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Home Security Systems - What Are Your Options

Home Security Systems: What Are Your Options

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There are many different security systems that can be put in place to deter criminals from breaking into or vandalising your home. These range from the very simple (such as a ‘beware of the dog’ sign) to the more technologically advanced (such as CCTV).

Choosing the right security system for your home will depend on many different factors. These include where you live, what you need to protect, the size and layout of your property and your budget. Let’s take a look at some of your options!

Home Security Systems - What Are Your Options

Choosing the right security system for your home will depend on many different factors. Let’s take a look at some of your options!

Security Lighting

Security lighting is a cheap and reasonably effective way to deter break-ins. Although a large percentage of burglaries occur during the day, criminals are often active at night, and a great way to scare them off is to implement a system that illuminates vulnerable areas.

There are a range of security lights to choose from to meet your specific needs and the needs of your property. These include:

• Solar flood lights
• Motion-activated security lights
• Wireless security lights
• Fluorescent security lights
• Security LEDs
• High strength HID exterior lighting

Access Control Systems

An access control system is, as you may have guessed, a security measures that denies access unless authorisation is given. When it comes to home security, these systems usually encompass a simple gate that is connected to a remote system that allows you to control access with the press of a button. However, they can get increasingly complex depending on what you are looking for. For example, you could integrate your system to activate lighting, alarms and even open front door from a single device.

Intercoms

Intercoms are usually integrated into access control systems. These systems include an audio/visual component that allows communication between different areas in a property. They range from very simple, such as a two-way microphone/speaker system, to feature-heavy systems incorporating video, multiple monitor stations and remote access.

Alarms

Home alarm systems are an effective way to detect intrusions and scare criminals away from your property. They can be installed indoor or outdoors, and all systems work around the same basic principle – once a sensor is triggered, the unit sounds the alarm. There are different sensors to choose from, including:

• Passive infrared motion detectors
• Ultrasonic detectors
• Microwave detectors
• Magnetic switches
• Photoelectric beams
• Glass break detectors

There are different types of alarm systems that offer different levels of security. In most cases, the higher the level of security the system offers, the more expensive they are.

Monitored system – When the alarm is triggered, it will alert a call center who will in turn call the police for you.

Unmonitored system – When the alarm is triggered, it sets off off a loud siren inside and outside the house. If you are home this will alert you that your house has been broken in to. If you are not home you will need to rely on the system scaring away the perpetrator or your neighbours calling the police.

Home Video Surveillance

The main problem with alarm systems is that, if you are not home, they give the thief plenty of time to steal your valuables and make an escape. Without any evidence that they can use to investigate, police will usually be unable to help retrieve what you have lost. However, with video footage available, their chances are much higher. This is why many people choose to install home video surveillance. These can also be integrated with monitored system so that when an alarm is triggered, your surveillance team can see what is going on, and call the police accordingly (this helps reducing the number of false alarms).

CCTV units range from simple wireless systems to complex, multi-camera monitored systems. Modern CCTV can even be monitored from mobile devices, so you can see what is happening in real time from practically anywhere. If you’re on a tight budget, you can even install fake security camera to help deter criminals.

If you have any questions regarding security in your house, or are looking for a quote for system installation, maintenance or repairs, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing security services of the highest quality Get in touch with us today.

What To Consider When Installing CCTV Cameras For Your Home

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There are lots of effective security systems that can help protect your home from criminal intrusions – from alarms to security lighting. However, the problem with these systems is that if you are not home, they give the assailant plenty of time to steal your valuables and make an escape. Without any evidence, police will usually be unable to help retrieve what you have lost. This is where CCTV footage can be hugely useful. Installing CCTV Cameras

With video footage available, their chances of catching securing enough evidence to catch your thief is much higher. CCTV has other uses too.

For one, they are a huge deterrent for criminals. If they are monitored by a security service the cameras can give a clear visual of what is happening, this can be relayed to police accordingly (this helps reducing the number of false alarms). Here are some things to consider when installing CCTV cameras in your home. If you have any questions about security installations or would like a quote, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

DIY or Working With a Professional

These days there is a plethora of options for CCTV, with a wide variety of configurations and prices available. Some of these can be installed quite easily, and are sold as DIY systems. However, we recommend hiring a professional for the job. They will know how to install the system flawlessly and optimise it for maximum effectiveness. This will also save you time and money in the long run by eliminating any change of maintenance being required further down the track.

Type of CCTV Camera

As mentioned, there are lots of CCTV options available. These will either be wireless or hardwired. Wireless systems are common, however, they are somewhat limited in terms of what you can do with them. Fully-functioning CCTV systems are usually hardwired. These are more difficult to set up, but offer higher security levels.

Here are some of the most common types of CCTV camera:

Bullet Camera: These are cylindrical in shape and longer than some other types. They are best for applications that require long-distance surveillance. They are sturdy and provide high quality image.
Dome Camera: As the name suggests, the cameras are housed in dome-shaped enclosures. They are very sturdy and because they appear to be omnidirectional, they are great at deterring criminals.
PTZ Camera: PTZ is short for point-tilt-zoom, alluding to how the can be panned left to right, or tilted up or down. They are suitable in homes that require live monitoring of video feeds.

What Features Do You Want or Need?

There are a range of features you may want in your CCTV system. Some of the most useful ones include:

Wide angle lenses: If you want your camera to capture a wide area, but do not want or need a PTZ system, getting a camera with a wide angle lens is a good idea.
Motion detection: Some cameras are only activated when they sense motion. When a sensor is triggered they will start a recording, and send an alert to you or a monitor service.
Infrared technology: Infrared technology allows your camera to capture image in the dark.
App integration: Many cameras are app-integrated, which allows you to monitor your system from your mobile, tablet, or computer.
Storage: There are different storage options available, including SD card, hard disk and cloud storage.
High definition: Different cameras offer different output resolution. The more pixels, the better the definition of the image.

Location

Once you’ve chosen your CCTV system, the next thing to consider is where you are going to place them. This may depend on what kind of camera(s) you have installed. For example, larger cameras may be more effective when they are highly visible, whereas smaller cameras may be better suited to more discreet areas where they give a better visual. Overall, CCTV cameras should be placed in areas that are vulnerable to criminal attack, that give a clear visual of entry points, and that can be easily seen by would-be criminals.

With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing electrical services of the highest quality. If you’re looking for a quote, get in touch with us today.

Tips For Keeping Your Home Safe While on Holidays

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We all deserve a holiday every now and again. And when you do find the time to take one, you don’t want to be stressing about what you’ve left behind the entire time – this includes your house.Keeping Your Home Safe Holidays

Whether you are going away for a few days or a few weeks, there are a couple of things you can do to help keep your home safe while on holidays.

This will help ensure you peace of mind so you can enjoy your time off. Here are some helpful tips to take heed of.

Install a Security System

Home security systems have a very specific purpose: to deter criminals from breaking into or vandalising your home (and in some cases, help police catch them if they do).

There are lots of options to choose from, depending on what level of security you are look for, the size and layout of your property and your budget. These range from security lighting that scares criminals off by illuminating vulnerable areas, to alarms that sound when a sensor is triggered (these can be monitored by a security service that contact police when the alarm is tripped), to home video surveillance. If you can any queries about installing a security system, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Put Fresh Batteries In Your Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms consume a minimal amount of power and can last years on a single set of batteries. But, as we’re sure you know, they do die, and you don’t want this happening when you’re on holiday. Change your batteries before you leave. It’s also a good idea to test the alarms before you leave to ensure they are working (all alarms have a test button).

Tell Your Neighbours You Are Leaving

In the event of a fire alarm or security alarm going off, your neighbours are your best bet for a quick response from authorities, so be sure to tell them when you are leaving and when you are getting back. If you are going away for a week or more, it is also a good idea to ask a neighbour to pick up your mail for you. Nothing scream “empty house!” like a pile of uncollected mail.

Leave a Light On

As effective as security lighting can be, it simply isn’t as convincing that somebody is home than if a light is on inside, so consider leaving some on in prominent areas that are visible from a street or access point. However, make sure these are far away from combustibles such as curtains. Front hallway or kitchen lights are good choices. You can also install timers on lights so that they switch on and off at specific intervals. For somebody observing a house, this may give the impression that somebody is home.

Take Your Spare Key With You

If you have a spare key outside your home, take it with you or place it inside (or in a hard to access location). If a criminal knows you are not home, they can take more time to explore the obvious spots and find your key, allowing them easy access.

Open Curtains (But Be Careful)

Closed curtains are a telltale sign that nobody is home, so be sure to leave some open to deter criminals. However, if you do, make sure that you take a moment to check that you can’t see any valuables (such as computers or TVs) from the street.

Comings and Goings

Ask a neighbour or close friend if they can come by and check on your home regularly. By doing so you can cover a few of the bases mentioned above (such as picking up mail). You can also ask them to do a quick clean up of your front porch or other areas that may have become messy while you’ve been away to further give the impression of a lived-in home. They can also give your house a quick once-over to make sure there isn’t anything glaring dangerous.

Switch Off Any Unused Powerpoints

Be sure to switch off power points that aren’t being used around your house (this should be most of them) to protect them from power surges. This will also save you money while you’re away as these still consume power even if they are not in use.

With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing electrical services of the highest quality. If you’re looking for a quote, get in touch with us today.

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Security System Installation, Maintenance, Service & Repair

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In Sydney, theft and other criminal attacks are, unfortunately, quite common. Security systems are an extremely effective way to protect your home from these acts.

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In Sydney, theft and other criminal attacks are common. We provide quality, affordable security system installation, maintenance, service and repair.

When it comes to choosing, installing, maintaining and repairing these systems, it is import to work with a qualified professional. Here at HunterCON, we pride ourselves on our proficiency and eye for detail when it comes to working with security systems.

Our security services extend to a full range of solutions designed to keep you, your family and your assets safe, including alarms, security lighting installation, intercoms, access control systems, CCTV installation and smoke detectors.

Full Security Systems

We believe in security systems being multifaceted to ensure maximum levels of protection, which is why we suggest that our customers implement comprehensive security systems. This will help secure entrances, guard your property when you aren’t around, allow you to stay in complete control of who enters your home and deter criminals from entering in the first place.

Security System Installation

Having a qualified industry professional install your security system is the best way to ensure peace of mind at all times. This technology can be quite complex and it requires an experienced electrician to install it correctly. This way you can know that your system won’t let you down – and that’s incredibly reassuring.

All our security system installs are executed with an extremely close attention to detail and our motivated team will be there to offer advice to meet your every need.

Security Cameras

Installing a high-quality security camera system will add an extra level of protection to your home or business. CCTV is important for thoroughly monitoring your property, in particular, vulnerable areas or isolated entrances. They also help to deter criminals in a very powerful way. If you do experience a break-in, camera footage will help the authorities identify the perpetrator, increasing the chance of catching them.

We are experienced security camera installers. We always work to the highest standard, ensuring your system is the right one for you and it is installed the right way. If your security camera system requires maintenance or repair, we can help to quickly identify the problem and fix it right away.

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Alarms

Security alarms are a key component of a security system. They are extremely effective at deterring criminal attacks.

As with all of our electrical services, we always strive to find the perfect solution for you, no matter what your requirements are. From both wired and wireless components, to a variety of sensor systems and remote arming and disarming options, we will ensure you install the right alarm for you.

Security System Maintenance, Service, Repair

While most security systems are very reliable, the reality is that issues can occur. We provide fast, efficient maintenance and repair services, ensuring that you are never vulnerable.

The Importance of Using a Certified & Qualified Service

As with any trade, is extremely important to work with a certified and qualified security specialist to ensure peace of mind at all times.

We are highly experienced electrical specialists with a wealth of industry experience in all aspects of security. We’re located in Sydney’s Inner West, and we service the greater metropolitan area, including the Eastern Suburbs, Lower North Shore and South West.

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With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing security services of the highest quality. If you’re looking for a quote for security system installation, maintenance or repairs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.