Keep your sheds locked and power tools protected – burglars are going green

shedUK figures show that thefts from garages, sheds and gardens increased by 10 per cent over the last year, and are up almost 20 per cent compared with the figure from five years ago according to the Office for National Statistics. Naturally, most homeowners will store expensive tools and equipment which together can be worth several thousand pounds in a shed or garage which isn’t properly locked. Opportunist thieves will happily target these areas knowing they will get away with it. In 2012, 42% of thefts were for power tools, of which 56% were drills 39% were for simple hand tools like spades, shovels, rakes and forks and 19% were for electric and petrol lawnmowers, chainsaws and ladders. So what can you do as the dark nights draw in?

These few simple precautions can help you reduce the risk of being burgled and make your house and garden more secure:

  • The natural defence provided by a prickly hedge will offer some protection to your property plus it will stop intruders seeing what you have in your garden
  • Put away all tools and equipment and ensure that all outside sheds and store cupboards are securely locked when not in use.
  • Buy a good quality affordable and easy to use outdoor security camera such as D-Link’s wireless, (DCS-2332L) which is easy to install, connect and monitor.
  • Do not leave items in your garden. e.g. ladders, which could be used to gain access to your home.
  • Bring the tools inside if you do not have a garden shed or outbuilding.
  • Install outside security lighting which comes on automatically.
  • Mark your property with your postcode or with a property marking system like SmartWater. This makes stolen property easier to trace, harder to sell on and it can be positively identified as yours.
  • Check that your household insurance policy covers theft from your garden and outbuildings.
  • Join your local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. Neighbourhood Watch County Contacts
  • If possible always place valuable items out of sight in the rear garden and in all cases avoid putting them close to the perimeter area of the garden where they are more easily accessible to thieves.
  • Make sure garden furniture and barbeques are securely stored after use, in the garden sheds or garages, if they are mobile.
  • Ensure your garden gate is kept closed and is locked from the inside.

Modern Life. Connected

D-Link has launched independent research by OnePoll, carried out across 1,500 business users and consumers in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, designed to look at the growing interconnectedness of our daily home and work lives. Check out the infographic below, which shows the feelings of those surveyed about the convergence of home and work life.

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Protect yourself against rogue traders

tradesmanWhen we let people into our homes to do some work it’s always a bit of a worry, especially if we’re at work and can’t be there to monitor them. This worry is further exacerbated if we have elderly parents – trusting and honest, they can open their doors to the most unscrupulous of tradesmen, keen to exploit the vulnerable. The plethora of consumer affairs programmes on TV recently have shown us the scale of dishonest people about and, when we can’t always be there to see what’s going on, a second pair of eyes to watch over on our valuable possessions and our loved ones is a must.

That’s where IP Surveillance technology can help. Connecting surveillance cameras to the internet enables us to keep an eye on our homes when we’re not there, via a computer or mobile device. So, if the builder is helping himself to food in your fridge or the plumber is rummaging through your parents’ drawers while they’re making him a cup of tea, you can spot it.

D-Link offers a range of affordable home cameras which all connect to mydlink™ Cloud Services – enabling you to log in and view footage from a web browser or an app, which you can download for free onto your iPhone, iPad or Android device. That means you can keep an eye on what’s going on at home, wherever you may be, 24/7. You can also manage and control the cameras from within the app, so if you have a camera with pan-tilt-zoom capabilities, you can move the camera angle around as you require.

Wi-Fi cameras are a good option in the home, as it means you only have to worry about where to put the camera to get the best picture not about how near an Ethernet port it is – the only requirement being the need for a nearby mains socket to provide the necessary power. You can also buy cameras that are powered using ‘Power over Ethernet’ technology, which means you only need a network cable to both power and connect your camera to the internet – so if you’re thinking of positioning a camera near your router, this could be an option.

All in all, IP Surveillance technology provides a simple, cost effective solution to leave you with the peace of mind you deserve when trusting people to work in your home.