Prepare Like It’s Your Christmas Shut Down

If your construction or civil site is forced to close or shut down due to COVID-19, are you prepared?

With the Government’s recent Alert Level system introduced to combat and fight against the spread of COVID-19, Crosbies Security are preparing a number of measures to assist our clients with the possibility of a shut down should we reach Alert Level 4.

These measures are the same as what we implemented for many of our clients during Christmas shut down.

As you know, during Christmas shut downs, construction & civil sites are left as sitting ducks due to no or skeleton staffing. This means you would typically have the standard heightened risks around theft, burglary and vandalism during these times, with the reduced presence of staff on site and able to check on the sites.

A potential shut down to your site as a result of COVID-19 could be no different, and in many cases could even hold slightly higher risk.

Admittedly, as the owner of Crosbies Security, even I am unsure about what could be different during this type of shut down, as opposed to a normal Christmas shut down.

We want to be sensible with our approach to a potential shut down, which is why we’re basing our contingency planning on our Christmas shut down approach.

So what are we doing for our current customers?

All of our current customers will have a standard shut down plan generated for their site security.

This is the same as for during Christmas. So, if you don’t request any additional security, then we will simply activate your unique shut down plan.

This could be:

  • shifting to arming the cameras 24/7

  • providing security patrol checks

  • or adding extra security to your site through a combination of either cameras, solar powered lighting towers, or security guards.

This is absolutely no different to Christmas.

If your security is a little light

If you are not a current customer or you think your security is a little light, there are things we can do.

We can:

  • Install solar powered security cameras & alarms

  • Provide random patrol checks to your site to increase visibility

  • Provide security signage

  • Place a static guard on any high risk projects

  • Add solar lighting to illuminate the site to reduce overall vulnerability.

No obligation chat

We are experienced in protecting civil & construction sites throughout the North Island. We are Auckland’s only dedicated civil & construction security company. 95% of our client base is in the industry, and we actively manage nearly 80 camera systems and multiple guard sites.

If you would like a quick chat on how to protect your site, call me directly on 022 100 1413.

How To Setup Insite Gold

Setting up your phone app (Insite Gold) is easy.

Insite Gold can be added to multiple iOS/Android devices to remotely arm/disarm and monitor your alarm system.*

Remember, there is an annual fee of approximately $14 USD payable per site which covers multiple devices. This fee is payable directly to Paradox. We’ve included your first 3 years for free.

Please ensure your keep your phone, and the Insite Gold app, up to date. This will ensure your device is equipped to receive alerts.

Step 1:

Go to your app store or Google Play store and download the application “Insite Gold” by Paradox.

Launch it.

Step 2:

Press the “+” button on the left side of the Paradox Insite Gold phone app, to add your new alarm to your devices phone/s.

Step 3:

In the first field, type anything you like in. This is your alarm name that is unique to your phone. What you write here, won’t copy into anyone else’s phone – if they too are using the app.

In the middle field, write in the SITE ID that was provided in your email sent by Crosbies Security (or your installer).

In the last field, write in the EMAIL that was provided in your email sent by Crosbies Security (or your installer).

Press “Add Site”.

Your alarm system will now appear in your phone.

Step 4:

Click on your newly created site within the Paradox alarm Insite Gold app, and enter your pin number. You will now be connected to your alarm system.

Terms & Conditions of Using Insite Gold

  1. Crosbies Security Limited do not have any part in maintaining the Insite Gold application. It is imperative you keep your phone, and the app, up to date – to ensure you will achieve full functionality.

  2. Although Insite Gold is reliable almost all of the time, Crosbies Security cannot be liable for any downtime caused as a result of unplanned phone updates, app updates, power failures, internet connectivity issues (at the users end) or any other factor that may impact the apps performance.

  3. Insite Gold requires a reliable internet connection at both your alarm, and your phone. If you know that you can often have trouble with your internet connection, then you may need to consider using a standalone sim card module for your alarm to avoid your unreliable internet connection.

  4. Insite Gold should not be used as a monitored alarm replacement. Nothing is more reliable than having a guard receive an SMS through a solid 2G data connection, with the guard then being able to follow up by way of phone call.

When To Call 111

I was recently asked to join and contribute advice to a local Facebook community group dedicated to crime and safety.

Here is my first post.

Have you ever avoided calling Police after seeing something suspicious, because you thought it might waste Police time, or that it wasn’t an emergency?

Even after years of experience, I still feel the same way before picking up the phone.

I phoned Police a few weeks ago to report a suspicious vehicle driving up and down the street. This was actually while I was on the way to complete a quotation for a home alarm system down that very street.

The single occupant was looking into houses as he drove on slowly (with a hood up) during a very quiet weekday.

A car jam search on the number plate revealed that the car hadn’t had a warrant of fitness since 2011. The model of the vehicle he was driving was also different to the plate on car jam.

The combination of everything together fitted a classic 1C event – that’s Police for suspicious car/person. In other words, I thought he was going to commit a burglary.

A burglary happens in NZ every 7 minutes. So it wasn’t at all impossible that he was up to no good, seeking an easy opportunity to target a vulnerable home.

But even I delayed ringing Police.

The thoughts entered my mind: he hasn’t DONE anything criminal (apart from the number plate), so is it an emergency? Who am I to judge if this person is suspicious? What if he’s genuinely in the area?

But then I reminded myself. Most Joe abiding citizens don’t drive at 5km/h, while wearing a hoody up, in an unwarranted vehicle (7 years unwarranted at that) with mismatched plates, down a quiet street during midday.

Right now, Police don’t operate a non-emergency line (other than *555). I believe that’s about to change.

So I phoned 111. I immediately questioned my decision (you shouldn’t feel guilty for doing your bit!)

The conversation was very brief. Enough details to get a job in the system.

It felt as though the call taker wasn’t interested – but this is not the case at all!

They are desperately needed to answer the next call (and the next… and the next…)

Once the jobs in the system, Police staff on the ground receive a general broadcast of the details.

If they’re free, they might take a look. If their dealing with something serious – they probably won’t.

But the record is there. And I did my bit. And down South we’re lucky to have a pretty well resourced Police.

I never minded attending a job like that and it turned out to be nothing. In fact, I’d rather attend and it turned out to be nothing than not be called and then a burglary report comes through the next day!

➡️➡️➡️ So don’t feel guilty if you feel something truly isn’t right, and you ring 111!

If you’re unsure whether it’s an emergency – ring anyway and ask.

Police will tell you what to do.

Facebook is a great medium for sharing events but by no means at all should be your first port of call for reporting!

You can also take steps to protect your home. Installing window stays is a great start. And of course, having an alarm system is a massive deterrent.

The newest space in home security is CCTV. As costs come down, home CCTV is becoming more and more affordable – so you can keep an eye on your home while you’re not there.

Your Complete Guide to Burglar Alarms

It probably comes as no surprise to you that across New Zealand, 77% of reported crimes in 2017 were against property. [1]

Those crimes included 51,922 home burglaries and 17,544 commercial burglaries. There were also 137,538 other theft relates offences (including 30,204 vehicle thefts) in the same period. [1]

That means across New Zealand, one burglary occurs every 8 minutes.

You might also be surprised to learn that most burglaries actually happen in the early afternoon.

That’s why it is increasingly important to protect your home or business from property crime.

Home security alarm systems are used to first and foremost deter burglars from entering your home.

In the event a break in does occur, the burglar alarm sensors will detect the intrusion and the alarm systems 120db internal sounder will hopefully send them running out the door to avoid being caught.

This article has been written as a guide to help you make an informed decision about your home security needs.

Crosbies Security Limited offer quality, affordable alarm systems. You can email office@crosbies.co.nz or phone 0800 112 335 for a free, no obligation chat, 7 days a week.

Key Components for Modern Burglar Alarms

There are a multitude of alarm system brands out there, so it can often be hard to know where to start.

Depending on the size of your house and a few other factors, entry level alarm systems can start at around $600, and go right into the thousands.

This article will hopefully help steer you in the right direction about what you want to achieve out of a home alarm, so when you’re speaking to a sales consultant, you can ensure you are getting the best possible deal for both your security and your budget!

Alarm Sensors / Alarm Motion Detectors

Often known as “PIR’s”, which stands for Passive Infrared Sensor.

A passive infrared sensor (PIR sensor) is an electronic sensor that measures infrared (IR) light radiating from objects in its field of view.

Essentially, these alarm sensors detect heat from objects in a given area.

Most burglar alarm sensors can be adjusted to be pet friendly as well – it’s often not a bad idea to get the pet friendly sensors, even if you don’t have pets, in the event you sell your home or decide later on to get a fury friend.

Sensors can come either wired or wireless. First option should almost always be wired, because you don’t have to worry about batteries going flat, and they are often faster and sending the intrusion signal back to the control panel.

Wireless sensors now days are excellent, but make sure the brand of wireless sensor you are purchasing is known for it’s reliability! You don’t want a cheap, nasty wireless sensor that drops off from the wireless receiver at the control panel all the time, as it will cause false alarm activations and drive you mad!

 Alarm Control Panel / Burglar Alarm PCB (Printed Circuit Board)

These are the main control panels that power the entire burglar alarm. Not to be confused with the “keypad” which simply influence the control panel!

Always enquire about the number of zones the PCB you’re being quoted has. The standard is 4-zones, which is suitable for most New Zealand homes. But if you’re after a bigger alarm system, then you may need to consider getting a larger PCB.

A basic PCB will set you back about $60 or $70 + GST.

Alarm Keypads

As mentioned above, the keypad is the user interface that influence s the alarm control panel.

Modern alarm keypads now include the TM50 touch screen keypad pictured to the left. These make controlling and configuring your alarm seamless.

You can still get traditional non-display keypads if you’re on a budget, that will do the job well.

Alarm Back Up Battery

Every alarm needs a back up battery in the event there is a deliberate power failure. Most alarm systems now won’t go off in the event of a power failure – the back up battery will kick in, and the alarm will work as normal – meaning that in the unlikely event the power goes off in the middle of the night, you won’t get woken up.

There are many batteries to choose from – from a 4 hour life battery up to 20 hour life battery. The battery will generally need to be replaced every 3-5 years.

Crosbies Security Limited can supply and replace your alarm battery (and perform a routine service) for around $150 including GST. Be careful as some companies will charge much more than this.

iOS/Android Integration

Read our article here about iOS/Android integration (opens in new window): https://www.crosbies.co.nz/single-post/2018/03/21/iPhone-Android-Alarm-Monitoring

Most modern alarm systems can be capable of being self-monitored through your iOS or Android device.

Ask whoever the alarm sales consultant is to show you the app they’re promoting! Not all of them are great. You want one that is easy and simple to use.

Sirens

Most security alarm systems will have at least one internal siren and one external siren. At the very least, you should have an internal siren to cause distress to the burglars.

Having an external siren is still very important, to draw attention to your home in the event a burglar breaks in.

Most alarm kits will include both.

Optional Upgrades for Home and Commercial Burglar Alarms

There are many optional extras you can add to your alarm system to make life easier and enhance your home security.

Alarm Remotes

Remote controls offer the convenience of arming and disarming your alarm system with the push of a button.

Crosbies Security can also set up a relay so the same remote can open and close your garage door – meaning you can arrive home and use the same remote to quickly access and then disarm your alarm system.

Wired Smoke Detectors

If you’re installing an alarm system, you should seriously consider installing a wired smoke detector at the same time.

Having a wired smoke detector is the best protection you can have against fires. Hard wired smoke detectors don’t need battery replacements, and will sound your entire alarm siren in the event of a fire – meaning it’s much louder than your typical supermarket smoke detector.

How Much Do Burglar Home Alarms Cost?

Firstly, ensure the consultant you are liaising with is Ministry of Justice licensed. All security consultants entering your home must be MoJ licensed.

Also, check with the security company that their installation technician is either a qualified Security Systems Technician or a Registered Electrician.

If they are a Security Systems Technician, they must also be Ministry of Justice licensed to install your alarm.

If they are a Registered Electrician then they do not need to be MoJ licensed as they will already hold an Electrical Workers registration.

Crosbies Security Limited are pleased to let you know we are Ministry of Justice Licensed (you can search us up on the Private Security Personnel Licensing Authority website – visit https://www.justice.govt.nz/tribunals/licences-certificates/pspla/.

So what’s the cost?

An entry level, full alarm kit supplied and installed for an Auckland home would cost about $600-$700 including GST.

This should include:

A complete basic alarm system package should include:

  • Alarm control panel and tamper cage + a transformer or a plug pack

  • Backup battery

  • 2 (PIR) sensors

  • Keypad

  • Internal siren

  • External siren

Alarm Installation Types – Auckland Alarm Installations

There are three common types of alarm installation types.

Hard Wired Alarms

All sensors, control panel and key pads are wired into the homes mains supply with a backup battery in case of any power outage.

This is best suited to new builds, or homes with adequate roof access where a retro-fit isn’t costly.

Wireless Alarms Systems

These remove the need for any wiring installation with all parts of the system being self battery powered.

Wireless alarm systems have been known to be inferior to hard wired systems, however technology improvements have seen the development of many quality wireless systems and now they are as effective as wired systems.

However, be cautious of entry level self install wireless systems or unbranded wireless systems, as they can be prone to false alarms and signal problems causing you headaches in the middle of the night or when your neighbour phones you while you’re trying to work.

Wireless systems are best suited for existing build homes and rentals where running new cabling is problematic.

Hybrid Alarm Systems

These have elements of both a hard wired and wireless system, e.g. control panel and the keypads maybe hard wired, though some sensors are wireless.

Reference Material:

[1] – http://www.police.govt.nz/sites/default/files/publications/crime-at-a-glance-dec2017.pdf

The Paradox MG Series – All About Paradox MG5050 Alarms

Perhaps you’ve just been quoted up an MG5050 series? Wondering what that is?

This article has been written to share with you the benefits of the MG5050 series, and also talk about the other model alarm systems Paradox sells.

Crosbies Security almost exclusively sell Paradox alarm systems for Auckland homes and businesses.

Although we can source almost all brands (if you desire a particular brand), we shifted to reducing our product offering to make selecting an alarm system more simple for our customers.

In choosing the right alarm system we wanted to offer a 5 year warranty on the product.

We looked at numerous alarm brands to cover off capability, technology, reliability and design – and Paradox came out on top each time.

Paradox offer 3 models of system. The Paradox MG (Magellan) series, the Paradox SP (Spectra) series and the Paradox Evo series.

The most common types of Paradox burglar alarms for homes and businesses are the SP and MG series. (For example, the SP4000, SP5500 or MG5050 would be common systems on alarm quotes)

So how do you know what is right for you?

The MG5050 Paradox Alarm System Series vs The Spectra Series

Often, I see the MG5050 series being quoted for even basic, entry level alarm systems.

The MG5050 system is more expensive than the SP4000 or SP5500 – so what exactly is it offering that the Spectra series isn’t?

In brief, the best way to describe it is like comparing an entry level phone (SP4000) or a mid end phone (SP5500), to a top end phone (MG5050).

Both the Spectra and Magellan systems will complete the desired functions most alarm owners need, and be compatible with most components.

The main difference is the MG5050 will outperform the other systems in terms of its processing capacity.

That doesn’t mean you should upgrade to the MG5050 system immediately though.

If you are only after a basic alarm system (perhaps with the ability to add a couple of wireless sensors or remotes), then the Spectra series will serve you well and save you a bit on the price.

However, if you need a complete wireless system, or a wireless siren for example, then you’ll need to get the MG5050 system.

If you would like some free advice on an alarm system you’ve been quoted, then give us a call on 0800 112 335. We’re more than happy to have a no obligation chat with you and give you some advice depending on your requirements.

Comparison Chart

MG = Magallen series

SP = SP series

Touchscreen Keypads:

MG or SP

Wireless Sirens:

MG

Wireless Keypads:

MG

Wireless Sensors:

MG or SP (with RX1 receiver)

Phone App Monitoring:

MG or SP

Remote Controls:

MG or SP (with RX1 receiver)

Deterrents Home Alarm Security Stickers

As a Police Officer, you very quickly learn that PREVENTING crime is far easier than investigating crime.

That works for home owners and business owners too – but rather preventing crime is far easier than making a report, filing an insurance claim, cleaning up all the mess and replacing all your items.

A visible external siren is brilliant – if it gets spotted!

By visibly displaying to criminals that your property is not only secured but also alarmed with a home alarm system, opportunistic burglars will be more likely to continue onto a more vulnerable home.

Adding our Monitored Audible Alarm stickers is a simple yet effective solution to make that extra display of security.

Our security alarm stickers are designed with the widely known Police battenberg markings. This is so your common crook would immediately associate the security sticker with Police!

iPhone Android Alarm Monitoring

Already have an alarm system installed?

Thinking of installing a new alarm system?

It’s 2018 – future proof your alarm and install one with smart phone communication modules!

You can now arm and disarm your alarm system directly from your iPhone or Android device using various phone applications.

Your current alarm system may already be capable of being upgraded to communicate with the internet – which will ultimately save you costs by having to install an entirely new alarm.

The phone apps are super simple to use. Just open, enter your pin and arm/disarm right from your phone.

You can also get real time notifications that an intruder or alarm activation is occurring. That means you can self monitor your alarm 24/7.

If you want to learn more about installing or upgrading an alarm so that you can control it right from your smartphone, talk to us now! Phone 0800 113 262 for a free no obligation chat.

IP CCTV vs Analog CCTV

 

IP CCTV security systems are state of the art CCTV cameras that protect your home, business or commercial premises.

Hikvision IP CCTV cameras are leading the way with their technological advancements and integrated video recorders. The Hikvision brand is well regarded as manufacturing reliable, high quality products.

So you might be wondering what the key differences are between IP CCTV cameras and Analog CCTV cameras?

IP stands for Internet Protocol, and refers to a digital video camera that can send and receive data via a computer network, as opposed to sending a feed to a Digital Video Recorder (DVR).

IP CCTV security cameras sending and receiving data over a computer network are advantageous for many reasons:

 

PICTURE QUALITY

The best analog security cameras can’t even be compared to the worst type of IP camera when it comes to the resolution of the image it captures.

This speaks volumes of the difference between an IP CCTV camera and an analog camera. Additionally, IP cameras capture a much wider field of view than comparable analog cameras, meaning a single IP camera is potentially able to do the job of three to four of the traditional CCTV camera systems.

Have a look at the massive difference between (by all accounts a high quality) TVI CCTV system vs a new IP CCTV system.

 

ANALYTICS

Essentially what this means is that you can setup your network to flag specific events that occur in the cameras field of vision. This can include motion detection, objects being removed from the view of the camera (i.e. a car or garden equipment) and even flag for tampering of the camera itself.

The benefit is, instead of having to trawl through hours of footage when an event occurs, the network can tell you the specific time the event occurred and direct you right to them.

This simply cannot be done with traditional CCTV systems.

 

FLEXIBILITY AND SCALABILITY

With a traditional analog DVR setup, each individual camera must be connected directly to the DVR itself.

IP CCTV cameras however, can circumvent this through the use of switches – which allow cameras in close proximity to each other to be connected to a single switch. This then allows the cameras to run on a single wire to the NVR (that’s the modern network video recorder).

This can dramatically reduce amount of cabling required, which can save on the labour component of your CCTV system installation.

Furthermore, because an ethernet cable is used to send and receive data between the NVR and the IP CCTV camera, the ethernet cable also powers the camera. This eliminates the need for a separate power cable.

 

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We provide a free, on-site quote service available to all.

Just free phone 0800 113 262 or email office@crosbies.co.nz.

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Prepare Like It’s Your Christmas Shut Down

If your construction or civil site is forced to close or shut down due to COVID-19, are you prepared? With the Government’s recent Alert Level system introduced to combat and fight against the spread of COVID-19, Crosbies Security are preparing a number of measures to assist our clients with the possibility of a shut down […]

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Mar 23,2020
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When To Call 111

I was recently asked to join and contribute advice to a local Facebook community group dedicated to crime and safety. Here is my first post. Have you ever avoided calling Police after seeing something suspicious, because you thought it might waste Police time, or that it wasn’t an emergency? Even after years of experience, I still […]

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Aug 08,2018

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