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    Building or Renovation: The ideal time to setup cabling and security

    Think about your home's data and security needs during any prewiring planning for home new builds or major renovations.

    Think about your home’s data and security needs during any prewiring planning for home new builds or major renovations.

    If you are planning or building a new home, or starting on a major renovation, then there a few things around networking and home security that you can think about now that will save you some headaches further down the track. This is especially true if you can plan for any required data cables while your electrician is on-site and before your wall linings (i.e. GIB board) and wall finishes are complete.

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    CleverLoop Security Stand at Courier-Mail Brisbane Home Show: March 16 – 19, 2017

    CleverLoop Home and Small Business Security to be exhibiting at the March 2017 Brisbane Home Show

    CleverLoop Home and Small Business Security to be exhibiting at the March 2017 Brisbane Home Show

    Great news!! CleverLoop has confirmed a stand at the March 2017 Brisbane Home Show, one of the biggest in Australia, so we’ll be showcasing the CleverLoop home and small business camera security systems. Come along and say hello if looking after your home, your family or your possessions is important to you.

    If the Brisbane Home Show is anything like the other shows we’ve exhibited at, it’ll be busy times especially given the show specials that we typically run!

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    What are the chances of your home being broken into?

    Statistics about burglary and break-in rates for Australia compared to New Zealand

    Statistics about burglary and break-in rates for Australia compared to New Zealand

    Statistics about the number of burglaries that happen across Australia each year are patchy at best, so it’s hard to get a feel for how at risk your home or business might be. The best data we have seen is from the AIC (Australian Institute of Criminology) where recorded crime statistics are published every year. Although it’s a fairly dry read, there are a few numbers that leap out.

    In 2013 just over 200,000 cases of break and enter or burglary were reported to the police across Australia.  Other reports from AIC, such as Counting the Cost of Crime in Australia suggest that only half of cases are actually reported though, so the real number is probably over 400,000 incidents a year. What is even more worrying is that only somewhere between 10 to 20% of reported property crimes are solved, and if you included unreported incidents, this clear-up rate halves to between 5 and 10%.

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    What is CCTV?

    Some of the different types of CCTV security cameras that are used for security in home and business settings.

    Some of the different types of CCTV security cameras that are used for security in Australian homes, businesses and sometimes even education settings.

    CCTV is the acronym for Closed-Circuit Television, but it is also known as a video surveillance system. Over recent years, CCTV has become a popular security method for both home and small business owners as the costs continue to decrease and the range of easy to use features grows. Here’s a bit of a summary of what CCTV is, how it’s developed and how it works.

    CCTV systems use video cameras to transmit a video signal to a specific place and generally to a limited set of monitors. The main parts of a system include the cameras, which obviously need to be placed in a good location for surveillance, the observation of the camera’s input somewhere and also the storage of the video footage for later uses.

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    Burglary Prevention Tips for Australian homes

    There are a lot of small improvements that you can do yourself to reduce the chance of a burglary.

    There are a lot of small improvements that you can do yourself to reduce the chance of a burglary.

    Figures show that over 200,000 burglaries take place in Australia each year. The disturbing fact is that about 20% of burgled houses will be broken into more than once and on average, 1 out of about every 40 houses in Australia will be burgled in a given year. Astonishingly, that works out to a burglary about every 3 minutes. And we are not alone as a country…

    Each year in the USA alone there are about 2 million reported burglaries – that works out to roughly one break in every 15 to 20 seconds! And in the UK a burglary takes place every 40 seconds, amounting to more than a million householders falling victim to the crime. The number of break and enters taking place seems quite unbelievable when you take a look at these sort of statistics, and that’s just for the three countries listed above!

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    Wireless Pet Friendly Alarm System

    Pet friendly security systems don't send you alarms every time your cat or dog moves around your home.

    Pet friendly security systems don’t send you alarms every time your cat or dog moves around your home.

    Being safe is extremely important when it comes to your home, which is why so many people now have home security systems to alert them to intrusions and security breaches. In theory this should work well in allowing homeowners to act quickly should they fall victim to criminal activity. However, things don’t always go to plan especially if you have motion detectors or security cameras that are picking up dogs, cats and other pets within the home.

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    How Cell Phones Changed the Security Industry

    As cell phones have progressed to smart phones, their use in home security has revolutionised the security industry.

    As cell phones have progressed to smart phones, their use in home security has revolutionised the security industry.

    Security systems hit the market decades ago. The safety and protection that they offered was immediately obvious. Having a system in our homes that was remotely monitored for theft, fire, and even medical emergencies greatly increased personal security. But, we all know that technology doesn’t stand still. It changes at an ever increasing pace.

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