Check Your Switch Board!

Why should you check your switch board?

There are many of reasons why it is important do check your switch board:

  • Ensure it does not have ceramic fuses
  • Ensure circuit breakers are protected by safety switches
  • Ensure it is up to date
  • Ensure your families safety

How do you know you have an OLD or NEW Switch Board?

Old Switch Boards look like this:

Switch Board Upgrade, Sunbury, Melton, Essendon, Caroline Springs, Diggers Rest

New Switch Boards look like this:

Switch Board Upgrade, Sunbury, Melton, Essendon, Caroline Springs, Diggers Rest

Benefits of upgrading an OLD Switch Board:

  • Fuses, if tripped cannot be reset. They must be replaced if ever there is an overload. However with circuit breakers, if tripped they can be reset easily by pushing the switch back into the up position.
  • Makes it easier for a home owner to distinguish where there is a fault in the home.
  • Safety switches protect your family! If your child was to put a fork into a toaster, the safety switch would trip instantly avoiding a terrible accident! In the old fuse boards, there is nothing to protect your child if this was to occur. A Safety Switch can switch the power off in as little as 0.3 seconds!
  • You can find faulty appliances with a safety switch.
  • The benefits of having Safety Switches are endless!

What happens if a safety switch trips?

If your power goes off and you cannot push the switch back into the up position, you may have a faulty appliance. You must disconnect each appliance by switching them off and un plugging them from the wall. If you are unsure of what appliance is fault you can un plug the appliances individually until you are able to restore power. If you can still not find the fault appliance it is time to call an electrician.

Conclusion

It is recommended to upgrade your OLD Switch Board to a NEW Switch Board with Safety Switches. There is nothing more important than family so we should do everything to keep them safe. Electrocution for young children is more likely as they are curious and are more likely to stick a metal object somewhere it shouldn’t be! It is also a benefit of being able to fault find yourself before calling an electrician as it can save you money!

We offer a service like no other!

If you are curious about if your switch board is up to date, send us a photo and we will tell you on the spot! There is nothing like having the peace of mind knowing your house and family is safe.

Benefits of DVR and NVR CCTV cameras

CCTV Cameras

First of all, it is important to understand that CCTV means Closed-Circuit-Television. Security Cameras these days are becoming more and more popular due to the increasing crime rate in Melbourne. Security Cameras help protect your family, your home and your pets. They provide an instant deterrent for possible crime as homes not under surveillance are more likely to be targeted.

What does DVR stand for?

Digital Video Recorder that records HD Cameras connected via coax cables.

What does NVR Stand for?

Network Video Recorder that records IP Cameras transmitted via network cables.

Why choose a DVR or an NVR?

  • There is not much difference in quality.
  • DVR Camera Units are usually cheaper than NVR’s.
  • NVR’s are future proof! This meaning in the future if you ever need to upgrade or expand the unit you can! DVR’s have served their purpose so they will eventually fade out.
  • NVR units allow you to have IP Cameras.
  • DVR units allow you to have up to 4MP cameras whereas, with NVR’s there is an endless supply of camera qualities.
  • NVR IP Cameras have a wider field of view.

Which one should you choose?

Ultimately it comes down to your budget and what you will be using the cameras for. If the cameras are just used as a deterrent than any cameras will suit your needs. However, if you are wanting them for security reasons and want good quality cameras that can eventually be upgradable, NVR is the way to go for you.

If you never want to worry about paying for a full camera system again than NVR is the way to go. In the future NVR IP Cameras will be the most popular on the market, therefore DVR units will become a thing of the past.

Still not sure?

Give us a call! We are always there to help so never hesitate to give us a call or send us a message.

If you have any questions, ask them!

We are fully qualified Private Security CCTV Installers and Advisors so we will have the answers you need to your questions.

0411 438 738

Electrician, Sunbury, Melton, Essendon, CCTV, Security Cameras, Home Safety

Protect your animals | Security Cameras

How important are your animals to your family?

Our guess is VERY important!

We have heard many different reasons as to why our customers want Security Cameras Installed. We have come to conclusion, one of the main reasons is to protect pets!

By installing Security Cameras, they not only protect your home and family, they protect our beloved pets! Our animals are just like family to all of us so ensuring they are also safe is important!

Why should we install CCTV to monitor animals?

1. Unfortunately, there are people out their who have no regard for the love you have for your pet. It is very easy for someone to jump a fence and hurt, badly injure or take your beautiful pet! It is a harsh reality but crimes happen just like this all the time. When you are at work for long periods at a time or you have gone away for a weekend without security cameras you have to way to see if your pet. It is great peace of mind knowing you have the safety of your pets in the palm of your hands!

Furthermore, a great friend of ours recently had their dog taken from their property in Sunbury and were besides themselves! They tried to call all the animal shelters and wait for a phone call that he had been found! Luckily, he managed to escape and was picked up from the North Melbourne Dogs Home! Security Cameras will now protect her animals whilst she is at work or away on holiday!

2. Some people have dog walkers, dog sitters or house minders whilst they are away. You can monitor how your animal is treated whilst enjoying your time away. If there has been some instances where the animal has been “aggressive” to the person, you can visually see for yourself!

3. You can view your animals behaviour whilst you are not home. Have you ever returned home to a shredded pillow, destroyed pot plant, holes in the backyard? You can see exactly what your pet is up to when you are not home! This helps you to come up with a way to action the problem!

If we could all stay at home and be with our pets I’m sure we all would! However, you will not have to worry about their safety knowing you can instantly view them on your smart phone!

Licensed CCTV Installers

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Some people do not realise that in order to install CCTV a licensed business and installer must complete the installation. Electricians must be qualified to do all electrical work. However they are not qualified to install cameras just by being an electrician. Installers must be a registered business and a licensed individual to install CCTV Cameras. If an installer is not qualified, the work will not be covered by insurance if anything does occur and was caused by the CCTV Cameras. Therefore, You may be denied an insurance claim if you use an un-licensed CCTV Installer so do your research!

Please refer to this website (https://www.police.vic.gov.au/lars/lars.asp?File=/Components/Screens/PSINFP03/PSINFP03.asp) to ensure that the CCTV Installer you are using has a Private Security Business Registration and Private Security Individual Registrations.

If an insurance claim arises e.g. a fire and reasonable doubt is placed on the installers work as a cause. The claim may be denied. As the installation was not performed by a qualified installer in compliance with the rules and regulations.

The Victorian Police state on their website… “Members of the public should only engage business operators and individuals who are appropriately licensed or registered for the activity they are undertaking.”.

The Victorian Police Conduct thorough checks on all security equipment installers. It is illegal to invoice customers without having a license.

Reasons to use a qualified installer:

  • They have been checked thoroughly. You don’t just want anyone off the street to install your system.. In order to obtain a license you must have a police background check, license check, mental check, physical checks, health checks and supply them with exact instructions about how you conduct your business.
  • Peace of mind knowing you are covered with any insurance claim relating to the installation if you hire a licensed CCTV Installer.
  • They are qualified 100% in the service they are providing you.
  • They understand the process of installing CCTV.

Our Team:

You can be assured with us that you are using licensed CCTV Installers. We have a Private Security Business Registration and Private Security Individual Registrations.

Our team are fully licensed and qualified CCTV Installers and Advisors.

OUR LICENSES 

Business Registration Number:
885-470-70S
Individual Registration Numbers:
885-470-91S
926-453-00S

Smoke Alarm Knowledge

Why should you have a smoke alarm?

When people sleep, they lose their sense of smell. This means if a fire breaks out and you have no smoke alarm, you will not be woken up until it is too late. A smoke alarm is the electronic noice you need to save your life. Fires can spread and grow within two to three minutes! By having a smoke alarm, you are provided with the early warning you need to escape.

Smoke alarms protect your family, pets, property and you! Our loved one are the most important thing to us so if something was to happen that could have been prevented with the warning of a smoke alarm we would feel terrible. If you have no smoke alarm and a fire occurs:

  • You are 57% more likely to suffer property loss and damage without a smoke alarm.Smoke Alarm
  • You are 26% more likely to suffer serious injuries.
  • You are 4 times more likely to die.

 

Smoke alarms MUST be installed in every house.

Smoke alarms are compulsory in every house hold.

Since 1 August 1997, Victorian law states that smoke alarms (complying with Australian standards AS 3786) must be installed in all homes, units, flats and townhouses. It is the legal responsibility of all owners and landlords to install working smoke alarms.

Residential homes constructed before 1st August 1997 need only 9 volt battery powered smoke alarms installed. Residential homes constructed after 1st August 1997 must have smoke alarms connected to 240 volt mains power. In addition a backup battery must be installed in the smoke alarm.

Smoke alarms MUST:

  • Have a working battery installed.
  • They must be tested yearly.
  • Batteries have to be replaced yearly.
  • The alarm must be completely replaced after 10 years.

Did you know?

Smoke alarms have expiry dates on them.

Locating a smoke alarm

  • Smoke alarms must be located between each bedroom area and the rest of the house.
  • In addition inside any bedroom where someone sleeps with the door shut
  • In a two storey home a smoke alarm is required on every storey, located in the path that people will use to evacuate

Note: Cooking fires are common. High ceilings or the layout of your house may increase the time it takes for your smoke alarm to operate. Consider installing a photo-electric smoke alarm closer to the kitchen area.

Testing and Maintenance

Smoke alarms should be tested regularly

  • Monthly: Test by pressing the test button with a broom handle
  • Yearly: Vacuum around your smoke alarm vents
  • Yearly: Replace your 9 volt battery each year at the end of daylight savings.

The MFB’s campaign at the end of daylight saving each year reminds people to:

“Change your clock; change your smoke alarm battery”

If the Residential Tenancy Act 1997 (RTA) applies to residential premises, the landlord is not only responsible for the installation of a smoke alarm but also its ongoing maintenance as per section 68(1) of the RTA Landlord’s duty to maintain premises:

“A landlord must ensure that the rented premises including fixtures and fittings provided by the landlord at the rented premises are maintained in good repair.”

It is the tenant’s responsibility to:

  • Test the smoke alarm every month to make sure it is working
  • Contact their agent/Landlord if the smoke alarm is not working
  • Contact their agent/landlord if the smoke alarm omits an occasional chirping noise as the battery or smoke alarm is faulty

Smoke alarm subsidy for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

A specialised smoke alarm is available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Due to the cost of this type of smoke alarm, the Department of Human Services provides assistance via a subsidy.

Family comes first.

Always remember, your family comes first, therefore you should keep up to date with the maintenance of all smoke alarms in your house.

Contact us today to ensure that your smoke alarms are maintained yearly!

For more information on Smoke Detectors please visit the MFB’s website.
Information received for this post was via MFB’s website.

 

Benefits of CCTV for your home

Crime is increasing in every state, city, suburb and neighbour hood dramatically each year, hence the increase in the Installation of CCTV surveillance cameras. Surveillance cameras can be purchased in all different qualities for all different budgets. CCTV Cameras are an investment in your families safety and protection that is becoming a must for all house holds.

Prevents thieves and vandalism:

By installing CCTV around your property, it decreases the chance that you will become the victim of crime. CCTV cameras can be installed so that people can visually see them which discourages them to continue with a possible criminal act. Criminals are less likely to pursue an a crime if they know they are being watched by CCTV. Real or fake CCTV Cameras do the same job at deterring criminals however you will never get the benefits of having the recorded video surveillance with fake cameras. The CCTV cameras that we install for customers always have Infrared Technology so the cameras really stand out for criminals who are on the look out for cameras.

Monitor your home and family:

CCTV can be linked with your mobile phone so if you are ever out and about you can receive notifications if there is any motion detected on your chosen cameras. You can set cameras to alert you when motion is detected, this can be important when you run a business or are worried that your valuables will be stolen. With CCTV you never have to worry about missing criminal behaviour as you can choose to record 24/7 or only when motion is detected. When criminals choose to still pursue a crime on your house when they are aware you have cameras, you can use this important footage as evidence! If you are out and about, you will never have to worry that you are going to miss out on the evidence to find a criminal that has committed a crime. The footage can be used to show the police the crime and they can investigate it further. The maximum amount of cameras that can be installed on the one Hard Drive is 16. The more cameras you install on your property, the more safe you will feel knowing you are protecting your family and house. The cameras can be installed by our fully qualified CCTV Installers with the Victorian Police.

Access your cameras remotely:

All video can be viewed at an instant on any smart mobile or tablet device. As already stated above, notifications can be sent through if motion is detected on specific cameras you desire this setting to work on. It may be 2am in the morning and a notification has woken you up. When you click the notification, you will see the footage in the palm of your hands. If there is someone on your premises, you can call the police right away, and if the criminal gets away, you have the evidence that they can use to catch them. It has happened before and can happen in your life..

Monitoring your business:

If you have a business, you know that your investment in the business is extremely high! No one wants someone to ruin what you have worked so hard for. With CCTV you can install them in offices, garages, storage rooms and around the building. Knowing that your business is always protected is something that every business owner should invest in. Investing in not only your business but the protection of your business is a decision that you should think about and act on it!

Invest in your safety:

CCTV Cameras are the best investment for your families safety. You can protect your family, pets and homes by using surveillance. Cameras can come in all different shapes, sizes, quality and prices. If you are looking for a CCTV camera system for your house and are on a budget we can offer you different packages. If you are looking for the best quality cameras and have a set budget, we can work with you to build you the best surveillance system possible as well as working with your budget.

Conclusion:

There are more and more criminal acts occurring in suburbs just like yours which is why it is important to invest in your safety today. Having the peace and mind knowing that you have done your part in keeping your family safe is the best feeling! You can keep your family, pets, house and even neighbourhood safer by installing CCTV systems as criminals are less likely to commit a crime when they are being watched by CCTV. Our qualified CCTV Installers can help you to install the best system for you and your family. You can read our testimonials and everything about our installers within our website.

CCTV Licensed Installers, Advisors, Security Cameras, Melton, Essendon, Sunbury, Electrician

Spike in Sunbury Burglaries

At least eight Sunbury homes have been targeted by burglars in recent weeks and police are calling for residents to be vigilant.

Burglars have hit homes on Albert Road, Bundanoon Avenue, Darbyshire Street, La Perouse Close, Ponsford Place, Ramsay Court, Saxonwood Drive and Wildflower Drive.

Detective Senior Constable Renee Prestia, of Hume CIU, said the break-ins happened throughout January.

“There has been a significant increase in residential burglaries in the Sunbury area [this month],” she said. “Some of the burglaries had bicycles stolen and this could possibly have something to do with it being school holidays at the moment. In others jewellery, iPads, mobile phones and other valuables were taken.”

She said the burglaries were not concentrated in a particular area.

“We are likely looking for more than one offender involved in these burglaries,” she said.

“The streets that were targeted are spread out, so it appears that they could possibly be unrelated.”

The crimes come as data released by the Crime Statistics Agency last month revealed there was a 27.2 per cent increase in burglary/break and enter incidents in Sunbury in the past year.

The figures also showed an overall 20 per cent rise in crime across Hume.

Senior Constable Prestia encouraged residents to tighten their security arrangements and keep their eyes open.

“Residents should be looking out for suspicious people driving vehicles around,” she said. “And keep their homes, vehicles and valuable belongings locked away.

“If they see anything, they should contact police immediately. ”

Two Sunbury residents commented on the Hume Eyewatch Facebook page about their experiences with recent thefts in their neighbourhoods.

“I know of one these burgs and yes they attempted to steal a motorbike. But didn’t get far with it,” one woman posted.

“It’s all over Sunbury. We were cleaned out while on holidays [in September] and they came back a few times without anybody noticing,” another said.

Anyone in need of police assistance should call 000 or make a confidential report to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.