Oliver Clark

Bicycle theft – a surprising statistic

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Following on from yesterday’s blog about the wave of bicycle thefts around Harlow recently, I came across an interesting statistic while researching the topic. Reported bicycle theft, much to my surprise, has decreased massively over the last couple of decades. In the UK, bicycles in households are three times less likely to be stolen than [...]

Bike Theft in Harlow

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Over the last week there have been a spate of bike thefts in the Harlow area and various appeals have been made on communal websites. Personally, I have had two bikes stolen from me. The first theft was down to my own carelessness. My friend and I had tied both of our bikes together using [...]

Why is a wireless system so superior?

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To follow on from the previous blog… here are some potential advantages of a wireless system. Speed of installation With a wireless system we don’t have to run cable from every sensor or device to the main panel. The installation process for a wired system may take several days. With our systems; we are very [...]

Setting my GuardHome alarm from Colombia

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Yes, it’s possible! GuardHome make it possible for you to set your alarm from anywhere in the world. I recently took a three week trip to Colombia and had no problems checking on my home even from 5000 miles away. All I needed was internet connectivity to access a simple app on my smart device. [...]

Burglars on the rampage in Bishops Stortford

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In the last week of January there were nine burglaries across Bishops Stortford in just five days. Four of them took place in just one afternoon. In one of the burglaries £3000 worth of jewellery was stolen. In another case, they took £1,700 of jewellery and a car key. It will cost the owners £500 just to [...]

Wireless CCTV – why not?

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Is it time to think about a wireless CCTV system? Probably not, and here’s why… Whilst there are some small benefits such as the ease and speed of installation, there are plenty of downsides that are more important to think about. Cost A CCTV system with wireless components will usually be more expensive than the [...]

Is my internet speed fast enough for CCTV?

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Yes! – or probably – it depends. One of the factors is down to the quality of a camera. The simple rule of thumb is: the higher the definition, the more bandwidth it will use. How can you measure whether you have a speedy connection or not? You’ll need to monitor your… 1) Download speed. [...]

NSI – One more reason to choose GuardHome

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We are accredited by the National Security Inspectorate www.nsi.org.uk They are a UKAS certified organisation who ensure that the work that we undertake in the security industry is compliant with the relevant UK and European standards and any other codes of practice that might apply. Unlike a trade organisation, where you pay your subs and [...]

Part night lighting

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‘The Part Night Light Program’ has been introduced by Essex council whereby street lights in some areas are turned off. The council insists the program will not lead to greater crime rates, however, the change can understandably leave people feeling vulnerable, particularly the elderly. Over 70% of the 127,000 council-owned streetlights are operating part night [...]