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Tips to Burglar Proof the Doors in Your Home

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Ensuring your home is as secure as possible is paramount to security, preventing theft and deterring burglars. There are simple, cost-effective ways you can burglar-proof the doors in your home to achieve peace of mind and certainty about protecting to your household and family.

Preventing Theft

Install a deadlock or deadbolt

A deadlock or deadbolt is a particular type of lock that needs a key to open and close it (as opposed to a spring lock) – they are difficult to open without the specific key manufactured for the lock. These locks make doors very difficult to break into, and are best used in entry doors to properties, or every exterior door for maximum protection. They are a great deterrent to would-be thieves. You can install a deadbolt easily yourself, or contact a locksmith for an upgrade.

Digital locks, or smart locks

A digital or smart lock requires a keypad entry, remote control, fingerprint or smartphone identification to access – removing the need for a traditional key to open and close the lock. Some smart locks can even detect unusual activity and send a signal wirelessly to the owner of the home, to alert them of the occurrence or attempted break-in.

Door chains

Door chains are a simple way to reinforce security of your door – they enable the door to remain locked while a person opens it a small distance. This provides protection against unwanted guests while you are home – they are manual and easy to enact during the day or overnight while you’re in the home.

Peepholes

Traditional peepholes, usually a fish-eye lens are a great way of peeking through your door, without opening it, to assess the situation or any person outdoors. Buyers can now opt for digital peepholes – a small screen installed on the inside of your door, allowing you to see any activity outside quickly and easily.

Strengthen your door. Choose the best materials for your security doors, to give you maximum protection. Metal doors, solid wood doors or steel doors are great choices, making it harder for any burglars to enter the home or break down the door.

Remove any windows. Windows on doors are a design feature, but they can be high risk to homeowners. Burglars can see inside easily – to determine an appropriate time to enter the home. Windows can also be easily smashed, in some cases allowing easy access to the lock and quick entry into your property. A solid door without a window offers better protection.

Whatever security measures you undertake to burglar-proof your door – remember one of the simplest pieces of advice – always keep your doors locked. If you are moving into a new home, replace the locks and get new keys for your family to maintain full security. Keep your doors well-maintained, and be sure to check all your exterior doors for weaknesses or areas of improvement. Do your research and buy locks that are built to security standard, not cheaper locks that are easy to pick or break into.

Outdoor Security Camera Buyer’s Guide

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Outdoor security cameras are an optimum way to ensure protection for your household, family or business. Available as wired-in or wireless, outdoor security cameras are manufactured with a range of features and options for all budgets, providing surveillance and protection when and where you need it most.

Outdoor security cameras can be placed anywhere outside the property where you require surveillance. Common areas to monitor are driveways, entry doors (front, back and side), general walkways, large open spaces and yards. The outdoor camera feeds back to a central system within your property, where you can ensure up-to-date surveillance to suit your preferences.

Thanks to the rapid development of technology, many outdoor security camera owners can now view footage on their smartphones or tablets, within or away from a property – not just at one fixed location. A digital video recorder (DVR) generally records the footage, transmitting it over the internet to your device.

Which outdoor security camera is the best to buy?

There are a variety of outdoor security cameras to suit every need. Buyers should conduct thorough research and choose carefully, to ensure they receive the maximum protection they require with the right type of system.

Day or night cameras – will your camera be required to record footage during the day, at night, or 24 hours simultaneously? Outdoor security cameras are manufactured with a range of environmental features, including night vision, so be sure to buy for your needs – high night vision, for example may be an important factor for you.

Wide angle or dome cameras – you can choose a wide-angle security camera for maximum framing of your outdoor area. This is a great choice of camera to ensure maximum surveillance of your chosen space. Dome cameras are very common and quite discreet, generally blending into the property surroundings. These cameras come with vari-focal or fixed lenses and are easy to protect.

Pan/tilt cameras – pan or tilt cameras are often able to detect and follow movement, as opposed to offering simply a static feed of activity. This type of camera offers the buyer the ability to monitor a specific area efficiently and follow any suspicious behaviour, often giving greater warning than what a static camera can offer.

Buyers will also need to consider the outdoor environment. Will the camera be subject to harsh weather or required to sustain fluctuating temperatures? You may decide on a waterproof or weather-proof cameras to best suit your property location.

Lower cost outdoor security cameras may have less features – for example, no zoom capabilities, low resolution, and no sound recording. Higher cost cameras can offer better wi-fi transmission, higher resolution visuals and audio, and specific tracking. The budget options depends on your security preferences.

These are just some options afforded to buyers looking to maximise property protection and purchase an outdoor security camera, or an entire system to increase surveillance. As with any purchase – consider your needs, do your research and make your purchase with full confidence. Then relax, and let your outdoor cameras do the monitoring!