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Archive for May, 2012

Introducing the Security Alarm Response Policy


We are still wondering if the Alarm Response Policy will be introduced here in Victoria.  The Alarm Response Policy was introduced over 12 months ago in NSW, whereby police required alarm verification via ‘visual or remote video’ alarm verification. The Alarm Response Policy over the past 12 months has reduced the number of alarms reported to police by 65%, equating to over 58,000 incidents. Of the 28,000 alarms police did respond to only 6% were actually confirmed as genuine. As a result the NSW Police Force will be enforcing a $200 false alarm fine for non genuine-false alarms in an aim to provide a more effective response to genuine alarms.

Under Section 209 of the Police Act the Commissioner of Police to charge a fee of $200, where Police respond to a false alarm on more then one occasion within any 28 day period where the premise is a building. Although the policy has not been rolled out in Victoria, we find that police are more likely to attend when the alarm has been verified.  This highlights the need for customers to consider implementing regular maintenance of their alarm systems to ensure that alarms operate effectively and installing CCTV cameras or new technology such as Videofied which will provide our A1 Graded Monitoring Centre with verification of the alarm and ensure that the police will attend on request.

Microsoft – HomeOS (Operating System)

Image With technology being a big part of our everyday life, we have found our clients wanting more tech savvy security systems to be installed in their homes.  From video intercoms that look like a big iphone, alarm keypads that are touch screen and also display family photos in rotation when idle, to security cameras & security alarms that can be accessed from your iphone or ipad so that you can check the teenage kids are doing their homework or keep an eye on your home while taking that trip around Australia that you always dreamed about, all while you are away enjoying yourself. Smart homes are the way of the future and although there are systems out there at the moment to control your home devices & security systems they are limited and expensive. Microsoft are currently testing and soon to launch (in America) software called HomeOS (operating system) which can operate all your home systems from one smart device (iphone or ipad).  Bringing the operation of your homes devises such as lights, door locks, security camera, alarm and even your TV and games consoles together with user friendly software on your smart device.  Microsoft claim that they are bringing smart homes to the masses so we are looking for the launch in Australia and what it is going to cost. For more information about HomeOS and to see a video demo click here

Save money from our home alarm monitoring service!

Image One in five people (21 percent) did not warn their neighbors that a thief was at work in their area after being burgled.  People in New South Wales were most likely to warn their neighbors and Victorians least likely.  Almost half of Australians do not investigate or call the police when they hear a home alarm, so why have a home alarm? Your home alarm is a deterrent for burglars and statistics show that burglars are less likely to target a home with an alarm system installed.  For your home alarm to work most effectively, we can program your alarm to notify our A1 grade, alarm monitoring control room.   The monitoring control room has a list of contacts to notify on activation of your alarm and can dispatch a patrol on your instructions.  Having your home alarm monitored 24 hours will give you peace of mind for as little as $1 per day.  Click here to find out more.