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How to view your surveillance system over multiple TV’s

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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Man Watching Security SystemSo you got yourself a Security Camera System and you have your DVR setup either in your bedroom or in the garage and every time you have company or hear a noise outside your home you have to pull out that mobile device and run an application or go where your DVR is located to view those cameras, Here is the solution to that problem so you can view these cameras in all your TV’s just by going to a specific channel on any TV in your home, now you aren’t going to have the ability to change any settings but having the image in all your TV’s gives you peace of mind and it’s a simple shortcut that saves time since you aren’t going to have access to your mobile phone at all times or have the ability to go to the DVR’s monitor. You can also view it in your kitchen while you are cooking as long as the TV is connected to the same system either on a satellite system or a cable system.

What you will need

Satellite TV System

  • Perfect Vision PVDP2 Diplexer Dual Satellite Dish TV Antenna Combiner (PVDP2) Note* Any Satellite Diplexer should work, Perfect Vision Diplexer is prefered
  • Any RF Modulator
  • BNC to Video connector

Cable TV System

  • Any RF Modulator
  • BNC to Video connector

Adapter (Optional)

  • “Y” RCA Splitter / Adapter RCA Splitter

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Systems:

Setting up your Satellite TV System

Note* this is for Dish Network System. Some Satellite systems have a switch that has an Antenna input if you are able to provide power and install the RF modulator in a weatherproof box you can do so without the need to add 2x Diplexers for each TV. Consult with your system manual. Illustration 6 shows this type of connection.

Sample system is a Dish Network System (Dual Tuner receiver with agile modulated output) Notice this system serves 2 TV’s.

Back of Dish Network Receiver

Connections:

Find the lines that come from the LNB to the satellite receiver. NOTE* many of these have a switch connected from the Dish LNB that goes to all the splitters or diplexers .

Tap into the line that goes from the Satellite Switch in this case a Dp Plus 44 Switch see Illustration 1, without the Dp Switch see Illustration 2, it is the purple line marked SAT. Connect the sat cable “purple line in illustration” into line in, then the other side of this cable connect the line into the sat in/out. Make sure these connections are like the ones in illustration 3, there is a current going through this line and it could backfeed into the RF Modulator causing it to malfunction or in worst case scenario rendering the RF Modulator useless as it would burn up the internal components.

Illustration 1: With a DP Switch

DP switch

Illustration 2: Without a DP Switch

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Illustration 3: Rf Modulator to Diplexer

RF Modulator to Diplexer

Illustration 3 shows the connection required from the RF Modulator to the diplexer which is injecting an RF Signal to the existing line.

Setting up your Adapter

Adapter is optional and it will only work in single channel mode, meaning one channel has to be in full screen for that one channel Adapter to work unless the Adapter is tapped from the microphone to the DVR using a ”Y” splitter Adapter cable. No Adapter connection is needed at the receiver end since it will be added to the RF Signal . See Illustration 4 for the cable needed.

Illustration 4

audio adapter

Illustration 5

connections to dish receiver

Connecting the Satellite Receiver is very simple, on Illustration 5 connect SAT Cable from the first diplexer we already installed to the top in/out ‘A” on the diplexer after that connection is made connect the antenna to the TV in/out on the diplexer “C” and finally connect “B” Sat in/out to the Sat in on the Satellite receiver.

Once you have done this you are done when it comes to making all connections the rest is done via the on screen settings in your receiver.

Searching for your local channels after the connections are made

Power up your Satellite Receiver and go to the Menu by pressing the menu button in your remote then select option 6 which is “System Setup” , go to option 8 “local Channels” on the new window select local channels , select “Scan Locals” your receiver will now scan your local channels , the local channels that the receiver found will not be displayed on the left of the screen. You can highlight each channels to see the channel strength after that you can hit “DONE”, then you can press “CANCEL” twice to exit the menu, finally go into your guide and search the channel that the RF Modulator is on, Channel 65 or a channel that is not being used by any station is required since those channels will cause interference.

Once you have selected the channel in your RF Modulator and tuned into the same channel in your TV you should see all your cameras in that channel as well as Adapter only if you have installed the optional Adapter splitter or selected the Adapter out from your DVR.

*Illustration 6: Satellite Switch with Antenna in

Satellite Switch with Antenna in

Setting up your Cable TV System

Setting up your Cable TV system is much easier than setting up a satellite system with your DVR and RF Modulator.

The system we will be installing this RF Modulator will be a Comcast system with internet.
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Marijuana Cultivation and Camera Systems – I-502 Compliancy

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Friday, January 24th, 2014

marijuana cultivationYou are probably asking yourself, how do these go together?  The reason being is that most people hear of someone growing marijuana and they think illegal drug dealer, not profitable business.  For the last several decades you were right, but times have changed and so has the industry.  In recent years there has been some dramatic changes in the perception and regulation of marijuana, whether it be for medical marijuana or recreational use marijuana.  In recent years more and more citizens have voted to allow for the use of marijuana in different ways.  As the laws have changed so has the regulations for this industry.

 

One state in recent months that has legalized the recreational use of marijuana has been the state of Washington.  With the legalization of use, also came the legalization of cultivation.  With the cultivation lawmakers have put in place a series of requirements that growers and sellers have to follow in order to be in compliance with state laws.  The following information comes from Washington State Liquor Control Board’s i-502 compliancy.

 

(2) Alarm systems. At a minimum, each licensed premises must have a security alarm system on all perimeter entry points and perimeter windows. Motion detectors, pressure switches, duress, panic, and hold-up alarms may also be utilized.

(3) Surveillance system. At a minimum, a complete video surveillance with minimum camera resolution of 640×470 pixel and must be internet protocol (IP) compatible and recording system for controlled areas within the licensed premises and entire perimeter fencing and gates enclosing an outdoor grow operation, to ensure control of the area. The requirements include image acquisition, video recording, management and monitoring hardware and support systems. All recorded images must clearly and accurately display the time and date. Time is to be measured in accordance with the U.S. National Institute Standards and Technology standards.

(a) All controlled access areas, security rooms/areas and all points of ingress/egress to limited access areas, all points of ingress/egress to the exterior of the licensed premises, and all point-of-sale (POS) areas must have fixed camera coverage capable of identifying activity occurring within a minimum of twenty feet of all entry and exit points.

(b) Camera placement shall allow for the clear and certain identification of any individual on the licensed premises.

(c) All entrances and exits to the facility shall be recorded from both indoor and outdoor vantage points, and capable of clearly identifying any activities occurring within the facility or within the grow rooms in low light conditions. The surveillance system storage device must be secured on-site in a lock box, cabinet, closet, or secured in another manner to protect from employee tampering or criminal theft.

(d) All perimeter fencing and gates enclosing an outdoor grow operation must have full video surveillance capable of clearly identifying any activities occurring within twenty feet of the exterior of the perimeter. Any gate or other entry point that is part of the enclosure for an outdoor growing operation must have fixed camera coverage capable of identifying activity occurring within a minimum of twenty feet of the exterior, twenty-four hours a day. A motion detection lighting system may be employed to illuminate the gate area in low light conditions.

(e) Areas where marijuana is grown, cured or manufactured including destroying waste, shall have a camera placement in the room facing the primary entry door, and in adequate fixed positions, at a height which will provide a clear, unobstructed view of the regular activity without a sight blockage from lighting hoods, fixtures, or other equipment, allowing for the clear and certain identification of persons and activities at all times.

(f) All marijuana or marijuana-infused products that are intended to be removed or transported from marijuana producer to marijuana processor and/or marijuana processor to marijuana retailer shall be staged in an area known as the “quarantine” location for a minimum of twenty-four hours. Transport manifest with product information and weights must be affixed to the product. At no time during the quarantine period can the product be handled or moved under any circumstances and is subject to auditing by the liquor control board or designees.

(g) All camera recordings must be continuously recorded twenty-four hours a day. All surveillance recordings must be kept for a minimum of forty-five days on the licensee’s recording device. All videos are subject to inspection by any liquor control board employee or law enforcement officer, and must be copied and provided to the board or law enforcement officer upon request.

 

Alright, now that you see the law lets talk about the systems that will meet these requirements to keep your location in compliance.  Based on the bare minimum requirements, any of Techpro Security DVRs or NVRs will work.  To meet the absolute requirement of 640×470 pixels will put you into any DVR that can record in D1 resolution (704×480).  Since there are no required minimum frames per second stated, you can get away with a Techpro Security Mini Economy DVR .  This unit will record D1 resolution and 7fps (frames per second) on all channels.  It is also accessible for remote viewing, which makes it meet the requirement of IP internet protocol of the recorder.  Based on the 45 days that is being required to be stored and recording 16 cameras at D1 resolution and 7fps, you will need a minimum of a 3TB hard drive.  You can calculate a rough idea of the amount of hard drive space you will need with Security Camera King’s Hard Drive Calculator.  If it was my operation, I would want to have more than the “bare requirements”.   I would do a Techpro Security Ultimate Series DVR ,  the problem with only using the mini is that to record 16 cameras at D1 resolution and 30fps you will need 10TB of hard drive space, and the mini unit will only hold up to 6TBs of hard drive.  I would step up to the Ultimate Full Size, with this unit you can put in up to 8 hard drives or a total of 24TBs of space.  You will also want to upgrade the cameras from a basic OD-CM600IR50-B camera to a minimum of the OD-LX700IR50-W.  Although the basic camera meets the requirements of the law, I am not a “bare requirements” type of person.   Based on the fact that marijuana plants are very sensitive to light, I would shy away from using any camera with greater than a 50 IR distance in any area where growing occurs.  Otherwise you could turn your plants unusable from too much stress.

 

Now if this was my business and my livelihood, I would go all out to protect my investment.   I would use a Techpro Security NVR and Techpro Security IP Cameras.  The reason I would go this route is that the resolution on these cameras are at a minimum of 720p and go up to 1080p.  I don’t know about you, but I want to know exactly what is going on with my investment and know if anything ever happened I would be able to catch the perpetrators.   If I was looking for a system already put together for me I would go with Security Camera Kings pre-built Complete 16 Camera Elite Series NVR Security Camera Surveillance System.  With this configuration you will need to have at least 15TB of hard drive space to stay in compliance.  I would personally put in 18TB to slightly exceed the minimum, because the last thing that I would want to have happen is be even a couple hours short of the 45 day requirement.   Now if I was trying to be a little more conservative on my spending, the next system I would go with would be an analog system with more cameras to give me over coverage, an example would be the COMPLETE 32 CHANNEL DVR ULTIMATE SECURITY CAMERA PACKAGE.  I would at a minimum upgrade the cameras to the OD-LX700IR50-W and add at least 19TB of HDD space.  Now if a pre-built package won’t work for you, there is a really cool option of creating a Custom Built Package, which offers the same discounted products but you can customize the equipment to meet your exact needs.

 

No matter what way you go, you can’t go wrong with a system from Security Camera King, even the base records will meet the requirements of the State of Washington Liquor Control Boards requirements.  The only thing you will want to make sure of is that whatever recorder you go with can hold enough hard drive space, so make sure to use the CCTV Hard Drive Calculator.  The last thing you want to do is fall short on this one requirement and either get fined or worse lose your license.  It has been way too long of a wait to be able to grow and cultivate marijuana.

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Why Security Cameras Are the Best Business Investment You’ll Ever Make

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Monday, January 13th, 2014

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Starting a business is extremely difficult. You have an idea of a product, service, or delivering both in a new way. You have worked out how to execute the new business to be profitable. Either you or another 3rd party company has done the research to find your niche in the marketplace. Finding the best location for a business is critical in any business open to the public. It needs to be visible on a major road with easy access to get into and out of. Then getting the location renovated and redecorated to the theme of the new business all costs money and lots of it. Don’t forget about permits and licenses to operate, since the government always gets their cut. Now you have tools and inventory to purchase before opening the doors. Finding the right employees and training them takes more time and money. Up to this point you as the owner have a very large investment in your new baby, so can you really afford to take a lock and key approach to protecting your new business? I think not.

As a society we have many methods to protect our businesses. Law enforcement and threat of imprisonment has been the standard forever. As a prevention method they do not do well. In most instances law enforcement springs into action after something has already happened. That is too late for many people. In some cases if no one is there to see the crime committed it is difficult to even get an arrest. Then in many cases a criminal will get off on a technicality. A common technicality would be the accused having a “witness” seeing them elsewhere at the time of the crime. The prosecution can only attack credibility to try to sway opinion of the judge and jury. In a jury trial that has some affect. If the trial is only by judge facts are typically only considered and will be ruled on accordingly. If there is a lack of evidence getting a conviction will be next to impossible. If a picture is worth a 1000 words, a video is worth peace of mind.

Security cameras offer a level of protection that has not been available to the small business. Cameras have come a long way from ten years ago. It used to be the only way you could really identify a person was if you actually knew and saw that person on a regular basis. Now cameras have such a crisp picture that you can run them through facial recognition software and the police can identify the person. Being able to expand on the amount of TV lines in a camera has improved the resolution of the image. Another technology wide dynamic range (WDR) allows the CCTV camera to adjust to light conditions. Thereby allowing more light to enter the iris and delivering a crisper image. Backlight compensation adjusts to light that is behind an object being recorded so the object is illuminated instead of appearing dark. All recording devices are susceptible to interference or noise on the signal. Digital noise reduction (DNR) technology reduces scattered light and electromagnetic interference on the video feed. DNR filters out the external interference from other sources thereby improving overall picture quality. Vary-focal lenses create the zoom feature on cameras. With Vary-focal a camera can be used at greater distances to monitor an area of interest.

CCTV cameras are very good in doing the same thing as an armed guard. When in plain sight people know they are on camera. These people will think twice before acting unethically forcing them to take their criminal intentions elsewhere. The best part about cameras is they don’t need breaks. They do not go home at the end of the day. 24 hours a day they record what is happening. There is no bias in what is recorded ensuring no prejudice one way or the other. Just as guard on duty lets people know we are watching, you will be caught, and you will be turned into law enforcement. Security camera systems put the fear of being caught back in the front of people’s minds. Audio microphones are now available in addition to the cameras provide you the ability to listen in on anything that is happening inside your business. Just like the cameras they can be used almost anywhere. This takes you from the digital age to the age of knowledge.

These new technologies implemented in CCTV cameras give you the owner the ability to seek damages against unscrupulous customers and employees. The better images deliver undisputed proof of malicious actions. This data can be used with local law enforcement as evidence in court to recover losses. As much you want to believe you hired the right people bad apples always slip through, and will cause damage to your company instead of making it better. Solid video images give you the ability to take action for compensation from theft or intentional damage to your property. The audio feed can help add to the proof of intent to damage the company. Whereas before all you could do is question a person as to where or what happened to an item. Now you can say I have you on camera stealing from me. I have you on camera intentionally causing problems in my company. With video evidence the wrongs can be righted, and more importantly leaving no grey area to be questioned. The investigation is simplified to watching a video recording. In a few minutes a determination can be made and you can be confident you made the right choice.

The steps you take to protect your company are as important as the services and products you provide. There are people that have made it their business to steal from others to make money. It is on you to let your customers and employees know that theft and damage to company property will not be tolerated, and has repercussions. CCTV cameras let those individuals know that you are serious in protecting your investment.

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Basic Port Forwarding for the DVR & NVR

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Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

security system support groupsToday we will be exploring a simple world of port forwarding. For those of you who like to be hands on and grasp the “What, Why, and How to do” or you simply want to complete this segment of your job or project and Tech Support is unavailable I welcome you to proceed reading. I will begin with, “Make sure you have a PC, DVR/NVR, router and/or modem all [plugged in and ready to go. Also please obtain all passwords to each device (if necessary) to ensure flawless setup as we go from procedure to procedure. Once you have done so please access your START MENU on your PC.

basic port forwarding for nvrs

{Depending on what operating system you have, the above picture may vary.)

Choose the RUN option and then type in the command CMD. Then hit the enter key and you should have a window like the following:

setting up your security system

In this window, type in the command IPCONFIG and hit the enter key, this will pull up your LAN (Local Area Network) IP scheme. The one you will see my network in is a 192.168.1.xxx scheme. If yours is different, PLEASE DO NOT DESPAIR**, following along with the same process while subsitutuing my scheme with yours, will provide you with the SAME results. You should have now the following window:

As you see in the picture above my gateway 192.168.1.1 (which is my network scheme). The IP address of the PC I am using is 192.168.1.104. This is the unique IP belonging only to my device (my computer). This is the name, if you will, that the LAN knows my PC as. Every device that is attached to my network is issued its own unique IP address. Now our DVR/NVR and IP Mega Pixel cameras all have a default IP address of 192.168.1.108. On my network 192.168.1.108 is already taken so I will establish the IP of the DVR to 192.168.1.120. I suggest anyhow, to always change the IP address of any our devices to a known open IP on your network. You can see if an IP is open or not by pinging your network. You can check this in Command Prompt by typing in PING (hit the space bar once) and then the desired IP based on your established scheme. It will look like so:

how to manage your security system

(Above you can see this IP address is assigned to another device due to the com packet replies)

(Above you can see the IP address is not in use)

Now that we have established an open IP to assign to the device lets change it. If you right click on the mouse of the DVR, chose the following:

Main Menu -> Settings -> Network. Configure your network to the chosen IP in the IP address field. Make sure to change the Default Gateway in the respected field as well if your network requires. While we are still in this menu, let’s go ahead and assign our desired ports for the HTTP and TCP. I for instance will change the HTTP to 88 and keep the TCP port as it defaults of 37777. I now will save my configuration. (If the DVR prompts you that it wants to reboot, this is fine and a necessary function. Just hit okay.) Now let’s move onto creating PORT FOWARDING rules on our network. Normally you can just open up any browser and type in the DEFAULT GATEWAY of your IP scheme. Please refer to the picture below:

how to set up port forwarding for NVRs

(Before)

port forwarding set up for security systems

(After)

I will now access my router by putting in the password. Once Inside I can now create port forwarding rules for my device. Based on your router and/or modem the following pictures will not look the same. The current router I am using is a Linksys 1750AC.

(Main Menu once you log into the Linksys 1750AC)
single port forwarding for security cameras

I will now go to the Security tab at the bottom left hand corner, then choose the APPS & GAMING tab, and then SINGLE PORT FORWARDING.

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As you can see in the above I have created (3) different port forwarding rules for the IP address 192.168.1.120 which is my DVR. You WILL have to only create two, the HTTP PORT & TCP PORT. Once completed be sure to save the configuration and now let’s check to see if our external is now connected to our internal with this two ports. We are going to proceed use a website known as: CanYouSeeMe.org

security system port forwarding support

Once on this page proceed to enter in the HTTP & TCP ports you assigned to your device and opened on your LAN in the box like so:

security camera help forum

I hope you got the same results as I did! If all was successful you ports should have shown a SUCCESS: I can see your service on (your external IP here) on port (your desired port you choose). If not, again do not despair***, please try following the same process over or contact us for your free technical support on OUR products. Please see the below for the DVR view on a browser:

best security camera system support

best security system help

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What To Consider When Purchasing A Security System

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Friday, April 26th, 2013

What To Consider When Purchasing A Security System Purchasing a new security system can be confusing. That’s because there are so many systems on the market that it is hard to decide which one you need. The first step is to determine what you want to accomplish in your security plan. Do you want to protect just the inside of your home or do you want to include the outside? This will help you determine how large of a security system you need. Choose a complete security system that includes everything you need to install the system. You have to figure out what type of security camera you want.

There are a variety of security cameras available. You can choose wired or wireless camera systems. The wireless camera systems are the easiest to install. Determine where you will place your cameras in your home. You will want to install enough cameras to cover the inside of your home. If you have decided to add cameras to the outdoor areas of your home, then you will need a different type of camera. Outdoor cameras are built to withstand extreme weather conditions whether it is rain, wind or hail. Once you have all of your cameras mounted, you will need to test your video quality.

The quality of the camera you buy will also affect the images. The higher the costs of the security system, the clearer the images. Consider buying other security equipment to work with your cameras such as window and door sensors. These sensors will trip an alarm if someone tries to enter your home through these areas. You can also buy security devices that will turn on and off your lights, television and other electronics. This is helpful to use when you are away from home for an extended amount of time. Security systems work together to keep your home safe from intruders. Security cameras are available with audible sounds that can be recorded.

Determine if you need that kind of camera. If not, then test your security equipment and make sure everything works properly. The door and window sensors are easy to install. The next decision you need to make is whether or not you want a professional company to monitor your system. You probably will not be able to watch the video feed from your home while you are at work. You can find a security company that will monitor your home for a small monthly fee. These companies will send you a text or give you a call if the alarm is tripped.

You have to give the alarm company a secret code that you set up in the beginning. If you don’t give them the proper code, then they will call the local law enforcement office. Make sure you don’t have too many false alarms. Many counties and cities across the nation charge a fee for false alarms. It is frustrating for law enforcement officers to respond to a false alarm when there may be someone else in need of their services. To find an alarm company in your area, you can search online. Enter the name of the company in your search engine to check for complaints against the company. You don’t want to sign a long contract with an alarm company who provides poor customer service.

Take advantage of seasonal sales and promotions. Most alarm companies have times of the year when they discount their services. These promotions can include free installation and free monitoring for the first month. That’s not always the case, but if you spend the time researching the alarm companies, you may be surprised at how much money you can save. Make sure you think of a password or code that is not easily guessed. An intruder could potentially guess your code and disarm your security system. The keypad and the code you provide the security company should be different. If you have any questions about operating your security system, you can call the customer service number. If you plan on monitoring your system on your own, then leave your phone number with a trusted neighbor. Most home alarms are loud and it is likely that your neighbors will hear it. You will want them to call you if they see anything suspicious or the alarm goes off.

Home intrusion is a common event that happens every day around the country. If you plan for the worst and hope for the best, then you can reduce your chances of becoming a victim of theft. Make sure you have home insurance and consider video taping your belongings. Most home insurance companies will give you a discount for having an alarm system. Technology advances has improved security cameras and their accessories. They also are not as expensive as they once were. Take advantage of their low prices and buy a security system that will put your mind at ease. If you have a smartphone, there are security companies who have apps that allow you to lock and unlock your doors. You can also arm and disarm your security system from any remote location using your smartphone. This is a convenient way to check on school children, babysitters or even pets. You must sign up with the alarm company that offers the apps. Check in your local area to see if any of the companies offer this new technology.

There are other areas of your home where you may be vulnerable to intrusion. Check your garage doors and the door that leads into your home. These areas must be secure or an intruder can easily enter your home. Even if you have the alarm set, they can be in and out very quickly. Families who run busy households often think they don’t have time to set their alarms. Teach everyone in the household the importance of home security. If everyone understands the fact that thefts do occur in your neighborhood, then they are more likely to cooperate. No family member wants to lose their prized electronics, jewelry or other items of value. Most burglars want items in your home that are easy for them to sell. These items include electronics, jewelry and sports equipment. Make it difficult for someone to break in and also make it difficult for them to sell your items. You should have your electronics engraved with a number that is unique to your home.

This can help prevent a thief from selling your items to the local pawn shop. Thieves also want items that can’t be traced. Consider putting your driver’s license number on these items. At least that way, the police may be able to return your items to you. The common thief also just wants to get inside as quick as possible. If you make it hard to break your doors down, then you may succeed in deterring a criminal from breaking into your home. Install the best locks you can afford on all your doors. The doors should be made of the highest quality materials. Hard woods and steel doors make it more difficult to kick down a door. Consider hiring a locksmith to install deadbolt locks on your entry doors. Deadbolt locks only work if they are installed correctly. A locksmith will know how to install a deadbolt to prevent theft.

Develop your home security plan around your family’s schedule. Your home alarm system should be turned on even when everyone is at home. Many people don’t arm their system when they are at home. This could be a mistake if you find yourself confronting a stranger. Check the windows in your home to be sure they are locked at all times. Locking the doors in your home should be done automatically when you unlock them. You and your family can learn more security tips from your local police department. Most city police departments have a crime prevention department. This department is responsible for developing community programs that improve safety. You can research the police website to learn more. Community involvement goes a long way in crime prevention. Find out if you have a neighborhood watch program in your area.

These programs improve neighborhood safety by making people aware of their surroundings. If you or your neighbors see suspicious people or vehicles in the neighborhood, you are encouraged to call the police department. Suspicious person calls are a great way to deter crime. Once you have lived in a neighborhood for a short period of time, you get used to seeing the same vehicles and people. Don’t hesitate to call the police when something doesn’t look right. Many burglars drive into neighborhoods just to study homes they want to break into. When everyone in the community joins together, you can make a big difference in neighborhood safety. Look at your home the way an intruder looks at your home. Do you see any areas that look like it would be easy to break into? You can also hire a security auditor to find areas where your security needs to be improved. Some city police departments offer this service. Find out about all the safety programs your city offers.

Take a look at where you store your valuables inside your home. Are they clearly visible to anyone who walks into the room? All valuables should be locked in a safe, jewelry box or stored in a safety deposit box at the bank. Don’t leave large amounts of cash in your bedroom drawers. This is the first place an intruder will look. They often go straight to the master bedroom. They know this is the place where people store the things they are looking for. Wall safes that can be hidden are a great place to store your valuables. Make sure your safe is fireproof and insure the contents. These safes are easily hidden behind picture frames, furniture or shelving. You can buy elaborate safes but all you need is a fireproof safe that is hidden. You can go online and look at security retail stores to find the latest security devices. The industry is constantly adding new devices and merchandise that deters theft.

When social media first became popular a few years ago, many people didn’t think twice about posting their vacation photos while they were gone. However, some people have learned that social media sites can make you a target while you are on vacation. Wait until you get home to post those vacation photos. The same goes for who you tell that you are going away. Tell only your close friends and relatives about your vacation plans. It is surprising how often a thief who has been caught reveals that they knew someone would be gone through a friend of a friend. Many people are a victim of theft when they leave their home for extended periods of time. Thieves often reveal that they watch a home for days before they make their move. This is also where a neighborhood crime watch program is helpful. Timers that can be purchased at your local hardware store will allow you to program when they go on and off.

They can give the illusion of someone being at home. You can also leave a key with a trusted neighbor. Ask them to check on your home while you are gone. If you have pets that need to be cared for, then this is a good way to make your home look lived in. Thieves do not want to confront a dog when they enter your residence. Even small dogs cause too much noise for thieves. They want to enter and leave your home as quietly as possible. A loud, barking dog will make a thief think twice about breaking into your home. If you don’t own a dog, you can buy devices that sound like a barking dog. Offer to watch your neighbor’s home when they go on vacation and they can watch yours. Reporting suspicious neighborhood activity will go a long way in preventing burglaries. Report anyone that makes you feel nervous.

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