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How To Install an IP Camera System

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Monday, September 8th, 2014

For decades analog cameras have been the standard type surveillance camera and these cameras function well but the demand of increased video quality grew over time. Even though there have been improvements to the video quality provided by this type of camera throughout the years, they still can’t come close to the megapixel video quality that IP cameras provide. This article will explain how to install an IP camera system.

IP cameras have been around since the late 1990s, but they have just become affordable over the last 3 or 4 years. There were also some great leaps in the reliability of this type of surveillance camera system at about the same time. These two factors are a big part of why IP camera systems have become drastically more popular over the last few years.

There are a few components that you will need to be able to install this type of security camera system. A network video recorder (or NVR), IP security cameras, CAT5 cables, a router and a switch are all necessary to get this set up correctly. Once you have all the equipment that you need, you’ll need to make sure that you physically connect everything the right way. First you should connect the router to your modem. Then connect your NVR, a computer, and a switch to that router. For this purpose its best if you use a Power Over Ethernet (or POE) switch because this switch is where you’ll be connecting your IP cameras and if you use a POE switch then it will also provide power to the cameras. If you do not use a POE switch for this then you will need to power your cameras in another manner. If you connect the router to the Internet and you have everything configured correctly you will also be able to interact with your NVR from any computer in the world.

When you start connecting the NVR and IP cameras to your network you will need to make sure that each of them are assigned a unique IP address that matches your network IP scheme. Each of these devices will need to be connected one at a time (starting with the NVR) to your network. The reason for this is because all of these devices have the same default IP address and if you have two devices that are connected to the same network with the same internal IP address it will create a conflict which will stop those devices from be recognized correctly.

The next step in this process is to go to the computer in order to find out some information about your network configuration so that you can make sure that the NVR is configured to work with your network. Once you are in front of the computer you will need to click on the Windows start button and locate the field that you can type in. Next you will need to open the command prompt by typing “cmd” in this field. Once you have the command prompt open then type “ipconfig” and it will display the default gateway and subnet mask (Image 1). You will need to enter this gateway and subnet mask on the network page of the NVR by going to the main menu>setting>network. The NVR’s internal IP address will have the same first three sets of numbers as the default gateway but the last set of numbers must be unique on the network where the NVR is connected.

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IP Camera Setup Image 1

The command prompt will also help you make sure that you assign an IP address to your NVR that isn’t already in use by another device in your network. Type ping, space and then an IP address that ends with a number between 2 and 254 in the small black window (for example -ping 192.168.1.110). If you get any other response besides the one shown in Image 2 then the IP address is not in use by another device and is safe to assign to your NVR.

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IP Camera Setup Image 2

At this point in the installation process you will need to have the config tool installed on your computer. You can get this program from the CD that comes with any of the IP cameras or NVRs purchased from Techpro Security products. You can also download this program from SecurityCameraKing.com, under the downloads tab.

Once you have the config tool installed you are ready to start connecting your IP cameras one at a time. This should be done before the cameras are mounted just in case you run into issues. After you connect the first camera, go to the config tool and hit the refresh button. At this point you should see a device with an IP address of 192.168.1.108 show up in the config tool, if it has been connected correctly. Note – It may take up to 2 minutes for an IP camera to fully initialize.

You should double left click on the line with this IP address and then click on the “login” button. This will let you change the IP address, the default gateway and the subnet mask of the camera (Image 3). You’ll need to enter the network information that you found with the command prompt that was discussed previously in this article. You will also need to make sure that the last set of numbers in the IP address of the camera is unique on your network though the ping feature of the command prompt, using the same procedure that was also described above.

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IP Camera Setup Image 3

NVRs have two limited resource pools that you can’t exceed. One of these resource pools is the combination of the resolution and frames per second. The second of these pools is the combined bit rate of all your cameras. If you exceed these pools then the NVR will give you an error message and stop displaying at least some of your cameras. Because of this you will need to log into each of your cameras as they are connected and lowering the settings that deal with these resource pools below the levels that the will be working at once the installation is finished. Once all of your cameras have successfully been added to your NVR then you will raise the settings for resolution, frames per second and bit rate to the levels that you want your cameras to operate.

Now that the camera has been set up to work with your network you should connect to the camera from your computer so that you can lower the settings before adding it to your NVR. For this purpose you will need to use the 32 bit version of Internet Explorer and make the setting changes described above. Before you can log in to your camera you will need to go to tools>internet options>security tab>custom level. Once there you will need to locate two settings. They are “download signed activeX controls” and “download unsigned activeX controls” You’ll need to set both of these settings to prompt (Image 4) and then confirm the setting changes. If you are using Internet Explorer 11 for this, you will need to make an additional setting change by going to tools>compatibility view settings. Once you have this small window open add the IP address to the top portion of this window and hit the add button (as shown in Image 5), then click on the close button.

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IP Camera Setup Image 4

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IP Camera Setup Image 5

After all of these setting changes have been made in Internet Explorer then you should enter the camera’s IP address in the address bar of the browser and you will see the log in box soon after you confirm the activeX installation. Once you have logged into the camera you will need to click on Setup>Camera>Video. On this page you will need to lower the resolution to D1 and set the bit rate to the lowest option that you have available after changing the resolution (Image 6). You will also need to go to the video detect page by clicking on Event>Video Detect. On this page of the setup menus you just need to make sure that the enable box has a check mark (Image 7).

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IP Camera Setup Image 6

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IP Camera Setup Image 7

Now you have finished setting up the camera and the next step is to add it to the NVR. We’re going to talk about adding your cameras while interacting with the NVR directly but it is possible to set this portion of the installation up from a computer as well. First you will need to go to main menu then remote devices. Once you have that page open, click on the IP search button then you will see the camera’s IP address listed twice with the manufacturer for one being shown as Onvif and the other being shown as private, you should select the private one and add it to your NVR.

Now that you have one of your IP security cameras set up correctly you are ready to move on to the next one. You’ll need to begin repeating this process from the point where you connected the first camera. Once all of your cameras are up and running through the NVR then you will need to go to encode page of the NVR by clicking on main menu>setting>encode. On this page you will raise the resolution and set the frames per second to their operational settings. With most security camera installations you will not need to set all your cameras to operate at the same resolutions. The cameras that you have set up to provide overview shots will not need to have their resolutions set as high as the cameras that you want to provide you with a higher level of detail. As you’re raising the resolution levels you will eventually exceed the limited resource pool and at that point you will need to log directly in the camera using a browser and lower it a bit until you’re back inside the video processing capability of the NVR.

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How to Stream an IP Camera to a Website – Creating your own Day Care Streaming Webpage

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Day care streaming

There has been a lot of people who have asked how to stream an IP Camera to a Webpage. Well here we go!

Lets start by gathering the software and Hardware that we will need.

  1. Unreal Media Server - Free Version is fine for a few cameras.
  2. WampServer – To host your webpage [optional]
  3. WordPress [pen source website creation tool written in PHP]
  4. Computer that will run this Software
  5. IP Camera [ EL series IP Cameras]

Lets start by setting up our camera.  For this article I will be using the <http://www.securitycameraking.com/1.3-megapixel-ip-indoor-59161-prd1.html” target=”_blank”>IPOD-EL1MPIR50-W

We will be setting the camera up to monitor the front door. Keep in mind that we are just getting the camera’s feed directly from the IP camera and not from an NVR. This means that you will not be able to go back and review recorded footage, just the live feed from the Webpage.

My Camera is set to 192.168.1.164. I will go ahead and install Unreal Media Server.

RTSP URl is : rtsp://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:554/cam/realmonitor?channel=1&subtype=0&unicast=true&proto=Onvif

Replace the X’s with your Network Camera IP address

In this video you will see how to add your IP camera so that we can go from RTSP to RTMP using the Unreal Media Server and also stream it out.

What we need to do next is open some ports on your computer, in my case Windows 8.1

You will need to Allow Outbound Data from ports 5119 [Players]  and 5113 [Live Servers] on the Firewall Rules. For this you need to Open your Control Panel and navigate to Windows Firewall then click on Advanced Settings. This will open a new Window where you can add your Firewall Rules. Once you are in this new window you can add the rule by going on the left pane and clicking on “New Rule”. Then Tick the Radio Button, the one beside the “PORT” and click Next and then go and tick on the Specific remote Ports. Once you have done this, the area where you can specify the port number will allow you to add the port number that you need for Unreal Media Server. I am using the default which are the 5119 and 5113. At this point you are done with setting your Firewall Rules to allow outgoing Data from this application.

Great! We have finished these steps. Now since we are going to Host our own webpage we are going to be using Wamp Server. Wamp will allow you to Develop as well as Host your Domain name. Keep in mind that it is best to get a Domain name with a company that will allow for Dynamic IP Updates such as DYN.com. If not you will have to have your ISP give you a static IP. This is done so that the ISP will not change your IP address so when navigating to your domain/webpage your visitors do not end up in limbo as the address has changed. For example it is like setting your GPS to go to 123 Johnson street and all of a sudden your house is not there and now it is in 129 Johnson street .

Lets get started!

Download and Install Wamp onto your computer.

Open the Setup File and click next and accept the agreement. Then select where the WAMP folder will be residing. The default is fine. Tick the boxes to get your Shortcuts, click next and then install. In some cases it will ask you for the default web browser which is fine, then select your PHP mail Parameters. Default is fine, Localhost and your email address. Once you do this the application should start and if it does not, launch it using the Short Cut in your Desktop.

Once you have installed WAMP onto your computer you want to configure some settings before you can host your Web Page.

For this we will be navigating to the WAMP icon on the Tool Tray. Right-click on the icon and click on “Apache” then select “httpd.conf open”, this will open up a file.

It is easier if you choose to open it with Notepad ++. This will show the file in its structure versus notepad, as notepad might clump everything together and you end up either corrupting the file or making the wrong changes.

You want to click on your keyboard CTRL and F at the same time to open the Finder. Make sure that the file is selected and your cursor is on another application. Once you have opened up the Finder tool you want to input the following “servername”. Once you have located this on the document you want to change port 80 to 8080.

After doing this open again the Finder tool and search for “Listen”. Once you have located this, you want to find and change the line “Listen 80″ to “Listen 8080″ and also make sure that the “#” is removed. This means it is enabled.

Save the file and restart all services by clicking on the Wamp Icon on the Tool Tray. Once it has restarted, open your Web Browser and Navigate to http://localhost:8080/phpmyadmin.

Error 403 Forbidden

If it gives you the Following Error “Forbidden”, you want to go and modify a file called phpmyadmin.conf in “C:\wamp\alias”. Open it up with the notepad ++ application and make these changes.

Order Allow, D

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Simple CCTV FAQ’s

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Monday, June 2nd, 2014
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Learning about our DVR’s can help you better understand them and allow you to do the more advanced functions, but first you need to learn the basics. Not just the basics but also things that can make setting up the DVR an easier process. This article will go through basic functions like creating a new user and adding an IP camera, to more advanced functions like changing the IP of a camera and enabling tour. This article can be very useful for CCTV Dealers, Installers, and the average consumer. It helps explain simple tasks that you could only learn by digging through the User Manual or through experience of using the device.

1. Why does a DVR beep when I turn it on and how to make it stop?

The DVR has a built in speaker that emits a sound when there is an error or when it does a simple start-up. Every DVR emits a single beep when the unit does a complete start-up test and the single beep is the DVR’s way of sayings that is ready to go. There is no way of turning that sound off. Now when there is no Hard Drive or when the Hard Drive gives you an error of some sort, the DVR will start with the single beep and then also emit a short and long beep. If you want the sound to stop then you need to either press the power button 3 times or navigate trough the settings to release the alarm for the start up or turn the alarm off completely for future start-ups. To adjust it through the settings you need to go to Menu>Advanced>HDD Setting, and then hit Alarm Release; this will shut the alarm off until you restart. To shut the alarm off completely you need to go to Menu> Advanced>Abnormality, and choose to shut off alarm when there is no Hard Drive. In this menu you can also shut off other alarms.

2. How to change the IP address of a DVR/NVR and an IP Camera

Using Ethernet cables an IP Address (Internet Protocol) are how devices communicate over a network; All of our DVR/NVR’s and IP cameras work the same. Most of our IP cameras and DVR/NVR’s by default have an assigned static IP address but to use more than one device on the same network you need to adjust the IP address for each camera. To change the IP of a DVR (from the DVR) you have to go to the Main Menu>Settings, and Network. From here you can change the IP address of the Unit and specify what ports you want to use to remote in from outside the network. When choosing an IP address make sure you put the correct Subnet and Gateway. Also make sure the correct IP scheme is used for your network (192.168.1.x or 10.0.1.x). To adjust the IP of a camera you can use the Configuration tool that is provided in the CD that comes with the camera. Start the config tool and hit the refresh button to search for the camera (the default address is usually 192.168.1.108). Once found double click it and log in using the default password “admin”. You can quickly change the IP of the camera and continue to do it for every camera you add on. Just make sure you only plug one camera in at a time or you will get a IP conflict.

3. How to change the resolution of the Camera

There are many different cameras that we sell that work at different resolutions. Most of them you can adjust using your DVR but when it comes to IP, the camera does all of the work. To adjust the resolution of an analog camera you need to go to the DVR and navigate to Main Menu>Settings, and then encoding. In this menu you can not only change the resolution but also change the amount of frames, the bit rate, and change the extra stream. The reason for changing your resolution is because not all DVR’s can record at max resolution and a high frame rate. Most analog DVR’s tell you how many frames you can have per channel at max resolution. For example, out DVR-LT16480MHD can handle 16 cameras at 30 frames per second at D1 resolution and our DVR-EL16480ME can only handle 16 cameras at 7 frames per second at D1 resolution. With IP cameras the encoding is done in the camera and the NVR is just the storage. The NVR’s do have a max bandwidth they can receive so when connecting cameras to the NVR you have to do some calculations to figure out what resolution to set the camera to. You can set the resolution of the camera on though it’s own web service but for this article I will explain how to do it thought the NVR. Once you connect the camera to the NVR you can go to the Main Menu>Settings, and then Encode. From here you can adjust the resolution, frames per second, Bit Rate, and the Extra Stream for remote viewing. When calculating the resolution for all the cameras you connect to you NVR you also need to consider the Bit Rate. Doing so will help you apply more cameras to the NVR without taking to much from the picture.

This article was created to help people understand there DVR’s, NVR’s AND cameras better so you can do more with your system without having to search through the whole manual to find or call tech support and take more time out of your day. We sell our technology to help make your lives easier, not more confusing. This is the first of multiple FAQ articles that will help you understand the basics of your devices. If you have a more complex problem please call out tech support line for further explanation at 866-573-8878.

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How to Connect Cameras to an NVR

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
NVR

Here at Security Camera King we have a variety of surveillance products that can help protect a home or business from crime. The products range from DVRs and NVRs to all the connectors that are needed to connect the cameras to the systems. Setting up a surveillance system DVR, which includes Analog, HD-CVI, and HD-SDI, tends to be easier to put together. When it comes to NVRs, they are working through a network and can be difficult if you don’t know what your doing. The biggest tough spots for this system are when connecting the system to your network, connecting your cameras to your network, and adjusting the frames and resolution of all the cameras to manage bandwidth and NVR load. IP camera systems are very advanced systems and if done properly can give the highest resolution in the industry.

Setting up an NVR has many steps before it can function properly. First things first is running cable for where you want cameras. Next is mounting cameras on a building or anywhere needed. After you have all of that done you can now properly connect your NVR to your network. You need to power up the NVR with the provided power supply and attach any necessary cable such as mouse for controlling the NVR’s interface, Power cable for built-in POE, Monitor for viewing the NVR’s interface, and lastly an ethernet cable that leads back to your router or a switch connected to your network. Now depending on how you want to manage your camera whether you want it on its own network or connected to your existing one there are different ways of accomplishing your goal. Setting up the NVR for earthier style is the same you need to assign a static IP address to your NVR so that you access it locally and remotely. The way to do this is by going to the “Main Menu” on the NVR (When doing this you will be prompted for username and password which is “888888” for both), then you need to go to “Settings”, and; “Network”. This is where you enter the IP for the NVR. By default the IP should be “192.168.1.108” and the “DHCP” should be unchecked. Now you can enter an IP address, Subnet, and Gateway of your network so that it has it’s own individual address on your network. This is all you have to do to set your NVR to your network and the next step is to start connecting your cameras to your network.

With the cameras mounted and the cable running to the destination of your choice either by your NVR or a spot in the attic/roof where your switch will be you can now start connecting your cameras to your network. Before you just plug all the cameras in at once you need to know what you want to plug them into. If you are just plugging them all into the POE built-in to the NVR then you can just plug in the cameras one by one till they show up on the NVR’s interface. This is the easiest way to connect cameras because as you plug them in, the NVR self-assigns an IP address to each camera. (This is only possible with our NVR’s and the EL Model Camera). Also when connecting your cameras this way makes the cameras only manageable by the NVR. If you are connecting your cameras to a separate switch then it requires a little more work. You have to connect the cameras in one by one just like before but before you connect another one you have to change the address for the camera. You can do this 1 of 2 ways, you can change it thought the NVR (This is only possible with our NVR’s and the EL Model Camera) or you can change it on the web interface built into the camera. The easy way is to just change it with the NVR. The way to accomplish this is after the camera and the NVR are connected to the switch, you search for the camera in the “Remote Device” section from the “Main Menu” and click edit next to the camera on the network. (Default is 192.168.1.108). After that is complete just repeat with every camera you want to connect. You can also adjust your color settings in this menu so that you don’t have to login to each camera and set it to the way you want. This can come in handy when you have a lot of cameras to manage. This is the process to connect your cameras to an NVR.

Now that the cameras are connected you need to adjust some settings on them to achieve maximum power out of you NVR. All the NVRs we sell have a certain number of frames or max bandwidth that it can handle. It’s important you know what the amount is because not all of them are the same. Once you figured out what the limit is you can adjust your cameras. To do so you need to go to the “Main Menu” on the NVR, “Settings”, and “Encode”. Here you can select the camera you want and adjust the frames and the resolution you want it to record at. You may also want to adjust the “Bit Rate” but you need to know what your doing or you can diminish your video quality. To copy this to other cameras in your NVR just adjust one camera the way you want and then click “Copy” and choose which cameras you want to copy the settings to. Under the same “Settings” menu you can adjust the schedule of when your camera records and if you want it to record 24/7, motion, alarm, or all three.

Compared to DVR’s, NVR’s are more difficult to set up. Setting up the IP for the NVR so that the NVR can be accessed locally and remotely. Connecting all the cameras to the NVR one by one assigning IP address to each camera. Lastly adjusting the cameras and NVR to get the most performance out of your NVR’s. Knowing these steps will make it easier to add an NVR for your surveillance needs

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How To Find The Best Wireless Security Camera For Your Home

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Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Wireless security cameras are designed for both indoor and outdoor use. A wireless camera requires no wires between the camera and the receiver. They are easy to install and can be moved from one location to another. Wireless cameras are available in many sizes and forms. The cameras capture black and white, color and infrared images. The security system connects to any computer, television or digital video recorder for easy viewing. To find the best wireless security camera for your home, decide how many cameras you need.

If you want to monitor the entire perimeter of your home, then you will need several cameras. Consider the image quality when choosing a camera. An HDTV camera has a higher resolution and will cover a larger area than a CCTV or an IP camera. The benefit of an IP camera is the fact that you can connect multiple cameras to your digital video recorder. IP cameras can connect to the Internet providing remote viewing from any computer. An Ethernet switch provides the power and the Internet connection. HDTV cameras are useful when you need to capture clear and precise images such as license plates or faces. Today’s technology allows home security systems to be enabled or disabled by using a computer or smartphone.

To monitor the inside of your home, you can install burglar alarms on your windows and doors. Carbon monoxide, fire and flood alarms can easily be added to your home security system. Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer because it has no smell or taste. Heat detectors are useful in areas of the home such as laundry rooms, garages and other places. Fire alarms can be monitored by a security company to contact you or the fire department. Flood alarms are used to detect the presence of water or moisture in the event you have pipes that burst or leak. They also monitor moisture levels to warn you of the presence of mold and mildew. Inspect these sensors on a regular basis to prevent the buildup of dirt and debris.

Home burglar alarms are helpful because they alert you to the presence of an intruder whether you are home or not. If you choose to have your burglar system monitored by a professional security company, they can install glass break sensors on your windows. They use single or double break technology to detect glass breakage. Single break technology will trigger the alarm from the sound of glass breaking. Double break technology must hear a thumping sound followed by the sound frequency of glass breaking before the alarm is triggered. Monitored home burglar systems may have to be adjusted to prevent false alarms. Many cities have penalties for frequent false alarms. False alarms cause local law enforcement to use resources that are needed elsewhere in the city.

Emergency health response systems are a good choice for people who have health problems, the elderly or just for the peace of mind. These emergency response systems can alert local authorities to the presence of a medical emergency inside your home. Panic buttons are located on the home security system’s keypad and also by small remotes. You can choose to have the system contact you or the local emergency personnel. There are hidden indoor security cameras that can monitor your babysitter or any situation. These cameras are small and discreet and provide helpful information. They connect to a small digital video recorder and can be wired or wireless. Consult a professional home security company to determine which security system will work best in your home.

Combining a home security system with home safety tips will improve the security of you and your family. Don’t hide a key under the door mat or anywhere else near the home. This will be the first place a burglar will look. You can buy locks for your doors that require opening with your fingerprints. This is a good idea if you are constantly losing your house keys. If one of your locks on your door breaks, be sure to replace it right away. Two cylinder locks are available but they require a key to open the door from the inside and out. This can cause a hazard if there is an emergency in the home and you need to leave quickly. Install deadbolt locks on sturdy doors that lead into your home. The deadbolt should be attached to the door’s wood frame. Have a professional install your deadbolt locks if you’re not sure how to install them. Access doors into your home should be made of steel, wood or fiberglass. This will help prevent a quick entry into your home by simply kicking it. Install modern kick plates on doors leading inside your home. Hollow doors without good locks are easily kicked in by burglars.

Outdoor lighting can improve the look of your home. It also helps to deter crime. Most burglars don’t want to be seen and they like the cover of darkness. Install solar lights and motion detection sensors to lower your energy bills. If you have a privacy fence, you can add a beware of dog sign even if you don’t have a dog. Place home security signs and decals on your windows and doors to alert a possible intruder that you have security. You can also purchase fake security cameras that look like a real working home security camera. Driveway and garage sensors can be installed to detect movement. Keep the garage secured and locked at all times. Don’t leave the garage door open even when you are at home. This gives people who pass by the opportunity to stake out your garage. Lock the inside latch of your garage door with a padlock. Check your garage door remote to be sure it has rolling code technology. This technology changes your garage door code each time you enter the garage. If you must replace your garage door, choose one without windows to prevent a burglar from seeing if there is a car parked in the garage.

When you have a home security system installed, be sure to keep it activated even when you are at home. Many people either don’t turn it on when they are home, or they forget to activate it when they leave. The key to protecting your family and home is to use the alarm system. It only takes an intruder a few minutes to enter your home and steal your possessions. Most burglars are looking for items that can be sold at the local pawn shop. Be sure to have your driver’s license number engraved on your expensive electronics. The burglar won’t be able to sell your items very easy. Keep curtains and drapes closed so they don’t reveal your home’s contents. Install sensors on all of the windows of your home. If an intruder tries to enter through the windows, an audible alarm will sound. This could be enough to send the burglar to another home.

Store your valuable jewelry, cash and weapons in a locked safe or a safe deposit box. If you purchase a safe for your home, you don’t want a burglar to be able to carry it out. Have it bolted to the floor, or be sure it is too heavy to be carried easily. The outdoor storage shed should be kept locked at all times. Installing electronic gates will help to keep a burglar out of your backyard. If you have a privacy fence, a burglar can get into the backyard and remain invisible to the neighbors. Get to know all of your neighbors in your neighborhood. Join your local crime watch program or start a new one. Most law enforcement agencies have crime prevention programs that you can join. Learn about the crime risk in your area. When you go on vacation, notify a neighbor to watch your property. Install timers for the inside lights of your home. This will make your home look like someone is home even when they’re not. If everyone in the neighborhood becomes familiar with who should or shouldn’t be there, then the community is safer. Most burglars will park down the street before walking up to your home. Neighborhood watch programs teach people to report suspicious vehicles.

Apartment and condo residents have the same security needs as anyone living in a single-family home. When you move into an apartment or condo, have the maintenance staff change the locks. You don’t know whether the old tenants still have a key or not. Getting to know your neighbors is important. Report any suspicious people or activities to the neighborhood’s security team or local law enforcement. Reinforce sliding glass doors with a wooden bar, and never leave your doors unlocked. Purchase renters insurance to cover your possessions in case they are stolen. Don’t go to the laundromat at night, and be sure the apartment’s parking areas are well-lit. Ask the staff if you are allowed to install a security system in your apartment. Call a professional burglar alarm service to install the security system.

When you purchase new electronics don’t put the boxes out with the regular trash. This will alert a possible thief to the fact that you have this item. Break the boxes down and place them in plastic garbage bags. Online social media sites are a great way to show family and friends your vacation photos. They can also be a tool for an intruder to know that you’re out of town or when you will be leaving. It’s hard to imagine but the risk is still there. Take care about who you tell about your vacation plans. Leave a spare key with a trusted neighbor or family member. Have them check on your property while you are away. They can pick up your mail, newspapers and any flyers attached to your door. It would be ideal for them to open the drapes in the morning and close them at night. You can also ask your neighbor to park their vehicle in your driveway. You want to convey the message that someone is at home.

If you are selling your home without the use of a real estate agent, there are a few security precautions you should keep in mind. Show your home by appointment only. Don’t set an appointment to show your home when you are alone. When you decide to have an open house, clear the rooms of valuables and electronics. It’s best to sell a home with a minimum amount of personal possessions. If you use a real estate agent and they want to place a virtual tour of your home on their website, then be sure there are no expensive items or electronics in view. Some criminals check these out to choose a property to burglarize later when no one is home. If you are buying a new home, have the locks changed as soon as possible.

A safe room is a room that is reinforced with a lot of concrete and steel. They are used for emergencies such as bad weather or a home intrusion. Adding a safe room to your home will improve your home’s security plan. Keep bottled water, snacks and a cellphone in your safe room. A phone that is connected to a land line is also helpful to phone the authorities from inside the safe room. A land line phone will give your home address to local law enforcement agencies just by dialing 911. If an intruder enters your home, you can run to the safe room. Teach family members about home security safety tips and the use of the safe room. Search the Internet to learn more about installing a safe room in your home. There are many ways you can improve the security of your home. When you combine many security techniques they become a powerful deterrent for an intruder. If you make your home difficult to enter, and you have outdoor surveillance equipment, an intruder may decide to go to another home.

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