Things That Go Bump In the Day: 5 Tips for Lock Bumping Prevention

Though it’s an unfamiliar term, most people would understand lock bumping as a form of lock picking. Lock bumping involves using a specially crafted key to ‘bump’ the pins inside a lock into place, allowing a burglar to open any keyed deadbolt lock with very little skill, no noise and without any passers by being aware that anything is wrong. Additionally, people whose homes are burgled without any sign of forced entry often have serious problems trying to claim on their insurance policy. Given that almost anyone can go find a lock bumping guide and buy a specially made key on the internet, how can you protect your home from such easy entry? We give you some tips today.

Burglar Alarm Security Systems

Without the technological assistance of perimeter protection through a burglar alarm security system, your home is a sitting duck for anybody with a lock bumping set. With a burglar alarm security system installed, your home will have reinforcement coming from 30 seconds after somebody unauthorised gets in.

Another concern with lock bumping is that intruders can silently enter while you are at home, either awake or asleep. A burglar alarm security system allows you to zone the house to detect any movement in non-sleeping areas, and alert your security monitoring company.

Alternative Lock Types

There are a couple of high tech lock types that can help you easily avoid the perils of lock bumping. At Pacific Security Technology, we carry a range of biometric or keypad lock options, which are put in with heavy duty installation tools and obviously cannot be picked or bumped. However, you’ll need to install biometric or keypad locks on each of your entrances to complete the circle of safety.

CCTV camera systems

If you choose to install CCTV camera systems, don’t hide ALL of your cameras. Let people know that they are being filmed, and if they choose to break into your house, they will be seen and most likely caught.

However, it is good practice to retain some hidden, covert cameras, so that if your burglar thinks he can get around the cameras by spray painting them, you’ll still get footage.

Security Chains

These are a fantastic, cheap option for protection from lock bumping while you’re at home. Of course, they are not as foolproof as a burglar alarm security system, but having a chain means that there will be noise to alert you to the entry, and the burglar might actually reconsider what he thought was going to be an easy ‘in’.

Visibility

Although lock bumping is a relatively quick and non-suspicious way to enter a house, burglars will still think twice about entering a home if they can be easily seen from the street. Even if you have a burglar alarm security system, make sure you keep your bushes and shrubs trimmed and ensure that your front door is easily visible from the street.

Lock bumping is a scary trend. Burglar alarm security systems will restore your sense of wellbeing and safety!

9 Benefits for Businesses of CCTV Camera Systems

For many small businesses, CCTV camera systems are seen as the exclusive province of banks and service stations. In fact, CCTV camera systems can protect the safety and profitability of a massive range of businesses. They are a single-time investment, and many systems have paid themselves back several times over. Today we check out why CCTV camera systems are one of the smartest investments any type of business can make.
1. Discovering workplace theft
CCTV camera systems are especially useful for both preventing, and responding to, workplace theft. You’ll have a clear picture of what has happened and exactly which employee is involved with a CCTV system on your side. It is best practice to have both conspicuous and hidden CCTV camera systems, in order to both deter theft in general, and provide evidence.
2. Deterring break-ins
Opportunistic and standard-scale burglars don’t want to have to deal with CCTV camera systems and the heightened possibility of being caught. CCTV monitoring provides a preventive system.
3. Catching thieves!
Back to base alarms are definitely the most sensible security product for many businesses. But if a thief flees on hearing the alarm, they’re left free to rob other businesses that aren’t as well prepared. CCTV camera systems help ensure that they are caught, punished and prevented from doing the same thing again.
4. To protect intellectual property
Even if your workplace has few materials valuables, the theft of information from business computers can be highly damaging. Hidden CCTV camera systems help determine what people are looking at, and if any intellectual property theft or corporate espionage has been attempted.
5. Enhance productivity
If employees feel that they are being ‘supervised’, even electronically, they are far more likely to keep their mind on the job.
6. Alarm validation
All good CCTV camera systems can be access remotely through a secure web interface. If you get a business alarm system call, you can simply log into your cameras and see what’s happening in the store through your computer, while your back to base alarm monitoring company goes to see if your perimeter has been breached.

7. Peace of mind
This is an intangible, but nevertheless valuable, benefit of all CCTV camera systems. You’ll feel doubly secure of your CCTV is linked with a back to base alarm, so you know that there’s someone out there on your side, ready to attend in an instant if there’s a problem with your business.
8. Provide customer data
Wondering who your main demographic is? Need to know the ideal store layout based on foot traffic patterns? CCTV camera systems can be a rich source of information.
9. Manufacturing monitoring!
CCTV camera systems can help improve staff to output ratio, by allowing for remote monitoring of manufacturing lines. A non-standard, but very useful purpose!
CCTV camera systems are worth many times their weight in gold to your business … find out today how easy it could be to have one installed!

Top Types of CCTV Camera Systems Reviewed

CCTV camera systems are one of the gold standards in both home and business security. If banks, casinos and government institutions still depend on them for crime detection and prevention, it’s a pretty safe bet that they’ll work for your home as well! There are several different types of CCTV camera systems; within those types you’ll find anywhere from a handful to dozens of different products. Here we look at the broad categories of CCTV camera systems, and how to tell which will suit your home best.

Outdoor Cameras
Outdoor CCTV camera systems are constructed to deal with the environmental pressures of wind, water, dust etc. They have several features that help them survive life in the big bad world!

  • Discreet design
  • Weatherproof
  • Cannot be removed from its mounting or the wall
  • Cables are hidden
  • Tough lens glass

Many outdoor CCTV camera systems have features of additional camera ‘types’ – such as being high resolution, infrared capable, or able to record in colour – we’ll look in detail at these features below.

Indoor cameras
These are usually much less sturdy, but far cheaper than outdoor cameras are. While they obviously aren’t as vandal resistant, be aware that if your CCTV camera system is linked to your back to base alarm monitoring, your security company will be alerted if a camera has been tampered with. This makes indoor cameras the ideal, cost-effective indoor security solution.

Infra-Red Cameras
Some CCTV camera system of this type will pick up the movement of people even in zero-light conditions – although some systems need at least 0.1 lux of light to work. Infra-red cameras have a traditional camera lens, with additional infra-red detectors arranged around the lens in concentric circles.  Many infra-red cameras nowadays are pet-proof, so if you decide you want to install one indoors, there is no need to worry about false alarm calls to your security company.

High Resolution Cameras
In CCTV camera systems, ‘high’ resolution is around 750 pixels horizontally. ‘Ordinary’ resolution is around 350-500, and on micro cameras or pinhole cameras the resolution may be around 200-300; these are ideal for shorter distances and in constantly lit conditions. However, high resolution cameras can pick up motion up to 240 feet away – and if they are infrared equipped, they’ll be able to do this in complete darkness.

Wide angle cameras
You sacrifice some picture accuracy when you go for a wide angle lens, but you cajn gain up to 170 degrees of vision. Wow! If your CCTV camera system is monitored by your alarm security system company, wide angle cameras can be a good choice – your focus will be on early detection and prevention of burglaries, rather than on getting evidence to prosecute somebody after a break-in.

Micro Lens Cameras
Micro lens cameras can be especially useful in indoor situations; a great substitute for ‘nanny cams’, and completely unobtrusive. However, there is a definite trade-off between the capability of these CCTV camera systems and other more visible and conspicuous types. Micro-lens cameras most often come in black and white, usually need at least 1 lux of light to work (about the level of low street lighting). However, they do tend to be very low-cost compared to other CCTV camera systems, also!

You can also get a free consultation at Pacific Security Technology to help you determine the CCTV camera system type that will work best for you. Don’t sleep lightly for another night!

                                             
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