Home Security Options for Renters

Just because you’re renting doesn’t mean you can’t have a secure dwelling. Many renters give up on the idea of home security early, thinking there will be too much of a hassle to make it worthwhile or they may not be allowed such by their landlord and real estate.

Today there are a whole range of options available that can be effectively implemented in a rental apartment or house that are subtle and may not require major modifications to the property.

We’ve seen multiple cases where tenants are quite surprised at their property managers reaction to their request to improve the security. Many landlords appreciate the idea that their tenant will be happier and more secure, plus the reduced risk of a break in or damage to the property (keeping insurance claims and repair costs down).

Where to Start?

To get started, speak with an Australian certified and experienced security product provider. They’ll be able to provide you with options for your unique situation. There’s a whole range of variables to take into account, such as the amount of windows your property has, where it is located, whether it is an apartment in a complex or individual house and more, which is why it’s great to chat to a professional who understands what needs to be done for effective security in the vast range of Australian living environments. These professionals focus on understanding the intricate requirements for property security, passing the knowledge and peace of mind onto you.

Depending what can be done for your property, you’ll then need to speak with your landlord, real estate agent or property manager to confirm if these improvements can be made.

Wireless Security Systems

In some cases, fitting a wired security system may be impossible due to being unable to drill through the walls or your landlord / real estate agent may not be comfortable with the modifications required for a wired system. Wireless systems can offer an effective alternative here, plus you can take the system with you when you move.

If you’re renting in the Melbourne area, Twenty First Security are here to help you with expert advice backed by decades of experience assisting renters. Contact us now to find out more.

 

When a Professional Security System Installation Beats a DIY Job

 

It’s time to protect your property, assets and family with a quality security system that keeps your home and business safe. Though what do you pick? There’s a huge range of options available on the market today; some of these options are great, some you should steer clear of. It can be confusing and worrisome, though with a industry professional helping you, you can save a lot of time and receive the security you need to keep what’s important to you safe.

You’re right about needing to protect your property and loved ones too, with burglary / break and enter crimes not stopping any time soon in Victoria. According to the Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) that publishes Victorian crime statistics, there were 40,397 cases of burglaries along with break and enter cases during 2018 (see stats).

Peace of Mind That the System Works

There is the potential that if a security system isn’t setup properly, it will fail to work during a break in or other alarm condition. Obviously this is exactly what you don’t want.

It can be tricky to setup and test a wired or wireless security system. This is where a professional has the expertise to effectively setup and test your system so you can be assured it will work if an alarm condition were to occur.

Warranty

When installing a security system yourself, you’ll find the components / individual parts may come with a warranty. If you are to incorrectly install them or damage them, it would most likely void the warranty on the system.

When a quality professional installs your security system, you will receive a warranty for the system and the work they have conducted. This added peace of mind can be well worth the cost of a professional assisting you.

Before going ahead with a professional, make sure to ask them for the details of the warranty they offer with their systems. Whether using a professional or a DIY option, a quality provider or manufacturer should offer a good warranty to suit.

A Clean and Quick Installation

A skilled provider will be able to install your security system quickly and cleanly. No messy wires, no dodgy exposed cables and no headaches from you trying to figure out what cables go where (they’ll take care of all of this for you).

Industry Knowledge Providing What Works Best for Your Situation

The security product market is constantly changing. Not every security product is created equal, either. Navigating this confusion and complexity can be made quick and painless with advice from a quality Australian security product provider. Their experience and extensive knowledge of the industry and what works well in Australia can fast track you towards having an effective system that protects your home, business and any other premises.

 

When you’re looking for a security system that is effective, powerful and integrates subtly with your premises, then give our professional team at Twenty First Security a call now on 1300 315 522 or send your enquiry.

Give Yourself More Time While Your Business Security Is Monitored Professionally

We see it all the time when business owners don’t have time to spare, are stressed out because of this and then they are constantly checking their security systems when they’re home, out and about or trying to conduct business. A good manager knows when it is time to delegate a task. It’s absolutely understandable that you want your business to be secure, though you deserve time for yourself as well.

When you want more free time, read the tips we’ve compiled that can help you select a security monitoring service that thoroughly and effectively protects your business premises at all hours.

How Does a Monitoring Service Work?

With an ideal security provider, trained operators keep an eye on the security system of your business at specified times or all times if required. They actively check the security systems of your business for multiple potential problems such as burglary, fire, medical emergency plus even mains power and backup battery failure. If an alarm condition / problem does occur at your premises, then depending on the service level, they will dispatch the police, patrol officer, fire brigade or ambulance to the location. You can also arrange for the monitoring provider to contact you or specified contacts depending on the alarm condition.

Not All Security Monitoring Services Are Equal

There are a range of security monitoring services available in Australia, though did you know that not every one of them offers the same level of comprehensive monitoring?

Before going ahead with a security monitoring service, there’s a few points you should keep in mind:

Is the Service Active at All Hours / Days?

Depending on when your business is active, you’ll most likely want the security monitored throughout every day of the year. Quality providers offer 24 hour monitoring, 7 days a week, every day of the year.   Relax knowing that whether you’re surviving the heat of an Australian Christmas or attending that special someone’s birthday party, extensively trained professionals are working away, monitoring the security systems of your business.

Are the Operators Trained?

Check with the provider how well trained the operators are. A good reputable provider will be able to tell you the extensive training and quality standards that their staff and business are put through to deliver you a reliable and effective service.

Does the Provider Force You into a Contract?

Some security monitoring providers force you into a contract for say 6 or 12 months. Be wary of this as  there are providers out there who offer you no lock in contract services of the same if not better quality.

Will the Police Respond to an Alarm?

For police to respond to an alarm condition from a security monitoring provider, their facility must have the appropriate grading. Grade 1 monitoring facilities are the only variant which can ensure a police response to an appropriate alarm trigger.

 

If you feel now is the time to enhance your business with professional security monitoring that ticks all the boxes, contact Twenty First Security on 1300 315 522 or send your enquiry. Our expert team are happy to discuss the various options in detail that are available for your unique situation. With over 33 years of experience, you can be sure you’ll be receiving industry leading advice based on tried and tested products that really work.

 

3 Trends We See in 2019 for Access Control Security Systems

Technology changes at an incredibly fast rate and the technology behind  access control systems is not external of this.

We’re always keeping on top of the latest security hardware in the Australian market (it’s what we do). Here are 3 of the big trends shaping access control systems in 2019.

Mobile Verification and Management

Smart phones of today have revolutionised the way many of us live with an incredible conveniance. More and more customers desire the ability to use their mobile to monitor and modify their access control system, whether it’s at work or home. Common desires from customers include:

  • The ability for them to be informed by text or call as soon as a access control system detects a break in attempt / failed code attempt.
  • To be able to open and unlock the entrances and exits from their phone or tablet wherever they are.
  • Set and modify user access from their phone or tablet.

There’s a large demand for these mobile capabilities not only from residential security users but from businesses and organisations of all sizes.

Many manufacturers are actively creating mobile applications and integrating their products with smart phones and tablets to keep up with the rising demand and new capable mobile devices available. It’s an exciting area of development in terms of business security and conveniance.

Video Management

Quickly being able to see who is attempting to enter your premises via your mobile device or control panel is desired among all levels of access control security consumers. Consumer demand along with faster, more powerful internet networks and devices keep manufacturers busy to constantly upgrade and enhance their video related features.

Cameras are becoming more powerful and less costly for effective results. 4K/8MP camera options for example continue to improve in terms of cost and performance (continuing on from 2018). The integration of these powerful cameras with access control systems is desired by many security users for their extensive benefits of sharper, more detailed images with higher quality low light.

Cloud-based Access Control

Following from the integration with mobile devices, people and in particular large companies want to be able to monitor and modify their access control systems from any location and any device, in particular their phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers.

Cloud-based access control systems can provide a user with the ability to store their data securely and external of their premises or device. Backups can be easily obtainable through this method, giving residential and commercial users new flexiblity and peace of mind in terms of costly and sometimes troublesome data storage. As digital data storage solutions improve, the cloud-based options are becoming increasibly effective and worthwhile.

Cloud based access control systems are particuarly popular for larger organisations and businesses. With the constant development of technologies and availability of better security systems for the average person, cloud-based access control systems are becoming more and more popular for people at home and with small businesses.

 

To find out more how an access control security system could help you in 2019, contact our expert team at Twenty First Security.

Business Security Systems to Keep Your Employees Safe (Part3/3)

As the security system landscape is constantly evolving, staying up to date with the latest trends and technology is important. This not only ensures you stay ahead of the game but also helps keep your premises safe and ahead of potential criminal activity.

However, one increasingly important consideration is that while keeping your premises safe is important, keeping your employees safe should be at the top of the list for business owners.

Throughout this three-part series, we offer several ways that a commercial security system can help address this:

Minimise access of outsiders with the right controls

Having clear policies and procedures in place for who can access premises is a standard procedure all commercial properties need to adopt. Some examples of processes and technology that can help enable this include:

  • Keyless access, keypads and access control systems to control who can access your business premises
  • Identification badges for physical verification
  • Video recognition and surveillance
  • Biometric and digital access control technology

These systems can be as simple or as complex as needed, however the key point is that it needs to suitable for your business. This can be done via a full security assessment by contacting us here.

Read more about the security options we offer here.

A safe environment will not only help you retain staff members, it facilitates an environment that makes employees feel wanted and part of the overall success.

Contact us to discuss your commercial security system and how it will be able to help your business protect your most important assets – your employees. We service the greater Melbourne area.

Business Security Systems to Keep Your Employees Safe (Part 2/3)

As the security system landscape is constantly evolving, staying up to date with the latest trends and technology is important. This not only ensures you stay ahead of the game but also helps keep your premises safe and ahead of potential criminal activity.

However, one increasingly important consideration is that while keeping your premises safe is important, keeping your employees safe should be at the top of the list for business owners.

Throughout this three-part series, we offer several ways that a commercial security system can help address this:

Install a commercial alarm system

Commercial alarm systems are available hard wired, wireless or a combination and have the flexibility to be able to address many security concerns. The key features include:

  • Sensors to protect windows and doors
  • Motion sensors to detect movement
  • Panic switches
  • Siren and strobe lights
  • Smoke and heat detectors

Business owners cannot afford to leave any of their or their employees valuables exposed to risks like theft or sabotage. This includes expensive equipment like computers as well as inventory, customer data and employee’s personal belongings. A reliable security system built for commercial use is essential as a first line of defence against theft and misconduct. Read more here.

Business Security Systems to Keep Your Employees Safe (Part 1/3)

As the security system landscape is constantly evolving, staying up to date with the latest trends and technology is important. This not only ensures you stay ahead of the game but also helps keep your premises safe and ahead of potential criminal activity.

However, one increasingly important consideration is that while keeping your premises safe is important, keeping your employees safe should be at the top of the list for business owners.

Throughout this three-part series, we offer several ways that a commercial security system can help address this:

Establish monitoring polices through video surveillance

By implementing the correct video surveillance and 24-hour monitoring set up (through CCTV or other means), business leaders will have insight to be able to retroactively monitor any issues that may arise. The typical benefits that can be realised include:

  • Managing internal staff safety and compliance
  • Harassment prevention
  • Unwanted third party involvement
  • Suspicious activity

Video surveillance in the workplace will ultimately allow you to operate with more effectiveness while limiting the liability as the business owner. Twenty First Security offers 24-hour monitoring of your security system from our state of the art Grade 1 central monitoring station in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. This grading is the only one which can ensure a police response to an alarm condition. Read more here.

Three Key Things to Look for When Buying a Commercial Security System

Installing a commercial security system is one of the most important decisions you can make for your business. Think of it as an investment that will provide ongoing protection for your livelihood.

Having a security system in place will help deter crime on your premises while giving you peace of mind. Whether you’re looking for the best 24-hour surveillance monitoring Melbourne has to offer or perusing the list of Twenty First Security options in search of something which fits your unique needs, here are some aspects you should consider before purchase.

Wireless System

If a security system was previously installed at your place of business, you’ll need to ensure the equipment used is up-to-date. If you have an older system, chances are it was hard-wired, which means electrical cables were used to connect everything together. This makes it easy for a would-be thief to dismantle the system, simply by cutting the power line.

Electrical cables also restrict the placement of cameras, sensors and any other features included in your security system due to the limited reach of the wires. Criminals can also target these wires, disconnecting the equipment, cutting off all surveillance and monitoring capabilities.

If you have an older, hard-wired system, you’ll want to consider swapping it out for a wireless option instead. Twenty First Security offers a wide range of wireless capabilities, eliminating these potential threats altogether. By taking advantage of the best commercial security systems Melbourne has to offer, you can rest easier knowing your business is truly secure.

Remote Monitoring

Another common, and very important feature of business security systems Melbourne residents have come to rely on is remote monitoring. This allows you to always know what’s going on at your business from any location.

Remote monitoring can work in a couple of different ways. One is through a monitoring service that will contact you if a break-in or suspicious activity occurring on the property. This can be done via a phone call or text message, depending on your preference.

The more advanced way of remote monitoring allows you to actually view your business whenever you choose. Any time you want to check in, simply use your computer or smart phone to access what the camera is picking up.

Remote monitoring can add to your peace of mind, and is a feature you definitely won’t want to do without. Whether you choose to use the monitoring service, the option to view it yourself or both, you’ll find it adds a higher level of protection to your business.

Backup

With the proliferation of technology and the complexity that comes with it, expecting the unexpected is the norm. However, when it comes to securing your premises, you need more of a guarantee.

Having a backup system is a requirement in the case of a power outage or unexpected failure. A good quality security system will switch to a backup system automatically in the event of a failure. It’s almost like an insurance policy.

While this takes many forms and the architecture will vary, the key point is that it is integrated with your system and works on autopilot. This will ensure you are not wasting your money on redundant backup systems and will be protected 24/7 without intervention.

The advanced technology of today has greatly increased the security capabilities offered in systems of all types. No matter what features you choose for your commercial protection, you’ll find everything you need at Twenty First Security.

From the Bosch security alarms that Melbourne residents rely on, to the excellent service you’ve come to expect, you’ll find all the must-have features in one place. Be sure to explore all the options and their benefits before deciding which ones are right for you and your business.

Trends Shaping Home Security In 2019

According to Perfect Home Defence, “Experts say it is a high time to invest in home security systems. Technological advancements are shaping up the home alarms. Soon modern security systems will overtake the conventional alarms. They already have, in fact. Even if you have an alarm system at home, you would soon be replacing it with the newer monitoring system”.

See below for six trends that will shape up the home security industry in 2019:

  1. 2 Way Voice Communication

  2. Crash & Smash Technology

  3. Video Surveillance & Live Streaming

  4. 24-Hour Monitoring

  5. Security Automation

  6. Geo-Fencing

See the full article with insight here.

 

Why you need 24 hour security for your business

A quality professional security system is a necessity for your business because it provides several important benefits. Think of it as an investment that saves you time and money, while helping to prevent theft of valuable assets. When seeking the most comprehensive 24 hour surveillance monitoring Melbourne has to offer, consider the implications of not choosing a security option at all.

If your business is broken in to, it’s possible you’ll incur not only the cost of missing items, but also the expense of repairing damage caused by the break-in itself. One act of theft alone can wind up costing you a significant amount of money, which can result in unfortunate hardships.

This makes 21st century security even more relevant than ever, especially when you factor in all the technology now used to run a business. Below are reasons why investing in 24-hour security will add value to your business and give you peace of mind.

A Security System Pays for Itself

When you spend a few hundred dollars on a security system, you could actually save thousands. It only takes mere minutes for thieves to steal cash, technology or other valuable assets essential to your business. When this occurs, you’ll likely spend a lot of time replacing what was taken from you.

Adding security 24 hours a day will protect both your physical assets and important data. Features like CCTV and access control can help you to rest easier knowing proper steps have been taken to keep your business safe.

Get Updates in Real-Time

These days, the commercial security systems Melbourne has to offer include much more than just an alarm and additional equipment. Now you can monitor what’s going on at your business from anywhere. Simply opt to have security updates sent to you via email or your mobile phone. Having this capability available can reduce stress while placing valuable information at your fingertips.

Employees Will Feel Safer

When a quality security system is in place 24 hours a day, your employees will feel safer both at work and while away. This also provides a safer working environment for those times when they need to log over-time or work late shifts, which is typically when thieves are likely to strike.

Focus On Your Business

Because a security system is monitored 24 hours a day by a dedicated agency, you can focus all your time and energy on your business. Leaving all security measures in the hands of a company who has your best interest in mind means less stress and more focus on customers and sales.

Protect Your Business While You’re Away

When away on business or taking vacations, a security system will give you that added protection and much-needed peace of mind. Both the security and monitoring companies will take care of your business 24/7, leaving you free to travel without worrying about what’s going on with your company when you’re gone. The Bosch security alarms Melbourne provides are equipped with the latest features, ensuring greater security than ever before.

Offer Choices That Matter

When choosing a quality security system, you’ll have access to a wide array of features that provide varying levels of security. For example, you can utilise complex coding systems to determine how and when employees gain entry into the building.

Skilled and trained security professionals will help you create the access levels that best fit your safety and security needs while you’re  away. You’ll be able to monitor this security remotely, and will even have the ability to make certain changes if necessary.

Want to learn more about the best business security systems Melbourne provides? Contact Twenty First Securitytoday for information on the options that are right for you and your business.