PC Mag reviews CleverLoop System

    PC Mag recently did a review of the CleverLoop camera based security system, and we think we did pretty well.

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    The bottom line of the review was:

    “The CleverLoop security system allows you to use up to four cameras to monitor the inside and outside of your home. It’s easy to install, delivers sharp HD video, and offers multiple video storage options, but it doesn’t work with other smart home devices.”

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    Video camera or back-to-base security?

    Traditionally, home and business security systems throughout Australia were back-to-base style monitored systems that had ongoing fees that covered the monitoring. More recently, advances in video cameras, smartphones and cheap mobile internet data have resulted in a new generation of smartphone controlled, camera based security systems.

    Back-to-base monitored alarm or a camera based system, which suits you best?

    What sort of alarm is best for you?

    So what are the pros and cons of the two types of system, do they work well together, and how do you choose the right security system for you?

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    Worst Brisbane suburbs for theft?

    Which are the Brisbane suburbs that have the highest rate of burglaries and break-ins?

    Which are the Brisbane suburbs that have the highest rate of burglaries and break-ins?

    The insurer RACQ has released figures that reveal which suburbs in Brisbane had the highest theft rate for 2016. You probably saw a newspaper article based on the figures over the past week or so.

    The headline news is that RACQ insurance claims for theft in the Brisbane region increased from 758 in 2015 to 782. In itself, an increase in one year of 3.16% doesn’t seem too worrying, but it’s worth keeping in mind that this is the numbers just for theft claims, from just one insurance company.

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    Staff theft in Australian businesses

    When most people think about the losses that a retail business faces, they think about shoplifting. While the Global Retail Theft Barometer, an international study, shows that for the 2014-15 period in Australia, shoplifting was the biggest cause of retail shrinkage at 39%, employee theft, at 25%, wasn’t that far behind.

    Employee theft impacts on your bottom line, so putting in place a few simple retail loss prevention measures can quickly pay-off.

    Employee theft impacts on your bottom line, so putting in place a few simple retail loss prevention measures can quickly pay-off.

    So if you are a small business owner, what might staff stealing look like, and what steps can you do to minimise the chance of it becoming a problem?

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    Battery powered cameras or wired cameras?

    There are pros and cons to both battery powered and cable powered security cameras.

    There are pros and cons to both cable and battery powered security cameras.

    One thing that tends to divide both the suppliers, and users of camera based security systems is how the cameras are powered.

    So what are the pluses and minuses of battery powered cameras compared to plug in ones, are there any situations where one has a big advantage over the other and are there any traps to look out for?

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    Business Vandalism in Australia

    For most small businesses, vandalism is an ever present threat. In some locations having your business premises vandalised is a regular day-to-day or week-to-week reality, in other places it might be a rare one-off occurrence, but it’s still a cost worth minimising.

    Mindless vandalism can be a significant cost to small business owners.

    Mindless vandalism can be a significant cost to small business owners.

    So as a business owner, what steps can you take to reduce the chances of your premises being a target for vandalism?

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