A Brief History of Security through the Ages

Security has changed a lot over the ages and thanks to developments in technology and science, it’s become a lot more effective and convenient for us. The great tried and tested security methods have stood the test of time, which we’ll touch on in this article.

Security of the Stone Age

As soon as humans first began having things of value, they wanted to guard it. Our early ancestors who spent a lot of time in caves did set up an early primitive security system, which they would be well and truly involved in. They used rocks, branches and whatever they could wield to defend their areas and property. Later when wolves were domesticated around 30,000 years ago in some parts of the world, they came to guard the home. In latter times came the guard dog which is still a form of security both for the home and business.

Security of Ancient Egypt

The earliest lock ever found was discovered in the ruins of the palace of Khorsabad of the city Nineveh, the capital of ancient Assyria. The ancient Egyptians continued with the lock, inventing an elaborate system of wooden pins on the outside of their doors. These were connected to bolts on the inside that held the doors shut. If you inserted the right key it would lift the pins and open the door or else the bolt would stay in place. These locks were used both in the home and at work. For extra precautions, the Pharaoh often employed night watchmen to keep watch over homes and towns. These watchmen would then alert soldiers of any dangers. The cat was a sacred animal to the Egyptians, and many believed it would warn its owners of a burglary through specific movements of its tail and body.

Security of Ancient Rome

When the Romans came around, they adopted and improved the Egyptian locks by replacing wooden locks with metal. This helped prevent the door from being broken down. Metal made it easier to produce better keys. The Romans established a huge empire, so they needed lots of security to protect it against intruders. They came up with an early form of a padlock known as a puzzle lock. Designed as a burglar deterrent, it ensured that whatever was secured could only be opened with the correct key. This padlock was made of bronze, had patterns on it and was usually shaped into the face of a god. Many Romans, especially rich ones, kept guard dogs to guard their villas and shops.

Security of the Middle Ages

When you think of the Middle Ages, you generally think of castles and knights. These two did in fact play a big role in security. For more than 600 years, the castle and its knights helped protect European towns and people from raids and invasions. The Middle Ages gave us a number of security measures like the crossbow, arrow, moat and bridge to stop intruders getting across, along with high walls to make it hard for intruders to get in. Many towns in Europe still have their castle and moat with their high walls. They serve as a reminder that humans need to protect themselves and their property against theft no matter what age we live in.

Security of the Industrial Age and Victorian Era

The Industrial Age and Victorian Era was the time of much progress, discovery and innovation in many different fields. One of these fields was security. The Victorians developed high security locks that are still in fact used today. Their lock manufacturing was of the highest quality. They have become highly valued to collectors of antiques. During the Victorian era there was a lot of poverty in places like Britain, America and even Australia. This meant that theft and burglary was high.

With advancements in science and electricity in the 1800s, early alarm systems were invented. These usually consisted of magnetic contacts on windows and doors. When tapped, they would send a signal through a series of wires that would sound the alarm. With further advancements in science and technology eventually came the sophisticated alarm systems of today.

Thanks to advancements in science and technology, security has come a long way. We now live with many different forms of digital security that help keep us and our property safe. Though tried and tested methods of a strong metal lock and a dog stand the test of time.


Twenty First Security is an Australian security system provider based in Melbourne, Victoria. We focus on providing high quality security products and services to suit, all at competitive rates. We’re passionate about helping people protect their property, whether it’s residential or commercial. Our team are readily available for security system consultations throughout the Melbourne metro and regional areas.

Simple Tips for Maintaining Your Security System

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It’s important that you maintain your security system to keep it in good working order. It can be easy to forget about it or put it on the back burner, though your security system (whether for your home or commercial premises) is vital to keeping your property safe. Follow our best tips for easy to follow methods for keeping your security system running optimally.

Don’t Ignore Any Signals

Often when a security system is malfunctioning or just not working as best as it could, it gives off signals. These could be a flashing light that doesn’t normally flash or a buzzing noise or any other sound that’s not supposed to be there. Don’t just simply ignore such signals, contact your security company and get them checked out.

Test Your Control Panel

Your control panel is the very heart of your security system so it’s essential that it’s in full working order. Ideally, you should test it every 6-12 months to make sure it’s working. Get a qualified security technician to come out and do further testing if there are ongoing issues.

Stay Aware of Updates

Just like with software updates for your phone or computer, there are updates for security systems. It’s important that you are aware of them as they can impact the functionality of your security system. Stay in the loop by speaking to your security company and if instructed by your security product provider, check for and install updates if your device offers them.

Schedule Inspections

Treat inspections of your security system like a medical check-up. Often, we dread them or just procrastinate over them, though we know they are important. The same applies to your security system inspections. You can, of course, carry out a DIY inspection, but just like with a doctor, you can’t go past a professional. A security inspection should ideally be carried out every 12 months.

Check Your Camera Placements

Make sure that your camera is positioned correctly, is producing clear images and is actually recording your property. Speaking with a security expert will help establish where the best placement for a camera is on your property. They will help identify potential blind spots in your property based on its layout and structure.

By implementing these simple and highly practical tips, you can rest assured that your security system will be in top working order. Contact our security team at Twenty First Security for more tips and inquiries about maintaining your security.

Security for When You’re Moving to a New Home

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Moving to a new home can be both exciting and stressful with so much to think about. One of the things you must think about is your security. After all, you want to make sure that your home is protected. Check out the following good practices you should implement for security of a new home.

Find Out What Security Is Already in Place

Its important to know what security is already in place at your new home, if any. These can include alarms, security systems, shutter blinds etc. From here you and your family can make the decision of either upgrading the existing security or simply repairing it and undertaking better maintenance than perhaps it previously had.

Research Your Area and Look at Crime Statistics

Research your area involves speaking to neighbours about crimes in the area but also utilising online tools that provide you with statistics about crimes. For Victoria, the Crime Statistics Agency regularly release statistics, and information on their website, crimestatistics.vic.gov.au. It is an invaluable resource.

Changing the Locks

Changing the locks on a new home is always a smart move since you can’t really be sure as to who has access to your property. Remember to change not just front and back door locks, but also any side doors, garage doors etc.

Know Your Home’s Easy Access Points

This is essentially knowing your home’s vulnerability spots – those areas that are easy targets for burglars to gain entry to your home. These include an easy to open window, a weak door, a pet door etc. Once you know them, do something about it!

Put in Place a Security Plan

Ideally all families when moving into a new home should discuss what security best works for their home. This is where you consider factors like the size of your home, your going ins and going outs, the safety of the area, friendly neighbours (that look out for you), your budget etc. From here you can speak to a security specialist who will further advise you on your best options.

Moving into a new home and need a hand to get the security in order? Contact Twenty First Security, the experts in home and commercial security systems in Victoria.

Questions You Must Ask before Choosing a Security Company

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When choosing a security company for your home or business or both, don’t just pick a company without doing proper research. You must ask questions to find out if they are the right security company for you. To help you, we’ve put together a range of questions you should ask.

How Long Have You Been in Business?

You want to choose a security company that is well established and licensed as this shows a good track record and credibility. In addition, a company that is well established is often affiliated with security associations and has won industry awards.

Twenty First Security have over 33 years of experience in the security product industry. We are licensed, a member of ASIAL (Australian Security Industry Association Limited) and winner of multiple Australian Achiever Awards in the Australian Security Industry Services and Supplies category.

Is Your Company Australian Owned and Operated?

Ideally you want to be supporting local industry and local operation. This makes it so much easier to source parts and speak to people that are actually based in Australia, not offshore.
Our team have been assisting Australian businesses, organisations and individuals with their security requirements for decades. We’re Australian owned and operate in Melbourne, Victoria.

What Brands Is Your Company Associated With?

Its essential that your security company is associated with high quality brands for you to be able to get high quality products. This extends to high quality installation, repairs, replacement, and monitoring.

Twenty First Security stock and provide only high quality brands that we have extensive experience with on the Australian market. This includes Bosch security systems, which we have effectively installed for years and have a proven reputation for reliability and quality.

What Type of Warranty Do You Give on Your Products?

Ideally you want your security company to offer you a good warranty on both your home security installation and your business security installation.

Do You Offer 24 Hour Monitoring?

A good security company offers you 24-hour monitoring with operators on standby at a control centre ready to deal with any emergency that comes up.

Twenty First Security provides 24 hour surveillance monitoring with a grade 1 monitoring station. Grade 1 is the only grade that ensures a police response to an alarm condition.

We hope these questions have got you thinking about what you should be looking for in a security company. For more good tips and help with security systems, both home and commercial, don’t hesitate to contact the security experts at Twenty First Security.

Security Trends to Adopt For 2020 and Beyond

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We know that technology changes at lightning speeds and security technology is no different. As a homeowner or business owner or both, it’s vital that your aware of the latest security trends. So that’s why we’ve compiled this list of the latest security trends for you.

Wireless Alarm Systems

Requiring no cabling whatsoever (less hassle for you), these are state of the art alarm security systems that are fast becoming a popular option for many businesses and homes. Some of their features include:

  • A message centre (local or remote recording of voice messages, with message notification after person arrives on premises and disables system).
  • Super easy accessibility (via a secure mobile, internet, or landline phone connection).
  • Real-time remote viewing (webcam connectivity allows view of premises inside/outside anytime, anywhere from any computer).

Automation

What was once seen as futuristic just a few years ago, is now an everyday reality. More and more businesses and homes across Australia and the world are becoming automated. With just a touch of a screen (phone or tablet), you can operate vital security operations on your premises without you or anyone else having to be there.

Infrared Cameras

Infrared cameras are the ideal solution for your night-time surveillance of your premises as they don’t require any visible light to capture media. They work by detecting heat energy and produce images through capturing radiation formed by the amount of temperature an object is emitting. This makes them perfect for capturing intruders who can’t hide the heat emanating from their bodies.

Smart Lights

Aside from their high energy efficiency smart lights can be set to turn on at specific times via your smartphone or computer. This means you can easily control them through your devices even when your away.

Door Locks With a Difference

Say bye bye to your standard dock locks and hello to these innovative door locks transforming door security. Consider these:

  • Digital door locks – work through an electronic impulse (card reader, keypad, or wireless remote-control sensor).
  • Keyless door locks- work through a smart entry system (access can be via phone/tablet).

Before 2020 is over, reassess your security and take advantage of some of these security trends. Our friendly and expert team are here to help you. Contact Twenty First Security today!

How Burglars Target Homes – Is Your Home a Target?

Burglar targeting a home.

All homes can be potential targets for burglars, so we’ve put together this useful little guide based on police research that shows you how to not make your home a target. Get the whole family familiar with it, so you’re all on the same page.

Easy Entry Points

Easy entry points are the most obvious and easiest for burglars to gain access to your home. They can be an open window, or just an easy to open window, an unlocked door, or an easy to open door like a pet door.

Your Movements

Aside from your usual going ins and going outs, burglars can monitor your social media. So, if you’re on vacation and posting pictures and updates, you’re essentially helping to make their job easier.

Your Locks

Its no-brainer that old rusty locks and low-quality locks are easy prey for burglars. Invest in quality locks. Change them immediately if you’ve moved into a new property or have been broken into previously.

Your Keys

You can be handing your home away to burglars when you do things like:

  • Handing keys to people like tradespeople and neighbours you don’t know really well.
  • Hiding keys in obvious spots like the doormat or under a pot plant.
  • Having your personal details on your keys (you could lose them or have them stolen).

Messages Left on Front Door

Messages left on doors shout ‘No One’s Home’. Just what burglars want. Tell people not to leave notes. In addition, plan to have parcels delivered when your home, so they are not left sitting on the doorstep.

No Alarm or Security System

One of the first things burglars do is check to see if you have an alarm or security system in place. These are a major deterrent. Make sure you always invest in a quality system.

Unkept Front

Things like a build-up of mail in your letter box, empty garbage bins lying on the street, unkept lawn etc can give away that you’re not home.

Protect your home from burglars by avoiding the above. For more great security tips and products to secure your home, contact our team of Australian security experts.

Do Fake Security Cameras Actually Work?

A fake security camera working with a red light.

In recent years, fake security cameras (dummy cameras) have become an alternative to traditional security cameras. Cheaper than real cameras, they are designed to look like the real thing. This has made them popular with some people. However, before you’re tempted to buy one, inform yourself properly.

How Do Fake Security Cameras Work?

Coming in a variety of shapes and sizes, they are made to look like a real security camera. Unlike a real security camera with a functional surveillance system, they work on a non-functional surveillance system via batteries. They usually have a blinking red light, their most prominent feature.

Cons of Fake Security Cameras

These cameras are cheap for a reason and ultimately come with more cons than pros for homeowners and business owners.

Blinking Red Light Gives Them Away

The blinking red light is rarely found on real security cameras, so this is an instant give away. It might deceive an amateur burglar, but to an experienced criminal, it’s easily detected. The red light exists to give people an impression of a functional security system being in place.

Gives You a False Sense of Security

It’s relatively easy to get a false sense of security with these cameras. You can become comfortable and somewhat lax with your own personal security measures. It’s easy to think a camera is better than no camera. You might even accidentally tell neighbours and other people. They could use this knowledge to their advantage.

Records No Criminal Activity

Given they have no control system or actual recording hardware, video footage cannot be recorded. Thus, if criminal activity has occurred on your premises, you won’t have any easily identifiable evidence to assist the police in solving the crime.

Legal Trouble

You might find yourself in legal trouble with these fake cameras. In the case of a business, your staff may be depending on these cameras to assist in protecting them. If a violent crime or theft were to occur at your business, staff may take issue with these cameras not actually recording any footage.

In all, it’s better to invest in a real camera that gives you real security. The extra cost can be well worth it. Contact our Australian security experts today to find out more about our great range of real security cameras.

4 Tips to Teach Your Children Good Security Habits

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Instilling good habits and routines with your children from an early age is important for their development. This will help them not only as a child but as a young adult and throughout their adult life.

Leading by example is a fantastic way to teach your kids good values. Plus, through following these good habits yourself, you and your children help protect your loved ones and the prized possessions of your family.

You’ll want to supervise these security methods at first when instructing your children. As they become competent at these, start to introduce more useful habits.

Lock the Doors and Windows

Show your children how to lock the doors and windows of your home and any external buildings, like a shed. Get them into the habit of doing so when you’re leaving the house or before everyone is going to bed.

Quality locks are a straightforward and standard way to keep opportunistic thieves out. Don’t underestimate the benefits of a good quality lock.

Looking after Their Possessions

Bicycles are a great catalyst for teaching your kids about the benefits of keeping their possessions safe. Teach your kids to not leave bikes on the front lawn, driveway or path, away from opportunistic thieves passing by (and away from becoming a tripping hazard for you). Show your children where to store their bikes and how to securely lock them away.

The same goes for other toys left around, particularly those toys left outside and in public view. By storing these away when they’re done playing with them, they can keep them out of sight of opportunistic thieves and again, away from becoming a tripping hazard.

Teaching kids how to look after their possessions helps them develop a sense of responsibility, passing on as they get older and while they’re living with you, helping keep your home tidier.

Being Prepared for Emergencies

Have a plan for when things go wrong and your children are home alone or their supervising adult is unavailable. Provide them with a list of numbers of trusted people they can call in an emergency. This could include 000, a trusted neighbour or family friend or your partner’s mobile phone.

Answering the Door and Phone Calls

If your children have a phone or your place has a home phone, instruct your children on how to answer the phone properly.

Teach your kids that they shouldn’t detail they’re home alone. If someone wants to speak with you, instruct your children that they should tell them that you’re busy. Your children can take a message and should get the caller’s name, number and reason for their call.

You children should not give any information like their address, phone number or name or school name.

When answering the door, teach your children about talking through the door. Like when answering the phone, they shouldn’t tell people that they’re home alone. Install a peephole so they can see who they’re talking to.

If the person at the door doesn’t leave, instruct your kids to call a trusted adult.

COVID-19 is Moving People Towards Touchless Security Systems

Person using facial recognition touchless security system.

The pandemic is causing many businesses and not-for-profits to reconsider how they interact physically with stakeholders. Consumers are pushed more towards touchless payment systems, like Visa payWave and MasterCard PayPass. Some airports are making the switch to touchless systems for check ins. Even security and access control systems like key cards and biometric scanners are being reconsidered to deal with the pandemic situation.

Biometric Security Systems

Biometric access control and security systems have become standard for many businesses and the convenience that they offer. No complex constantly changing passwords are required, instead using a person’s fingerprint or a form of retina or facial recognition. These systems are a lot more difficult to breach than some more traditional security methods, partly thanks to further improvements in biometric technology like liveness detection and 3D facial recognition.

Access Control

Along with biometric options, numerous access control systems exist on the Australian market which can vary greatly in complexity. These system include and are not limited to key based options, key cards, intercoms, digital door locks and keypads. The benefit of access control can be fantastic for helping businesses, organisations and residents improve and monitor their security.

Moving Towards Touchless Systems

Where some of these security systems mentioned above fall short throughout the pandemic is when users have to touch them. Numerous members of the public have fears that some surfaces could hold virus risks, prompting people to avoid physical security systems wherever possible. The revenue of and investment in contactless biometrics is expected to increase this year (biometricupdate.com). Systems like touchpads/keypads, physical keys and fingerprint scanners may see a drop from the pandemic.

Fortunately, for the safety of your stakeholders, touchless alternatives do exist on the market today and are being readily improved. Facial recognition technology doesn’t require a user to touch anything. Various teams throughout the world are working on technological improvements so users can continue wearing masks and the facial recognition will continue to function properly. Numerous key card systems also allow you to place the key card near the sensor without having to actually touch it.

Twenty First Security has implemented numerous touchless systems over the years and we keep on top of the security industry developments to benefit all of our customers/clients. Enquire with our expert security team today if you’re interested in moving towards touchless systems and protecting your stakeholders. Stay well, look after yourself and those around you.

Why Businesses Need to Remember Physical Security

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Staying on top of your cyber / computer security is absolutely important, though too often we see businesses forget about their security on a physical front.

After all, cyber security measures can be made useless if someone is able to simply walk into your building and steal drives, devices and equipment, or if a staff member is careless and loses a device.

Poor physical security of premises can lead to more than just theft of equipment. If a malicious person is able to obtain the sensitive data of your company, this could incur massive detrimental costs to not only the finances of your company but to the reputation as well.

Instilling Security Conscious Behaviour in Your Staff

Make a security-conscious attitude part of your work environment and educate your staff on your security practices and technology, along with their benefits. Mobile devices like smartphones, laptops and external hard drives are portable and easy to move around, making them more susceptible to theft. Consider encrypting devices that are provided to staff with strong passwords, helping prevent unauthorised physical access.

Monitoring and Controlling Access to Your Premises

Access control systems are one of the strongest forms of security you can use to protect your property. They include and are not limited to key card based systems, keypads and various powerful keyless systems.

Various access systems allow you to monitor who, when and where people access your business’s areas. These can be combined with a quality Australian surveillance monitoring service to enhance your security further by making sure your premises are monitored at all hours.


If you’re looking to confidentially discuss and upgrade the security of your business, our skilled team are here to help, with over 33 years of experience. Contact our security team now for expert advice and solutions.