Why You Must Install Parental Control Internet Software If You Have Children

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Online Safety For Children TipsIn today’s hyperconnected world, keeping your child safe is one of the biggest challenges that we as parents face today. Good communication is an excellent tool and necessary when it comes to warning your children about dangers that they may face. However, sometimes it takes more than just good communication when it comes to protecting your child online.

Although you can go through the process of putting your family’s computer in a common room,  looking into their Facebook and other social media accounts from time to time, and talking to your child about the risks of posting personal information, risks still arise.

The fact is that sometimes your child will be subjected to adult material, or material that is otherwise inappropriate for children, by mistake. There are some pornography websites whose addresses are very close to popular websites with the same name. Sometimes, the only difference is whether it is .net, .com. or even .gov. One of the things that you can do to protect your child’s internet security is to install parental control software. Although it might seem extreme, a parent will do whatever it necessary to protect their children.

So what can parental control software do?

1. Create alerts.

You can be notified at once through either text messages, phone calls, or e-mails when someone in your home visits an inappropriate website.

2. Time controls.

These are good because you can actually set a pre-determined amount of time that your child can spend on the Internet. Of course, when their time runs out, they can still access other features of the computer such as word programs which they might need for school purposes. A common complaint that parents have is that their child spends too much time on the Internet.

3. Usage Logging.

With this feature, you can produce and review logs of your child’s internet activity. You can see what websites were visited, logs of Instant messaging  chats, as well as the various programs that were used during the Internet session.

4. Content controls.

These allow you to choose what types of content, such as adult content, that you want your child to avoid access to.

5. Program controls.

Program controls control the access to certain programs such as downloading music files or other files that could be dangerous.

6. All in one solution.

Look for an advanced piece of software that has all its bases covered. Email recording, Content filtering, and Keystroke logging are among the most important. There are many great parental control softwares available in the market.

As the leading Internet & Home Security Risk Consultants in Mumbai, we have installed parental control softwares on hundreds of home computers, notebooks and laptops. If you are a parent who would like to receive a demo, give us a call and we will send over a consultant to your home or office to show you the features as well as install it on your home computer. We also conduct maintenance, updating of the software and troubleshooting once our software is installed.

Online Safety Tips To Protect Your Children

Every parent wants to keep their child safe. Protecting your children when they are on the Internet is no exception to this. While you don’t want to think about people harassing your child or trying to bring harm to them, there are still those out there who might try. The following are some tips on how you can provide online safety for your children.

  1. First of all you must install online tools and parental control software for internet security.
  2. Also install filtering programs that restrict personal information from being sent online. This is particularly helpful in protecting your financial and personal Parental Software Kids Mumbaiinformation.
  3. If your child has a Myspace of Facebook account, I suggest get one as well and befriend them in order to monitor their use. Only intervene if there is a safety concern in order to give them more privacy or they will start hating you for invasion of their privacy!
  4. Do not let your child participate in chat rooms. Our parental control programs also block chat rooms. Sometimes people enter chat rooms designed for children and teens and pretend to be one themselves.
  5. If you are aware of any child pornography contact the cyber crime police cell in your city.
  6. Talk to your child about their screen name creation. A screen name should be neutral and should not reveal any of the child’s personal information such as their name or age.
  7. Talk to your child about posting personal information like their address, age, and full name on social media sites. When they create an account, have them make it private to ensure that only people they know can access it.
  8. Continuously monitor your credit cards and banking account in order to be aware of any unusual activity. Talk to your child if you become aware of something different on the account. Then, talk to your credit card company or bank.

There are a lot of safety risks out there for teens and tweens who use the Internet. However, this doesn’t mean that they have to stop using the Net. Instead, they should use good judgment and try to make wise decisions.

In addition please copy and print the following following 10 Tips on an A4 piece of paper and paste it above your children’s computers as the ten commandments that they must follow when online.  

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1. Do not let your username say too much about you. For example, don't make it your name and age, like Shalini16. Instead, make it something that doesn't say much about your name, age, or gender. Keep it as vague as possible.

2. Do not ever post your residence number, learners driver's license number (if any), phone number, home address or debit / credit card information on the internet. If a friend asks you for your number on Facebook then either email them a private message or wait until you see them in person.

3. Do not add friends on the Internet that you don't know. People often misrepresent themselves and pretend to be something they are not.

4. Never agree to meet someone in person that you have met from the Internet. If you are part of a group and someone wants to get together to discuss something that sounds ok, have a trusted adult go with you and meet in a public place.

5. If you have concerns about someone who is harassing you on the Internet, tell an adult.

6. Make your profile private so that only the people you know can see your information and photos.

7. Do some research on sites before you sign up for them. Don't just join them because everyone else is. Learn how they work before you post anything on these sites.

8. Do not store your passwords on your computer. It can make hacking easier.

9.If you purchase something with a credit card, ensure that you are using a secure server. This should be noticeable by a little emblem next to the url where you type the name of the site.

10. Do not use your full name when you join a site. Try not to use your surname as much as possible.

Author Bio

Amit Sen, a commercial pilot by training, has over 15 years experience in the space of corporate investigations, handling Copyright & Trademark infringement cases, Pre – employment verification Industrial Espionage investigations, Asset & Net – Worth assessment assignments and vendor / supplier verification cases, among others. Co-founder of Alliance One Detectives – which is the best home security consultants in Mumbai. Apart from specializing in home security, Amit has also successfully completed assignments in a wide range of sectors, including the machine tools industry, pharmaceutical industry, hospitality sector, specialized equipment (Oil & natural gas sector, aviation industry etc.), telecom industry & the IT & ITes sectors. These cases have all involved both offline and online investigations.

Article edited and co-written by Atin Dasgupta who is the co-founder and marketing head of Alliance One. Read more about Atin here.



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How To Make The Windows Of Your Home More Secure

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Secure Your Windows For Increasing Home Security

Residential Security is Greatly Improved by Securing Your Windows

Glass in windows can be easily smashed, like any other form of glass. But any burglar would prefer to provide a much quieter way of gaining access to property, without having to resort to such a noisy method as breaking glass.

Unfortunately, when breaking glass, a burglar knows that it makes a very distinctive noise, and is therefore likely to attract them unwanted attention. Also, there is a high risk of them actually cutting themselves while they are carrying out the procedure. They know that the chances of them being caught are highly increased because of the use of DNA samples, which provide law enforcement agencies with a very good way of identifying any intruder into a property.

Although some burglars will break windows in order to gain access to people’s homes, most prefer to only use a window which is already open or unlocked. The problem is that, in a lot of burglaries, the actual burglar has not even had to try to open one, as the home owner has left one open (whether by mistake or deliberately).

But even people who do have locks on their windows which are closed, the locks are often very weak, and in a lot of cases, people only have latches fitted to their windows. With these installed, a burglar will usually have no difficulty at all in breaking in to a person’s home in just a matter of seconds or minutes.

However today, there are plenty of good quality window locks now available which a person can install, and do not cost an arm and a leg to buy. But although there are plenty of window locks now available, just which are the right ones for you to buy for your home in order to protect your windows from being a potential access point for a burglar?

Below we will take a look at the various different types of window locks a person can now use:

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These types of locks are not secured using a key, and are great way of preventing the windows on your home from being opened from the outside. The only way a burglar could attempt to try and open one of these would be from them having to smash the glass in the window in order to gain access to the lock itself, and then operating it. Although they may have to smash the glass to gain access to the lock, once they have, they will lessen their chances of being cut by any glass afterwards because they can then open the window completely.

Key Locks

These are the best kind of locks for helping to secure windows. It is best that you remove the key from the lock once the window has been closed, but ensure that it is in a location where it can easily be reached, and ensure that all members of the family know exactly where it is.

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Key Locks

You don’t want any members of your family being caught when there is a fire in the home and they can not find the key to get the window open.

The other reason for fitting key locks to windows, especially on the upper floors of your home, is that they could prevent young children from falling out of them. Unfortunately, as children grow older, they become a little more inquisitive, and it will only take them a matter of seconds to be able to undo the lock and open the window.

The great thing about installing good quality window locks in your home is that they are visible to those outside your home. Once a burglar sees these, he then knows what he is going to be facing, and certainly if he feels that it is going to be difficult to gain access because it is likely to draw attention to them, then they may well decide it is best to go and look elsewhere and see what the next house can offer them instead.

You may well find that you might have to fit more than one lock on each window, but this will depend on the actual size of them. Therefore, the larger the window, then the more strain is going to be put on the lock as the burglar attempts to gain access by forcing it. Also do not forget to place locks on even small windows you have in your home, as there are some burglars who can gain access through very small spaces, or who will use a child as an accomplice in order to help them gain access into your home.

Also. never forget to install locks on the windows on the upper floors of your bungalow. Although you may not think this is necessary because a burglar will not attempt to use one in order to gain access to your home. they will. Remember, a burglar will use a ladder if necessary, and often it has either come from your own backyard, or that of your neighbors.

Certainly the chances of a burglar going elsewhere to gain access to a home to take a person’s possessions are greatly increased if you have good quality window locks fitted on your own home.

Also do click on the links below to read more about our home security solutions.

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Amit Sen, a commercial pilot by training, has over 15 years experience in the space of corporate investigations, handling Copyright & Trademark infringement cases, Pre – employment verification  Industrial Espionage investigations, Asset & Net – Worth assessment assignments and vendor / supplier verification cases, among others. Co-founder of Alliance One Detectives – which is the best home security agency Mumbai. Apart from specializing in marital investigations, Amit has also successfully completed assignments in a wide range of sectors, including the machine tools industry, pharmaceutical industry, hospitality sector, specialized equipment (Oil & natural gas sector, aviation industry etc.), telecom industry & the IT & ITes sectors. These cases have all involved both offline and online investigations.

Article edited and co-written by Atin Dasgupta who is the co-founder and marketing head of Alliance One. Read more about Atin here.



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Information on the Best Security Systems For Your House

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Which type of security system is best?

The answer to this question lies with you and your protection needs.

Generally, a perimeter security system is better for those with:

• Small children
• Expensive merchandise
• High crime area
• Large budget
• Desire to keep the intruder on the outside of the home

An interior security system is better for those:

• Constantly away out of the home
• Large, open rooms
• Older or no children
• Smaller budget

Hybrid Security Systems

Home Security Consultants MumbaiIt’s common for many people to develop a combination of the two types of security systems. They may want the exterior protection for certain areas or doorways, but only want the interior protection for a few other areas of their home.

Example:

For a two story home, the homeowner may want contacts on each exterior door, window contacts on the front windows, a glass break detector in the kitchen (for the windows and sliding glass door), and motion detectors by the front stairs and in the garage. This way there is a solid perimeter defense for the obvious entry points, and the other critical areas are protected by the motion detectors. Should a burglar still break into the home, they’re not going to make it up the stairs or into the garage without being detected.

Now here’s a question that plagues most homeowners in Mumbai who want to install security systems in their houses. Should I just buy all the equipment and install it myself with the help of an electrician or should I hire security equipment consultants who will advise me on the best options and also take the responsibility of installation and once installed also ensure that the equipment is fully functional and doing what it is supposed to do.

Professional company versus Do-It-Yourself (DIY)

If you are handy with basic electronics and don’t want your security system monitored by a company, then you may want to look into building your own security system. It is fairly easy to get started with a basic kit (available in most electronic shops) and then add-on whatever extra components are necessary. This is cheaper than buying a system from a security company like ours and you have the freedom to design the system any way you want.

The only major downside is that should you want the system monitored in the future, many security companies will not monitor a system that was not installed by a professional installer. You may be required to have a technician examine your system, or possibly have it replaced entirely with one of their systems. Most of the professional companies offer special package deals for the different sizes and styles of security systems. With all of the different equipment and types
of sensors available, a professional company should be able to handle all of your security concerns for a very reasonable fee.

The major companies commonly offer product warranties and satisfaction guarantees should anything go wrong. Competition from the different national and local security companies can often work to your advantage. Bidding wars and extra bonuses throw into the package will make you the winner in the end. If you’re planning on doing business with a major security company, be prepared to sign a service contract. Most companies offer the industry standard three year contract, and there are penalties for early termination. Also, be ready for the visit from the company sales representative.

Other Security Accessories For Your Home

Today’s society is proving that at times, just having a home security system isn’t enough to protect your home. It’s necessary to go further a few extra steps to help ensure that nobody messes with you or your family. One or several of these accessories can greatly reduce the chances of having an intruder.

Floodlights

Residence Security Company MumbaiThis is one of the simplest yet most effective means of preventing a nighttime intruder. There are two elements that night intruders hate the most: light and noise. Lighting up darkened areas brings unwanted attention to them, and they’ll quickly retreat back to the shadows.

If possible, mount a floodlight on each side of your home or aprtment complex. This will create a “barrier of light” and make it very difficult for somebody to approach your home unnoticed. If budget is an issue, focus on lighting the back of the building and the driveway / garage area.

Neighbourhoods in Mumbai usually have streetlights and well lighted driveways, whereas the backside and garage areas are usually dark. Trees and bushes inside the compound make it even darker. 80% of intruders break in through a door. Always make sure that each of your exterior doors is illuminated on the outside. If somebody wants to break into your home that way, make them stand in the light and be seen by your neighbors.

Deadbolts

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Double cylinder dead bolt

A deadbolt is a necessity for every exterior door. Ordinary locking doorknobs can easily be defeated by carding, prying or lock picking, but a deadbolt will add an extra element of security to your home. Remember each visible (important!) security device will convince more and more intruders to stay away from your home.

As mentioned above, each exterior door needs to have a deadbolt installed. Having a deadbolt only on your front door means that an intruder is going to walk around your home to a less secure side door or window. Remember that intruders commonly look for the easiest way into homes. If that means entering through an unsecured window on the dark side of the building, then that’s the route they’ll most likely take.

Deadbolts that you can lock and unlock from the outside come in two styles – single and double cylinder. A single cylinder deadbolt uses a turnpiece on the inside, but needs a key on the outside. A double cylinder deadbolt requires the use of a key both inside and outside to lock/unlock the door. If you have windows on or next to the door, then do not use a single cylinder deadbolt! It’s too easy for a criminal to break the glass, reach inside and turn the turnpiece to unlock the door.

Some people are afraid of using a double cylinder deadbolt because of the fact that you need to use a key inside the house. If there was a fire or emergency, they don’t want to have to hunt for the key. An easy solution is to hang a spare key on a wall near the door, but well out of arm’s reach from the closest window. If your home has small children, then make sure the key is low enough for them to reach in an emergency. Practice using the key a few times and you’ll see  just how easy and much more secure it is than with a single cylinder deadbolt. 

NOTE – Having an outside accessible deadbolt does not guarantee that burglars cannot break into your home. Like most locks, they can be defeated with a little time and practice. What they do is buy you extra time should an intruder attempt to challenge your security devices. The longer it takes an intruder to defeat your locks, then the less likely it is that they’ll make it into your home without being noticed. Deadbolts also deter some intruders and keep the novice ones away from your home.

Another type of deadbolt is an interior accessible deadbolt. These are “one-sided” deadbolts that you can only access from the inside of your home. That type of lock is excellent for unused side doors, or for your main door once you’re home for the evening. With no part of the lock being outside your door, it’s extremely difficult for an intruder to break in through that door.

Cellular back-up

Below is a graphic showing how the Cellular backup technology works to secure your safety:

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Security companies monitor security systems through the telephone lines. Without those lines, the monitoring center will not be able to receive any trouble codes from your alarm. You alarm will still go off and the siren will sound during a break-in, but the monitoring company won’t know about it.

Take a look outside your home and see if your telephone line is exposed. It commonly runs down the side of the building before going underground to the nearest junction box. The problem is that it’s very easy for a criminal to cut that exposed part to disrupt the connection.

Many seasoned criminals know about that flaw, and those daring enough to rob your home will take advantage of it. Criminals aren’t the only element that can cut the phone wire. Storms, heavy gusty wind and even construction crews can accidentally bring down the wires too.

Would you still feel protected knowing that it could be a few days before the connection is restored again?

If the option is available through your security company, you may want to invest in a cellular back-up system. This device simultaneously broadcasts your security information to the monitoring center through the cellular frequencies. Should the phone lines go down for any reason, you’ll still be monitored with the cellular back-up unit. As long as you live within range of a cell phone tower then you’ll be monitored.

It is becoming more common for people to use cell phones instead of land lines in their home. With this advance in technology and convenience, more and more security companies are offering the cellular broadcasting devices. It is
certainly possible that in the near future all home security systems will be monitored this way.

NOTE – There is a security flaw with the cellular back-up devices. There are hand held cellular blocking or cellular jamming devices available online. Through the use of one of those devices it’s conceivable that an intruder can temporarily block the cellular signals around your home, and thus stop the connection between your security system and the monitoring center. The cellular jammers are illegal to sell and possess in countries like the US and India, and right now they’re still relatively unknown amongt criminals. The odds of a criminal using it are very low, but it is a very real threat to the system.

Final thoughts

Home security is now considered a critical part of today’s society. Whether you’re renting an apartment or you own your own home, intruders and burglars can strike where you live. Today’s society is more dangerous than ever, and it is your responsibility to protect yourself and those you love.

It is mind-boggling to analyze and prevent every single way an intruder can enter a building. As criminals become better educated through their peers and through the use of the internet and the availability of cheaper technology devices, more and more of these criminal minds will find ways to get around locked doors and motion detectors. This article is intended to give you a better idea of some of the more basic concepts in home security and ways to protect against more of the novice or simple-minded burglars.

Remember – The best weapon in home security is willpower. From learning about current burglary tactics to doing a complete security review of your home to taking the necessary actions to prevent an intrusion, willpower is what will help you from becoming a crime statistic. Do the right thing and take preventative actions today. Even something as simple as adding timers to your lights could prevent a burglar from selecting your home.

If somebody is desperate enough to break into your home, they will find a way to do so. Start taking some concrete action today itself to secure your home. Because tomorrow may be too late! If you would like to know more about the security solutions that we provide you may call me on: +91  +91 98206 07875. Also do click on the links below to read more about our solutions.

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Amit Sen, a commercial pilot by training, has over 15 years experience in the space of corporate investigations, handling Copyright & Trademark infringement cases, Pre – employment verification  Industrial Espionage investigations, Asset & Net – Worth assessment assignments and vendor / supplier verification cases, among others. Co-founder of Alliance One Detectives – which is the best home security agency Mumbai. Apart from specializing in marital investigations, Amit has also successfully completed assignments in a wide range of sectors, including the machine tools industry, pharmaceutical industry, hospitality sector, specialized equipment (Oil & natural gas sector, aviation industry etc.), telecom industry & the IT & ITes sectors. These cases have all involved both offline and online investigations.

Article edited and co-written by Atin Dasgupta who is the co-founder and marketing head of Alliance One. Read more about Atin here.



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Read on to Find Out Just How Safe Is Your Home

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Tips For Securing Your Home and Home Safety

Bad Things Do Not Only Happen to Others It Can Happen To You Too!

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Prevent Thieves From Entry

It has been reported that a burglary now happens every 15 seconds in a city like Mumbai and with the growing number of residential properties coming up this frequency is only going to get higher. As such, the chances of your own home actually being at risk from a break in are greatly increased, and it does not matter where you live.

However, when people think of a break in, they think of someone gaining entry in to their home through breaking a glass window or smashing down doors. Yet there are certain things which could actually extend an invitation to those unwanted intruders to make an attempt at getting into your home. An open balcony door for instance. The recent rape case in Bandra, Mumbai where a thief out on bail (infamously known in the ghetto where he resided as Chor Badshah or the King of Thieves) easily climbed up a drain pipe to get access through the open balcony door of an apartment and robbed and raped a young Spanish lady who was residing alone in the apartment at that time. The emotional, financial and physical turmoil that followed has easily scarred her for life even though the thief has been caught and is currently cooling his heels behind bars.

There are many places which are vulnerable to attack from an intruder to your home, and therefore you must set up a daily or nightly routine before retiring for the night which will then provide an intruder with less opportunities of breaking in to your home. Below, we look at what are considered to be some of the weak areas in your home security routine which could help to prevent any kind of break in from occurring.

Keys

In India especially in Mumbai, working couples think nothing before making duplicate keys and handing it over to their maids who usually come in to finish their chores after their employers have left for work during the day. This is a bad idea! Keys are also given to workers such as carpenters who are carrying out repair or interior work in the house. Of course then there is the ‘inner circle’ – the ‘trusted’ family and friends (for a little nookie!) who are given keys too for arbitrary purposes.

Although you may think it is a convenient idea, lending keys to family, friends and workers greatly increases the chances of your keys being placed into the wrong hands. Although the people you provide a key to might appear be completely trustworthy, you cannot control where the keys are once they are out of your hands. The chances of your keys being duplicated for the purpose of gaining illegal entry

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into your house are greatly increased. For example the lover of your friend who has come to your flat for some afternoon sex might turn out be a shady character with a criminal mind and could easily walk out of your apartment on some pretext and get a duplicate key made within 5 minutes. In Mumbai almost every locality has neighbourhood key guys who can duplicate any key within minutes. What is then stopping him / her to enter your flat one afternoon and disappear with your valuables while you are at away or at work blissfully unaware of the loss that is being perpetrated in your beloved precincts at that very moment!

So it is highly important that you think about whom you are issuing keys to,. Also very important – Always keep an eye on your own master key that you have with throughout the day. Do not keep your keys carelessly lying around especially in the living room in the presence of guests. Always keep your keys in a secret spot in your bedroom. Also, never ever place keys in those secret nooks and crannies outside the home, as the smart burglar will know exactly where to look for them.

A recent case that comes to mind and proves how carelessness can cost you your life is that of the young lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha who was brutally raped and murdered after the keys to her house which was carelessly abandoned in the living room was pocketed by the armed guard during a previous visit and who then easily entered her home the same night while she was sleeping and attempted to rape her. When Pallavi resisted his advances, the incensed guard slashed her throat with a knife by the psychotic guard. As Pallavi bled to death in the middle of the night, the guard quietly crept away. Pallavi had to pay for this error with her life.

Bottomline: Never ever hand out duplicates of your keys to servants, friends or other family members who may be good people but you cannot trust those desperadoes who these people may come in contact with. 

Locks

Doors which have handle locks are very easy for a burglar to get into, as all he requires is a plastic credit card. Therefore it is best if you install good quality deadbolts to all entry points (doors) into your home.

Door Entryways

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Always Use Deadbolts

Although you may have very good locks installed on all your exterior doors, they are only as effective as the actual strength of the door, the hinges and door frame. The weakest area on most doors is not the locks or hinges, but on the door frame in the area where the strike plate is located. 73% of all burglars gain entry through a door entry way and 80% of the time DOOR FRAME FAILURE is the cause. Beefing up your door frames is the #1 best (and least expensive) thing you can do to improve the security of your home.

Sliding Patio Doors or French Windows

These doors which are commonly found in most new apartment buildings in Mumbai have several distinct disadvantages to them when compared to other doors. The main reason is that they come with much less sophisticated locks on them. There are even some much older models which, unfortunately, can be easily lifted off of the tracks that they run on and provide any intruder with a way of gaining easy access to a home. Install collapsible iron grills directly behind the French Windows and Sliding Doors with immediate effect if you do not already have them installed. And of course it goes without saying, lock the collapsible metal gates with a heavy lock at night and every time you step out of your home.

Windows

Windows which are left open and unattended not only provide intruders with easy access, but they allow them to quickly view what is available to them. Install iron bars and grills outside your windows and ensure that they are periodically maintained and refitted especially after monsoons when they get all loose and rusty.

Gardens

Both shrubbery and trees provide a way of allowing intruders to gain access to your property. Not only do they provide ideal coverage, but can also provide them with ways to gain access to your home easily and quickly. Keep trimming excess foliage off the trees and ensure that the barks of a tree are at least 5 metres away from the windows of your apartment. If they any nearer have those branches cut off immediately.

Above we have looked at areas of the home where assistance can be provided to intruders to your property. But later we will be taking a closer look at some ways of improving your home security, and hopefully help to prevent intruders from wanting to try their luck and break in.

Lock The Windows Before Leaving Home

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Lock Your Windows

Everybody thinks that their home is secure. Today, most homes are now fitted with good quality doors and windows which have good quality locks and bolts fixed. Often when we are going out in the evening, we will draw the curtains and leave a few lights on to make it appear that there is someone in. However there are occasions, especially in summer seasons when the sun is still out as you are going out, that you decide not do this, and this unfortunately is when you are providing an opportunity to any burglar to gain easy access to your home.

Often an intruder, rather than trying to gain access through the front door as they are likely to be seen by your neighbors, will then try to gain access to your property at the back, usually through the back door and in the case of apartment buildings clamber on to a tree or drain pipes. Unfortunately, it will only take them a few attempts, and they can actually gain access to your home very quickly without your neighbors becoming aware that anything has trespassed.

When this type of break in occurs, then the burglar will only take things that are easy to carry, and in most cases can be placed inside a pillowcase such as smartphones, laptops, cameras, jewelry or cash. Generally, they will not bother to steal large electronic items like TV’s, desktop computers and stereo players because the returns are just not worth the risk involved.

Therefore it is wise that whenever you leave your home for any length of time, both during the day time, and at night, that you make sure everything is secure, and nothing can be seen from the road which is likely to tempt the burglar to try to gain entry to your property.

Do Not Let Workers Work Alone At Home

If you are having any work carried out on your home, it is not wise to leave the workers alone at home. I know that the majority of workers and contract labourers today can be trusted, but there are going

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to be occasions when the contractor you are using is new to you, and you have no idea about the credentials of the people that they employ. In Pallavi Purkayastha’s case the security agency did not

even perform a cursory background check of the Kashmiri guard before employing him and posting him as a guard at an upmarket residential complex.


Moral of the Story:
You have to remember that most often contractors and agencies are trying to grapple with too much work and not enough manpower and so random people who arrive everyday in Mumbai from India’s poorer regions are hired even though they may not meet basic skills and background requirements  Therefore when having work carried out on your home, arrange for either yourself or a partner or a close friend or family member to supervise them while they are in your home.

Unfortunately a lot of people today in India’s cities will often arrange to install a burglar alarms in Mumbai or home security system in Mumbai after they have had a bad experience in the past where an intruder has gained entry to their own property to to someone else’s home within their inner circle. This is a bit like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. It is therefore important that you start looking at ways to improve your home security to ensure that you do not just become another statistic.

Note: Feel free to republish this article on your own blog or website but please copy paste the below ‘Author Credits’ and include it at the bottom of your post or page. Thank you. 

Author Bio

Amit Sen, a commercial pilot by training, has over 15 years experience in the space of corporate investigations, handling Copyright & Trademark infringement cases, Pre – employment verification  Industrial Espionage investigations, Asset & Net – Worth assessment assignments and vendor / supplier verification cases, among others. Co-founder of Alliance One Detectives – which is the best matrimonial detectives Mumbai. Apart from specializing in marital investigations, Amit has also successfully completed assignments in a wide range of sectors, including the machine tools industry, pharmaceutical industry, hospitality sector, specialized equipment (Oil & natural gas sector, aviation industry etc.), telecom industry & the IT & ITes sectors. These cases have all involved both offline and online investigations.

Article edited and co-written by Atin Dasgupta who is the co-founder and marketing head of Alliance One. Read more about Atin here.



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Information on Home Residence Security Systems Available in the Market

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Do I need a home security system?

Mumbai Residence Security Agency To answer this question thoughtfully, you need to take a look at yourself and your living situation. To do that, I would ask these questions:

• Do you have a family living with you?
• Do you have any small children living with you?
• Do you have any pets?
• Do you have any valuable belongings?
• Most importantly, do you feel safe at night lying in bed?

Except for the last question, answering “yes” to any of those questions means you’ll most likely want to investigate owning some type of a security system.

But I already have a gun!

And that is excluding 99.9 % of the population in Mumbai! For the .01 % population holding a firearm licence, having a firearm is an excellent idea, but it doesn’t mean that you don’t need a residential security system. Remember that the gun only works if somebody is able to point it at the intruder and possibly pull the trigger. It doesn’t work if you’re asleep in bed or away from your home.

Using a gun against an intruder also means a great deal of stress and responsibility. Can you handle holding somebody at gunpoint until the police arrive? Are you ready to do the final act of shooting and possibly killing a person should they become violent and threaten you or your family?

What about having a dog?

It is still argued today that if you have a dog, then for the most part you shouldn’t need a security system. After all, most dogs bark at intruders and can successfully scare them away. Having a growling German shepherd on the other side of the door is an excellent type of criminal deterrence. What kind of person would want to challenge a dog like that? A foolish one I would say!

Some large, well trained dogs make excellent companions and security guards. Their faithful allegiance is told time and time again throughout history and movies especially Bollywood ones! It’s common to find news articles about dogs going against all odds to save the life of a family member, even if it means their own death. That kind of heroism and determination is simply laudable and without comparison.

The problem is that there will always be ways to get around a guard dog. Here are a few reasons:

• Dogs can be bribed to stay quiet. A dog treat, chewing gum or even a little peanut butter can go a long way. You may even make a friend out of the guard dog.

• Dogs can be put down with a gunshot or severe beating with a stick or crowbar.

• Dogs are not always on guard 24x7x365. A dog cannot guard your home when it’s out on a walk or visiting the veterinarian.

• Dogs may spend the night in a cage or isolated room. Intruders aren’t as fearful of trapped dogs.

Dogs are great for barking at intruders and showing force. The barking is loud, fearsome and should easily alert everybody in the house. But despite all of that, can you still count on a dog protecting your home at all hours every day?

Lets look at the types of Residential Security Systems that you are available in the market today as of December 2012.

Types of Home Security Systems

When considering a security system, there’s an important question you need to consider before proceeding. Do you want the intruder to be detected inside or outside your home? If you want the intruder detected while still outside your home, then you need to consider a perimeter security system. If you’d rather catch the burglar inside, then you will want to stick with an interior system.

That seems like a no-brainer question, but there is logic and reasoning behind both choices.

Perimeter Security System

As noted above, this is a system that is alarmed before the intruder enters your home. This type of system relies heavily on the usage of door contacts, window contacts and glass break detectors. The Security Alarms Company Mumbaimoment somebody opens a door or window, or breaks glass, then the alarm is activated.

Example:

Put yourself in the intruder’s shoes for a moment. You managed to sneak up to a home and quietly defeated a deadbolt lock. Just as you’re slowly swinging open the door the alarm starts blaring. You haven’t even made it a step into the home and you’ve already been detected. The police are probably being dispatched right now. Is it time to continue into the house and grab some stuff, or should you just get out of there as fast as possible without getting caught?

As you can probably guess, most thieves and burglars would rather stay on the run and live to burglarize another day (or night). The odds of that burglar returning again are between slim and none.

There are two main problems with using just a perimeter system: the cost and the size of the system.

1) Cost of a Residential Perimeter Security System

The cost of a Residential Perimeter Security System is a big factor. Each door and window contact costs money. Each glass break detector also costs money. Start counting all of the outside windows and doors, and multiply that by about Rs. 2,500/-. That will give you a good ballpark to start thinking about a perimeter system. A good security company like Alliance One in Mumbai will have a package deal and include a number of contacts for free.

2) Size

The size of the system is another factor. This will depend on your residential security system’s main control box, the control panel and your personal preference. If you want to know where the intruder is breaking into your home (either by the room or the actual doors/windows), then each set of windows needs to be in its own zone.

Zone 1 may be for the front door, Zone 2 for the living room windows, Zone 3 for the garage door, etc. A general rule of thumb is that most systems can handle between eight and ten zones. Otherwise, it is going to need a zone expander or two to handle the size of your system. The system’s control panel needs to be advanced enough to be able to know about the zones and let you know exactly where the trouble is being reported. Again, not every system has to be this way.

This is again up to your own preference.

The good thing is that if need be all of the windows and doors can be combined into the same zone. When the alarm goes off the system will not tell you exactly where in the house it is, but it will still work. If your home is monitored it will still report the alarm to the monitoring agency. The only difference is that you have to guess which entry point the burglar used.

Interior Residential Security System

This type of security system is designed to “trap” intruders on the inside of your home. As opposed to the perimeter system with all of its door and window contacts, the interior system mainly relies on the use of motion detectors. As the name implies, the intruder needs to be inside the building before any alarms are sounded.

Believe it or not, but there are two main reasons on why it is an advantage using an interior residential security system: simplicity and cost. 

1) Simplicity

A security system based on using motion detectors is usually fairly basic and simple to install. Using the detector’s wide field of view and ability to use line-of-sight, you can create “secure zones” such as hallways, garages and staircases. The far range and wide field of view gives a large square footage area of protection.

 

2) Cost

Generally, a security system mainly composed of motion detectors is substantially cheaper than using contacts in every door and window. Most security companies charge between Rs. 2,500/- and Rs. 5000/- for additional motion detectors. A home that would need 15-20 contacts may only need two or three motion detectors to provide protection.

Example:

Again, let us put ourselves in a burglar’s shoes and do another example. You managed to sneak up to the dark side of a home and found a window in the shadows. The window is easily forced open and you’re standing in the dining room. Seeing nothing of value you creep into the hallway and make your way to the family / entertainment room. After taking a step or two, all of a sudden the alarm sounds. Somebody turns on an upstairs light and you hear footsteps. Are you going to stay around for a while and do some looting, or is it time to get out before anybody can recognize you? A smart thief would flee instantly with his heart thumping like a maniac!

Disadvantages to using an Interior Residential Security System

1) Inside only

Residential Security to Deter Thieves IntrudersThe first problem was noted in the previous example. The intruder has to be inside the house before the alarm is sounded. Many people consider that idea revolting. They want that extra feeling of security by not allowing the intruder inside without being detected. This is especially true for families with small children or expensive possessions.

2) Modes of operation

The next problem is that the motion detectors are not to be used when you’re home and moving around the rooms. The best times to use the detectors are when you’re away or asleep. This may not be adequate protection if you’re living in a high crime area.

3) Pets

This is the main reason that animal owners stay away from using motion detectors. Different companies handle dogs with one of two different ways. First, they may use a special pet motion detector. These detectors need the animal to weigh at least 80 pounds before they’re detected. This allows most of the larger breeds of dogs to safely move around the home without setting off the alarms. The other method companies may use is to turn a regular motion detector upside down. This creates a small corridor near the floor so the pets can pass without detection.

What if an intruder were to also stay low to the floor?

The Cat Problem

The other problem with pets and motion detectors involves ordinary house cats. It’s a well known fact that cats love to jump onto furniture, bookshelves and other higher places. The jumping is what is noticed by the detector, and it’s treated as if an intruder was in the room. Even people with pet motion detectors have reported false alarms because of their pet cat. The best way to use motion detectors while having a pet cat is to keep the cat contained in a different room while the detectors are active.

Note: Feel free to republish this article on your own blog or website but please copy paste the below ‘Author Credits’ and include it at the bottom of your post or page. Thank you. 

Author Bio

Amit Sen, a commercial pilot by training, has over 15 years experience in the space of corporate investigations, handling Copyright & Trademark infringement cases, Pre – employment verification  Industrial Espionage investigations, Asset & Net – Worth assessment assignments and vendor / supplier verification cases, among others. Co-founder of Alliance One Detectives – which is the best matrimonial detectives Mumbai. Apart from specializing in marital investigations, Amit has also successfully completed assignments in a wide range of sectors, including the machine tools industry, pharmaceutical industry, hospitality sector, specialized equipment (Oil & natural gas sector, aviation industry etc.), telecom industry & the IT & ITes sectors. These cases have all involved both offline and online investigations.

Article edited and co-written by Atin Dasgupta who is the co-founder and marketing head of Alliance One. Read more about Atin here.



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