to you, but nothing can really wipe them out entirely. This is why you should seriously consider buying a personal alarm. These are essentially small panic buttons that can be worn as pendants or security badges. If something does happen, you can quickly press the panic button to ensure that help will arrive as soon as...

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How to Replace Security Window Screens in 3 Steps

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Replace Security Window Screens in 3 Steps

Window screens tend to be a tad costly to install in the first place. Thus, when your window screens are damaged it may also cost you a pretty penny to have them replaced. Although it is best to have security screens installed by professional contractors, you can try to save some extra money by installing these screens on your own. However, you would still be required to buy the tools that you will need as well as the materials. Therefore, if you have a steady hand, you can use the following steps to effectively replace your damaged window screens. There are several things that you would need to have beforehand. These include some new rubber edging for the replacement window screens, screen rollers, a measuring tape, new screening material and some razor knives. 1. Remove the compromised security screens The first step would be to carefully remove the damaged window screens. This is done by meticulously detaching them from the window frames. Then, you should place it on a flat hard surface. The surface should be large enough as well as strong enough to support the whole unit. Proceed to pull out the rubber edging that is on the old window screen. This rubber edging is the material that separates the screen from the frame of the window screen. Once you have taken this out, you can then proceed to pull out the damaged screening from the old window screens. 2. Take the required measurements for your replacement security screens You can now proceed to measure the amount of new screening that you will need to replace the old window screens. This new screening should be measured from the replacement material that you got for the window screens. Start by taking accurate measurements of the outer edge of the frame of the window screens. You should also ensure that you leave a substantial allowance around the measured figure. Next, lay down the screening material on the frame of the window screens. Proceed to measure the length of the rubber edging that you will need. The measurement of the rubber edging should ensure that the rubber could go all the way around the edges of the window screens. One you have this measurement, you can then cut the rubber edging. 3. Mount the new replacement security screens Get the screening rolling gadget that you had beforehand and use it to press the rubber edging into the grooves on the window screens. Do this all around the window screens until it is sandwiching the screening material in the frame. Trim all the excess screening material that may be left and then you can mount back the window...

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