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Monthly Archives: February 2014

  • Inexpensive Ways to Increase Your Home Security

    Posted on February 27th, 2014 0 Comments

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    Unfortunately there’s no massive yearly sale for home security systems. But we wish there was. It’s hard to upgrade security and at the same time ensure that you’re on the best end of the purchase. Here’s what we’d do in your shoes to capture the best sale when you’re in the market for an upgrade.

    15 Inexpensive Ways to Increase Your Home Security

    1. Fake Video Camera

    Some people don’t want CCTV camera systems, but would like others to think that they have that advanced security. Whether you can or cannot pay for the service, or just don’t want the actual security system, installing faux cameras can deter burglars. Just make certain that they appear real enough to deter.

     

    2. Pull the Flyers

    Flyers, coupon books, and the yellow pages, when not cleaned away, show you’re not home, often. Clean up. Appear like you’re home.

     

    3. Keep the yard clean

    Keeping the yard clean is an effective way to deter burglars. If they see that you’re not clipping the hedges and mowing the lawn, chances are you’re on holiday. Make sure you have someone keep the yard clean regularly, especially if you’re going to be away for an extended amount of time.

     

    4. Electronics

    Try not to leave your new computer, tablet, or plasma television boxes outside and in plain view. The best way to show a burglar that you have valuable items is to advertise them. Next time you get an electronic item, break down the box and fold the cardboard inside out. While protecting your belongings you’ll also be helping out with recycling.

     

    5. Put the Ladder Away

    Often times that second story window only seems scalable by spiderman. But, if you leave that ladder out any old man can climb on through the hatch and start to ransack.

     

    6. Social Media

    Internet hacking has been around for a while… For all you people that take those big fancy vacations, don’t post that you’re in Asia having an exceedingly swell three week vacation. Unless you wanted a home cleansing experience, don’t post this stuff to the worldwide web.

     

    7. Snow Tracks

    If there was a time to not cover your tracks this is it. Burglars can easily see if someone has been in and out of a home by the amount of footfall or tire marks set in the snow. Ask your neighbors to make a few tracks while your away. Even snow angles deter the burglars.

     

    8. Quick luggage loading

    Suitcases mean your going somewhere for an extended amount of time. If you load your baggage slowly into your vehicle, this gives time to someone who may be passing by to observe if you’re leaving town for a while. Load quickly.

     

    9. Hold the mail

    If you’re mail box gets full, or packages are sitting on your doorstep it indicates you’re not home. Have the post office put a hold on your mail until you return.

     

    10. Upgrade or Quick Fix Windows

    Upgrading your windows isn’t that expensive, but if you can’t do it, place a dowel or a broom handle on the window or sliding glass door so that if the door or window is pried it will not open.

     

    11. Speakeasy

    Hiding your belongings may be a useful tactic. If you have decent hiding places in your home use them to put your valuables away. Most burglaries occur within 8 minutes. The more difficult your valuables are to find, the less likely they are to be stolen.

     

    12. Light Sensors

    Light sensors or motion sensors which activate lighting can be significant deterrents to home invaders. They are cheap and easy to install. Plus, new technologies can send real-time updates to mobile devices to ensure you’re up-to-date with what’s going on at home.

     

    13. Alarm Viewing

    Keep security systems out of sight from windows and doors. If for some reason you’ve forgotten to turn the alarm on, you won’t alert a burglar that they should enter unconcerned.

     

    14. Security Decals

    Security decals, although maybe not representative of an actual system, can sometimes be effective. Security companies like to show that their product is being used by community advertising efforts. Buy some false advertising. It may actually benefit you this time.

     

    15. Reinforce Your Locks and Doors

    Reinforcing your locks and doors is not that expensive. Plus, lock-rekeying is an effective way to promote your safety without having to replace an entire locking system. 

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  • What is a Rim Lock?

    Posted on February 12th, 2014 0 Comments

     

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    A rim lock is essentially a type of locking system that can be attached to the surface of a door. It looks like a box that is located directly beneath the doorknob on a door. The rim lock is usually attached on the side of the door that is facing into the room. Ordinarily, there will be a keyhole on the rim lock as well as the knob that will activate the lock itself.

    Locking System

    This type of locking system has two different ways to lock the door. The first way is to use a key. By inserting a key into a the keyhole that is on the rim lock and turning it to the right, the lock on the door will be moved so that the door cannot be opened without moving it again. This is a more common type of method of locking the door and is merely available on the rim lock for convenience. The second way that a door can be locked using a rim lock is by turning the knob that is on the rim lock. The knob will essentially work the same way as the key. When the knob is turned, the lock is activated and will move so that the door cannot be opened without moving the lock back into place. Some rim locks can be opened again with the appropriate key, while others can only be opened by reactivating the lock from the other side.

     

    Variations

    There are a few different variations on the rim locks, as well as ways that customers can customize them to fit their decorating needs. They can either choose to make their rim locks look antique, or they can choose for them to look modern. Some rim locking systems will have chains attached to provide a second level of security, while others will merely have a deadbolt.

    Rim locks can be purchased both from online retailers and traditional stores. Both retailers will be able to ensure that the customer purchases the most appropriate locking system for his or her door and is fully satisfied with his or her purchase. 

     

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  • Keyless Technology is Here to Stay

    Posted on February 5th, 2014 0 Comments

     

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    Smart Phones

    How many times have you lost a hotel room key? Most likely, a couple times in your life but help is on the way. As keyless entry technologies roar, hotels are beginning to adopt their use. Aloft Hotels in New York City and Silicon Valley are the latest guinea pigs adopting these technologies. Proposed technologies are said to gift one with a “virtual room key” while hoping that the check-in process is easier and that room key loss becomes extinct in itself.

     

    I dont want to wait in line

    Starwood CEO Frits van Paasschen believes that check-in lines are too easy to get swallowed in. So, with an Android 4.3 or higher and iPhone 4s or higher, smartphone goers will be able to skip the lines and the human interaction almost entirely. Although momentarily unclear, his vision seems to extend itself to all hotel management being tasked through smartphone use. He mentions, “… It will become table stakes for managing a hotel.” Whatever that means, we have yet to find out.

     

    Not Exclusive

    This feature isn’t going to be the exclusive access system. As far as we know, traditional losable keys will still be available for some time. The pilot program seems to favor persons who frequent these hotels and know the routine. Therefore they will favor an expedited entry, exit and payment option with their mobile wallet by clicking just a few buttons.

     

    How does it work?

    The technology at use is Bluetooth. What happens is this: your phone connects to a sensor in the door, (much like Kēvo by Kwikset), the technology renders your proximity and by using the app and like- binary codes allows you access to the room. The locks on the doors are battery operated, so in the event of a power outage they will still work in some way, but are possibly subject to Wi-Fi connection failure.

     

    Conclusion

    If all goes well, Aloft and W hotels will be equipped with these keyless entry, check-in and check-out technologies by 2015. That’s around the corner! Keep an eye on our posts to see what happens next. 

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