It’s important that you take the time to review the available CCTV options in Dublin for your home. Finding that ideal CCTV system is crucial to achieving optimal home security. Our team specializes in the selection and design of CCTV components. In this latest post, we’ll highlight how to choose the best CCTV unit for your Dublin home.
Wireless home CCTV security systems are becoming a more popular option as homeowners seek to protect their properties. But perhaps one of the most confusing elements about selecting a wireless system is in knowing how the systems are powered and how to get the most value for money when choosing a wireless product. In this post, we’ll go into more detail on wireless CCTV home security systems, and explain their value within the marketplace.
Top ten reasons to have Phonewatch installed in your home
1. The New PhoneWatch Smart Alarm System utilises the latest technology available to enable the GARDAI respond immediately to an activation of your Smart PhoneWatch Alarm. Once the motion sensors with built in cameras are triggered, the monitoring centre will receive instant visual notifications which they can then act upon.
2. Unlike other monitored alarm systems, which depend on a second sensor activating the alarm to gain GARDA response, the PhoneWatch alarm uses the captured snap shot as verification of a genuine alarm activation can then contact the relevant authorities immediately.
3. All the equipment is wireless with the exception of the control panel which has no markings, it is located in a discreet location unlike other wireless panels that have the keypad built in and can be vulnerable if a home is broken into. The wireless equipment can be installed with little or no disruption and the majority of systems are installed within 2-3 hours.
4. Your Smart Wireless keypad is easy to use and can be located and mounted at the exact location that you specify in your home.
5. The Wireless Smoke Alarm is monitored even when your alarm is turned off. If your smoke alarm is activated, through the use of the PIR Cameras a fire can be verified and the PhoneWatch team can then contact the relevant authorities.
6. An App can be downloaded for all PhoneWatch Smart Systems, Android or Apple. You can arm, disarm and check the status of the alarm from a remote location all from the palm of your hand, so don’t worry if you can’t remember whether you set your alarm, you can simply tap the app on your phone and check the status. Only registered users of the Alarm System are allowed download the app.
7. There are unlimited maintenance visits with the PhoneWatch Alarm System and a lifetime guarantee on all alarm system parts and labour.
8. PhoneWatch will provide cover for emergency break in repairs, e.g. if your window is damaged due to a break in PhoneWatch will organise temporary repairs whilst you are waiting on a glazier to fix same. This is deemed to be an unlikely occurrence as the PhoneWatch alarm system acts a huge deterrent.
9. 24 Hour Customer support for all PhoneWatch customers, so if you have a problem all you need to do is pick up the phone.
10. With the PhoneWatch Smart Alarm there is a full three year warranty on all batteries.
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With the increase in break-ins we really need to be vigilant and take proper precautions to keep the burglars at bay. The days are long gone when we could leave our homes unlocked whilst we were out, but irrespective of that, many break-ins take place during daylight and quite often when we are home.
The gardai tell us that many break-ins are opportunistic and that a large percentage don’t even need a forced entry – the burglar goes through an open window or uses the keys that are left under the door mat. Sometimes the intruder even enters through the unlocked back door when you are upstairs.
Other burglaries are often carried out by a rogue tradesman who searches for such an opportunity. Be wary of cold callers that offer to clean your windows or clear your guttering. Genuine tradesmen would have no problem providing you with ID or a business card and you can check them out before you allow them to enter your home. Getting an Intercom System fitted is a good way of checking who is at the door before you open it.
Don’t be fooled by a leaflet or business card that only has a mobile phone number on it and no address – anyone can have these printed up very inexpensively. When you need work done it is better to use someone who has been recommended to you rather than someone who calls to your door.
You should consider getting CCTV for your home or an alarm system fitted. There are some great deals on Alarm Systems (currently with free intercom), and a Home CCTV System could cost less than you think.
It is easy to become complacent so keep the following tips in mind:
- Don’t leave spare keys under the flower pot or door mat – this is the first place a burglar will look.
- Don’t label your keys – you are potentially helping an intruder determine how to gain entry to your home.
- External security lights are a good deterrent.
- Ask for identification from cold callers, and check it is legitimate.
- Lock your doors behind you when you enter your home. This includes the back door when you come in from the garden.
- Lock all doors and windows when you leave the house. Have deadlocks fitted on external doors – and ensure you use them.
- Don’t leave your keys in the hall beside your front door – this is the first place an intruder will look. Take car keys upstairs with you at night time.
- Use timers on internal lights when you are out. It is also possible to fit timers to stereos or televisions.
- If you are going on holiday, cancel any milk/paper deliveries and have a family member or neighbour collect your mail so it doesn’t obviously overflow.
- Consider an alarm or CCTV for home security.
Security Cameras are now widely used by home owners to check on their homes whilst they are away. Once installed and connected to your broadband, you can just tap your iphone and view your CCTV System.
Quite a lot of home owners are now installing a text dialler or voice dialler as an addition to their alarm systems, this negates the need for central monitoring on your alarm. So when your alarm is triggered, a text or a call is made to your phone and you can then view your cameras and determine whether it’s a genuine alarm activation or not.
Most people now install Infra-red cameras which will see in darkness up to a certain distance depending on the specification of the camera. The infra red on a camera operates similar to a torch in complete darkness, so if it is bouncing off objects you will get a better result from your camera in complete darkness. The best way to ensure you get the best performance from your cameras at night time is to have a number of security lights installed, low wattage is fine so you don’t end up replacing bulbs all the time.
The best location for your CCTV recorder is to securely locate it in the attic, however this sometimes can be cumbersome to access, if so in most cases a cable can be extended for a TV and also for the mouse which controls all functions on the CCTV recorder, you can then operate the system with the mouse at the relevant TV.
For homes dome Cameras are normally the preferred choice of camera and are normally installed on the soffit of the house, however most dome cameras are 3-axis and can be mounted flat on the house if required. When choosing a CCTV camera it is important to choose one that has an adjustable lens, this will enable you to choose your desired view from your camera, if you opt for fixed lens camera it will be cheaper but once the camera is mounted you will not be able to adjust the view of the camera.
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