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Driveway Alarm Systems

Driveway/perimeter security systems are an often overlooked home security feature that gets neglected even in the best of home security plans. Not only do you get the added security of knowing whenever someone approaches your home, an added side benefit of having a driveway/perimeter alarm system is reducing the chances you’ll ever miss another delivery man again!

In a nutshell, a driveway security system consists of a detection device, a transmitter, and a receiver. Most older detection devices are motion detectors, much like on motion-sensitive security lights, but many newer models now feature infrared detection. Many models now also feature two-way voice communication, so that you can query any unexpected visitors, and/or scare off unwanted intruders. (Intercoms)

The sensitivity and range of driveway alarm systems varies with price and sophistication. Less expensive models generally have a range of 150m to 300m, while deluxe driveway security systems may have a range of up to several miles. Notification may be via a chime on your in-house receiver,  a txt meassage or page to your cell phone. The most advanced models include an intercom system, by means of which you can communicate with whomever is trying to enter your property.

Outdoor security sytems are not just for use as driveway security systems. Even though they are commonly known as wireless driveway alarm systems, there are many other uses for this technology. They can be installed in your yard, on your roof, or nearly any strategic location around your property. Regardless of placement, the main purpose is to alert you when there is any type of movement on your property, suggesting someone is there.

Any time you install an outdoor security or alarm system, you need to conceal it a bit, so it is out of plain view. The element of surprise gives you an added measure of protection against intruders, and you may not want even your legitimate guests to know you are using any type of outdoor surveillance.

Wireless driveway alarm systems are a great additional security measure for any homeowner wanting protection or at least alerting to unexpected visitors. Most outdoor surveillance systems can be installed easily even in do it yourself tradition, although professional installation is also available. You may even want to add motion-sensitive lights and a wireless security camera to give yourself one of the most complete outdoor or driveway security systems available.

Mechanical Home Security Devices

Mechanical home security devices come in a variety of forms, and can enhance a self installed home security system, or in some cases may even take the place of it. Every homeowner should consider mechanical home security, and tenants should look for it before signing a lease. At the very least, consider deadbolt locks, and, if you live in a high-crime area, home window security bars.

Deadbolt locks are among the most common of mechanical home security devices. And for relatively cheaply this simple mechanical home security device can and should be your first line of defense. For added peace of mind, we can also install a peephole in your door and/or a chain lock, so you can investigate anyone who comes to your door without giving them an easy way in.

Home window security bars (burglar bars) aren’t all that attractive, but can be a highly effective deterrent, especially in high crime areas. You can install them yourself, but for best results, you should probably consult a professional. Be sure that any burglar bar system that you have installed has an easy means of release from the inside, in case you need to evacuate your home in a fire or other natural disaster, or even escape from an intruder. Your home window security bars are meant to keep burglars out, not keep you in!

Security Laminate applied to windows and patio doors is a relatively new innovation that many people don’t know about. The laminate, which is a thin, clear plastic film, is applied much like the solar window films commonly used to darken windows on cars and some home windows. Once applied, the window security laminate prevents a window from shattering, even it it is broken with a baseball bat or similar burglary tool.

Outdoor Motion-Sensitive Lights are another great mechanical home security device that we can easily install for you. The idea is simple – unwanted approach to your property triggers the motion sensor, which in turn will light up the surrounding area, often scaring off an intruder. Burglars and home invaders thrive on darkness – bring them into the light!

Landscaping and Shrubbery are one of the simpler and often overlooked mechanical home security devices. Why? Well, the more open your landscaping, the less concealment it offers to a burglar, peeping tom, or someone casing your home. In addition, installing low, thorny bushes, or even cactus, below your windows will make it very unpleasant for any intruder attempting to gain entry. The less convenient your home is as a burglary target, the less likely it will be invaded.

Steel or solid core doors are another of the often overlooked mechanical home security devices that can easily be installed yourself at a cost of only a few hundred dollars. Hollow core doors are easy to break through, but a solid core or even metal door is all but impossible to easily break or kick down, especially if you combine it with a solid frame, reinforced strike plates, and deadbolt locks.

Fences and Security Gates are among the most common mechanical home security devices in use by owners of large properties, but can also be used even by the average homeowner. The fence itself makes entry and exit to your property inconvenient for an intruder, and a security gate allows you to screen anyone who wants to come into your yard or home openly.

Using Home Security Camera Systems

Home security cameras systems offer affordable protection for your family, property, and belongings. We can install wired and wireless home security cameras systems to record and monitor all activity in both the interior and exterior areas of your home. We have many home video camera systems and are available in several prices ranges to address varying security needs. We can even switch the cameras to veiw from your smart phone!

Home security cameras systems feature anywhere from one to as many as sixteen cameras and come in both wired and wireless setups. These cameras record in true Colour during the day and switch to hi Resolution black and white pictures at night. For professional grade surveillance systems, we have cameras available that offer very high resolution for the sharpest, clearest footage.

Most people choose home security cameras systems utilizing several cameras and monitoring takes place via a DVR (digital video recorder) which records hi quality footage for up to 90 days. These can be veiwed over your home network or even over a series of channels viewable on your TV. A remote control, allows such things as zoom, and wide-angle views, and switching channels. When you are away from home, we can set up access to your security cameras so you can veiw them via computer or your smart phone.

Home security cameras systems are not just to protect against intruders. They can also be used to monitor care givers, babysitters, housekeepers or tradesmen working at your property. Use of security cameras in child care facilities is also a growing trend, allowing parents to see what their children are doing at any time by simply logging on to the system via computer, and giving parents an added sense of security when leaving their children in day care.

Wireless home security cameras are a recent high-tech addition to the world of home security systems. Wireless cameras allow you to monitor any location where cabling may not have been an option.

 Home security camera systems can serve many useful purposes, and with the increasingly wide range of product options, high-tech surveillance is easier and more affordable than ever! Ring us now for your free quote. 07 3491080


Home Security Systems

Home security systems (burglar alarms) and personal safety are a primary concern of many of today’s homeowners. A house is a major investment that many people want to protect, as well as protecting both personal property and loved ones from things like burglary, theft, and home invasion.

Luckily, there are now available a variety of effective burglar alarm systems and home security systems to protect yourself, your home and your property. 

In the “good old days”, and even until recently in most parts of New Zealand, many people did not even lock their doors or windows. It’s a different world now, a world where many people don’t feel safe. We all need to look after our own home security.

Ring us now for your free security appraisal and a customised solution for your property. You may be surprised at how little it actually costs! 07 3491080

Home Security Checklist

Protecting homes is a primary concern of many homeowners today. With rising crime rates and criminals becoming more clever by the day, you need to think ahead. However, you need not become a statistic. Having a home security checklist can help you have a safer, more secure home. Add your own ideas to our home security tips to come up with a complete home security checklist.

Think Like an Intruder

Burglars and potential intruders want three things. They want to get in and out fast, they don’t want to be observed, and they don’t want any trouble or interruptions. In short, they want an easy target, so your first line of defense is to not give it to them. If they see your home is not easy pickings, chances are they will go elsewhere.

First on your home security checklist to protect your home and family should be understanding how burglars and prowlers operate. Most home invasions for burglary happen during the day while residents are at work. Since many people are away from home for large blocks of time on weekdays, burglars see this as “prime time” to break in. Having an alarm system is probably the best defence against daytime burglary.

Since most of your neighbours will probably be at work or school as well, there’s a higher probability of burglars entering and escaping the home unseen during the day. Summer is naturally a more popular time for burglars to break in than is winter, since many families take extended holidays during the summer, leaving their homes vulnerable. When you go away, be sure to stop the newspaper and mail delivery and set up some interior lights to come on and off at random times. Leaving a radio or television set on is also a good deterrent, even if you’re just away for the day. Some people set them on timers so they will go on and off randomly in different rooms throughout the day and evening.

Look for Natural Hiding Places

Trees and shrubbery may accent your landscaping, but they can also make ideal hiding places for burglars and prowlers. If your home features lots of outdoor foliage, it’s wise to not only reduce the amount of cover, but also install motion-sensitive security lighting. Also consider trimming shrubbery beneath around windows, and/or plant some thorny bushes to make approaching a window difficult. A burglar does not want to be seen at work – don’t give him the opportunity to take advantage of darkness or natural camouflage.

Install Deadbolt Locks

One of the best deterrents against burglary is sturdy door and window locks, especially deadbolts. Consider securing doors with not only a high-quality deadbolt lock, but also a security chain latch that will allow you to open the door a crack without compromising your security. We can even install a peep hole for you. To prevent wooden doors , especially hollow core doors, from being broken or kicked in, install a heavy duty strike plate, and reinforce the frame. If your exterior doors have windows, or are near windows, use a keyed deadbolt for the interior lock, rather than a simple throw deadbolt on the inside. For windows, use high quality locks, and don’t forget secondary locks on patio doors.

Secure Windows and Patio Doors

Even if you don’t want to use exterior “burglar bars”, you can still protect your windows with the application of a security laminate, which is a thin plastic film that prevents windows from shattering, and is extremely difficult to penetrate. Once applied, the security laminate bonds to the glass, effectively preventing entry by simply breaking a window. You may also want to install “charlie bars” to brace sliding patio doors, and/or use simple “track locks” which are applied to the frame of a sliding window or door, preventing it being opened more than a small way.

Provide Deterrents

There’s nothing a burglar hates more than a noisy dog or screaming alarm system. They also hate motion-sensitive floodlights that come on and alert the world to his presence. If money is tight, we can quote you to install window stickers, maybe a fake external siren and a set of security lights. We even have “Beware of the dog” signs. Ring us now 07 3491080

Invest in a Home Security Alarm System

Home security systems are an effective means of preventing a burglary, or stopping one in progress. These systems are turned on and off with a numerical keypad or a key ring remote. If an intruder attempts to gain entry to your home, a piercing/shrill siren will sound inside and outside your home. Having an alarm helps your neighbours help you. We can also connect your alarm to our monitoring station. Our 24/7 operators will act on your instructions calling you and other contacts and we can even send a guard to check your home is OK.  For your free security appraisal, advise and customised quote for your home, ring 07 3491080 now.

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