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Knock Knock – I can see you

The Knock Knock joke is dead courtesy of the smart home video door bell

Remember all those corny old jokes that reduced us to tears of laughter –

Knock Knock – who’s there and we all had our personal favourite punchline – they are no more – no sooner than the door knocker having become more of an aesthetic than a practical adornment to your front door – we have to get used to not even needing to open our door to see who is calling.

Enough of the nostalgia “The internet of things” rules and it is dictating that our households will become more and more reliant upon “smart” accessories which are supposed to take the strain out of everyday living – some of the proposed / available gadgets are more practical than others and one of the most practical (and useful) is the smart home video door bell as shown in numerous TV advertisements.

At Eurosecure we are all about giving our customers quality and choice as we stated in our latest blog “eurosecure is getting “smart”-er” we referenced that you could now, or soon would be able to find find an enlarged product range of “smart” products, locks, video door bells, cctv systems etc products from multiple manufacturers to provide our customers with the option of choice.

Today we feature our range of ERA products from the –

ERA DoorCam Smart Home WiFi Video Doorbell which not only allows you to answer your door from anywhere using your Smartphone.

Era Door Cam

And that’s only the start of the benefits – not only can you respond to your door bell you can both see your caller through the live view camera and engage in two-way conversation with them

To the WIFI Camera for ERA Alarm Systems for those who are more concerned with intruders actually gaining access to their property

Era Wifi Cam

With enhanced motion detection and privacy setting a single or multiple camera can be managed via the Free App and push notifications set for enhanced monitoring, and as it is cloud based it can be accessed at any time plus it has the additional benefits HD quality video and night vision and with the built-in microphone and speaker it can be used for two-way communication.

To the HomeGuard Pro Smart Home Alarm System for those who value all around security

Era Home Guard

The ERA HomeGuard Pro is a fully integrated Smart Home Security System that allows you to monitor multiple locations for example your home, your business and your garage from one account and to choose who gets access to your home etc and whose activities can be monitored and recorded on a personalised log. A system whereby the alarm hub can be accessed at anytime from an App via your smartphone, which can be expanded with additional accessories and is compatible with the LightWave range of lighting, heating and power solutions for the perfect smart home experience

All of the above products can be found in the pages of the Eurosecure Web site look for the ERA icon and dropdown menu on the home page and check out the full specifications at your leisure.

Knock Knock – who’s there

Doctor

Doctor Who

Knock, Knock jokes RIP we are going to miss you.

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Suites the Sweet way

Suite – set, group, collection, complement, matching set

Sweet – so many meanings but lets just for reasons of space consider those defined by the adjective – Loveabale – charming, engaging, appealing, attractive, delightful , adorable.

For too long when customers have requested “suited door furniture” they have been badly let down by the choices available to them – where they meant a fully coordinated set of door handles and all of the accessories that which has been available has been little more than handles letterplates etc in matching colours and mismatched designs but the revolutionary design of the Sweet Collection is about to change the concept forever.

The Sweet Collection is a fully integrated door furniture system, that’s all wrapped up in a beautiful design and so it not only looks sensational but offers unrivalled longevity and security.

The Sweet Collection comprises , handle, knocker, letterplate, escutcheon and numerals and they are all beautifully co-ordinated with curved graceful lines so there can be no doubting that all of the components in this hardware suite were meant to be together and when each sweet suite is available in a choice of five colours – every coordination option is covered

The Sweet suite boasts a unique multiple coating system of copper and nickel which ensures that it will stand up to anything the most inclement weather can throw at it – as part of the production process it is tested to withstand over 5000 hours of attack by salt water, which is 20x more than the industry standard for corrosion EN1906:2012

The Sweet Collection comes with a 10-year corrosion and mechanical guarantee which simply means– the product has a guaranteed expectation of life-span, rather than a manufacturer replacement of defective parts for a ten-year period. With a guarantee of this quality and duration the maintenance is minimal an occasional wipe with a damp cloth and it will still be looking as good as the day you installed it until at least its tenth birthday.

The Sweet Collection comes from the same manufacturer as the superbly successful and seriously secure Ultion lock – the lock that is universally accepted as the most secure available to the domestic market and of course the two products Sweet and Ultion are 100% compatible which means that not only are you getting a product that looks good, it is also very very secure.

We have featured the original member of the Sweet collection the “Lock-Lock

on the Eurosecure web site for some eighteen months and we have also featured it in our blog – Lock-lock something new in the world of keyless locks

The Sweet Suite at last provides the perfectly coordinated suite of door hardware that truly is suited.

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Eurosecure is getting “smart”er

Back in February 2018 we at Eurosecure made a promise to all of our customers – a promise that was contained within our blog “The internet of things – what does it really mean” – to quote the last two paragraphs of that article-

“Ultimately the “IOT” will encompass all things or objects that have a sensor attached for exchanging data, which when attached to the internet are able to communicate and make the decisions that affect our lifestyle/routine -it is estimated that by 2020, dependent on where you read that between 50million and 26billion devices will be connected to the internet.

Here at Eurosecure we are already aware of this change as it has already started to impact our core business – locks that can be operated from Apps with or without built in cameras, wholesale security systems that can monitor the security of your home whilst your on holiday we already have some of these products available to our customers and as the year progresses we shall be adding more to our portfolio of products.

The promise we made was to add new “smart” products within the year and we have to hold our hands up and say we missed our own deadline – the market for “smart” products is vast and growing by the day the industry is in many ways still trying to finalise its own communication protocols so rather than just rush in and offer none compatible devices we decided to give ourselves a little more time. The time was well spent- we wanted the products we offered to be compatible with the majority of hubs whether they be zigbee or z wave we wanted to know they could stand and operate alone or linked we needed to check out their reliability and their price – all the things that regular customers of GFD Group companies would expect. We needed to apply the same due diligence as we already do with our other comparison web sites “Composite Door Prices” and “Bi Fold Door Prices” only then, when we were happy that we understood the products we were offering and could anticipate our customers requests did we feel we could launch these new products.

It all took a little longer than anticipated but approximately one month late we are ready to fulfil that original promise to our customers – in the coming weeks anyone visiting our Eurosecure web site will find it has been re modelled with an enlarged product range of “smart” products, locks, video door bells, cctv systems etc a range that encompasses multiple manufacturers to provide our customers with the option of choice.

The GFD Group has built its reputation upon the supply and installation of quality composite doors, bifolds, windows etc through both the aforementioned comparison sites and our more traditional sites of “Timber Composite Doors“Global Doors” and “GFD Homes” and now with the addition of these new “smart” door security products we are able to offer enhanced security to all of our customers – watch out for our enhanced security packages which shall be coming soon to all GFD sites and door products.

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Home but not necessarily alone this Christmas

An Englishman’s home is his castle used to be a well-used proverb / description of the family home a phrase for which the most literal definition is –

“an English person’s home is a place where they may do as they please and from which they may exclude anyone they choose.”

The key phrase being “may exclude anyone they choose” and we all know one category of individuals we want to exclude from our property – the burglar. For many years we have lived with the belief that it was a vary rare occurrence in deed for a burglar to attempt to enter a home if you were in occupation, however, if we accept the comment of a recent article from the Telegraph – “Half of burglaries now take place when people are at home as police ‘inaction’ makes criminals bolder” the rules employed by the burglar have changed and whether you are home or not is no longer a deterrent.

As a company involved in home security, we at Eurosecure support this article in as much as it calls for more due diligence on the part of the homeowner in ensuring their homes are secure but we can not add our support to criticism of the Police – with the recent cuts to their budgets they are hard pressed enough the choice of the word “inaction” we consider inappropriate.

Does the proverb have any standing in law ­yes, it has been a legal precept in England, since at least the 17th century, that no one may enter a home, which would typically then have been in male ownership, unless by invitation. This was established as common law by the lawyer and politician Sir Edward Coke (pronounced Cook), in The Institutes of the Laws of England, 1628:

“For a man’s house is his castle, et domus sua cuique est tutissimum refugium [and each man’s home is his safest refuge].”

If as stated a mans home is safest refuge there has to be some responsibility upon the individual homeowner to ensure his home is as safe as possible which means a review / replacement of locks and a multitude of other household devices which ensure the safety of your home at Eurosecure we may not have all of the solutions but we do have an excellent range of locks and accessories which will make your home safer and more secure – a bit more like a castle. We therefore courteously invite all would be castle builders to visit our web site https://www.euro-secure.com as a first step in the security of their homes.

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Do not let this be you

The anticipation was wonderful, the packing was a bit of a chore, the journey to the airport and the parking of the car went like a dream, check in was smooth and uneventful, a couple of drinks in the bar got had you nice and chilled for the flight – you were at peace with the world. Although you are no lover of flying even the flight was relatively pleasant, then came disembarking and the joys of immigration and passport control, never easy, but with all that behind you move on to the baggage carousel and you wait and wait.

Finally, the alarm rings, the lights flash and the carousel trundles slowly into action – cases thrown indiscriminately by baggage handlers onto the moving escalator below emerge from the gaping mouth of a dark chute and roll, if you are lucky, into a nice even line, but more often than not its much more of a scrum of cases.

You wait while people reach over and around you to pull their cases from the carousel, the inevitable occurrence of someone picking the wrong case and trying to load it back on the carousel raises a quiet smile within you (these must surely be the same individuals who despite announcements to the contrary, have seats in row 3 A-C and insist on boarding the plane at the rear because its nearer to the terminal -thus causing inconvenience to every other passenger.

Cases come and cases go but you wait the carousel stops, your heart misses a beat, where is your case, you look around and reassuringly you are not alone there are still approximately about a third of your fellow travellers looking just as uneasy as you feel.

You wait watching a clock above the carousel as the minutes tick by, three, four , five, you begin to wander what is going on you can hear noise from the conveyors below – but no cases, fellow travellers gaze into the moth of the escalator more in hope than expectation. The clock keeps on ticking the minutes by, seven, eight, nine you are starting to become just a little apprehensive, ten, eleven and the carousel kicks back into life, with a rumble from below the remaining cases start tumbling out.

Cases come and cases go, the number of your fellow passengers is dwindling to a trickle, your brand new case is bright red and you tied a blue ribbon around the handle so you know you have not missed it.

As the only other passenger left lifts a black suitcase from the carousel you get that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach and then just when you thought all was lost as you gaze into the moth of the escalator- relief – one last case emerges and yes its red – but it bares little resemblance to your shiny new case, the blue ribbon is gone and the cheap padlock that the lady in the hardware shop said was more than adequate is long gone, the fabric of the case is loosely held together with a couple of turns of grey gaffer tape – your whole body shakes in despair – your holiday dreams in tatters.

A sad but all too common occurrence – suitcases do get lost and damage in transit – zips and locks do fail and possessions are at best lost or a worst stolen.

Fortunately for most of us it takes a padlock to fail before the zip gives way, but as in the main we are prone to overpacking, once the padlock fails the pressure on the zip is such that it simply starts to slide open to relieve the pressure, add in a bit of rough handling by the baggage handlers and the damage is done.

All of the above could have been avoided by the use of one of these the Ultion padlock, a padlock with the same superb specification and reputation as the Ultion domestic door lock.

What is it that makes this padlock just that little bit different from the competition – apart from the “Sold Secure” certification and the “One key” fits all option – the variable langth shackles are a useful option for those trickier of locations –

The 61mm and 70mm locks are available with three different shackle lengths and a super-secure closed shackle option, when you purchase any product that carries the Ultion brand you can be sure that it has undergone the most thorough of testing available and the Ultion Padlock is no exception. The 60mm body with its 11mm diameter variable shackle range carries the Sold Secure Silver accreditation and is CEN 5 rated and the 70mm body with 14mm diameter variable shackle range carry the Sold Secure Gold accreditation and a CEN 6 rated – which ensures that they are all Insurance approved.

Do not spoil your holiday for the extra cost of a quality padlock find out more about the Ultion Padlock and the whole Ultion range at Eurosecure

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The internet of things – do we know what we are creating? we need to get smart and quickly

A recent article in The Verge an online periodical for individuals far smarter than most of us here at GFD HQ featured an article entitled “How do you protect the Internet of Things “ which threw up one statement that should scare us all –

“For years, the Defcon conference has hosted an IOT Village (an event where nerds/hackers get together to test their capabilities) with a great name –“SOHOpelessly Broken” DEFCON Hacking Contest an event entirely devoted to cracking Internet of Things devices. The 2014 event featured a router-hacking contest that turned up 15 major vulnerabilities in a matter of hours. For researchers, finding these flaws is so easy, it’s a sport.”

If that was 2014 what would the current outcome be – we have left the original link to the 15 major vulnerabilities in our quote we may not understand them but when the Chief Information Security Officer of CIA’ is quoted as saying “I could take down the internet with that, and so could you.” , quite frankly we find it frightening.

This is far from the first time we have touched on the IOT as a topic if the above is scary take a look at the following against that which has happened in the last couple of years.

Back in 2016 in a blog entitled “Do not gaze too long into the Internet of Things” we quoted an article entitled “ Spy Fridge: the internet of things meets the surveillance state” where the then US , Director of National Intelligence James Clapper made reference to –

North Korea was a major nuclear threat

Iran would soon join them as a nuclear threat

ISIS was using a torrent of migrants from Syria to infiltrate the west

Only two short years and those three have been proven correct – and possibly the most sinister prediction of all –

Electronic surveillance would soon be possible through nearly every device in the home.

Two articles one definite conclusion the Internet of Things is bigger than all of us and it is here to stay and we still do not seem to have any idea how to monitor or control it maybe we should embrace this new technology but be more selective in our purchasing and check out the security risks of our electronic purchases that link to the internet. Or maybe, we should simply be afraid, very afraid.

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Why your new door could be at risk? Have you bought a new composite front door did it have a lock that looked like this? You spent the money, but did you get value for money and did you really get security?

When it comes to purchasing new front doors we all tend to be swayed by colour and style with security generally finishing a poor third – but one thing we can all be sure of is that if a “would be thief” comes a visiting he is not going to stand and admire our choice of style and colour, all that he will be interested in is the “lock”. Unfortunately for some of us, he will take one look, pull out a screwdriver a lock pick or a jemmy and in a couple of minutes your door will be open, he will have” bumped”, “picked” or “snapped” it, there is nothing new about these terms – a quick look at the internet and you will find literally hundreds of “YouTube” videos on the subject.

However, if your “would be thief” takes a look at the lock on your door and sees the name “Ultion” the odds are he will simply walk away – because the “Ultion” is recognised by the lock industry as the market leader when it comes to security it has numerous features that make it almost impossible for a “Would be thief” to crack – take a look at the video evidence in this blog from our sister “Timber Composite Doors” site Quality Doors, Quality Locks: Solidor and Ultion and watch the would be burglars walk away defeated by the strength of the lock. Alternatively, you could take a look at the Ultion page of the Eurosecure web site where you will find all you need to know about this most secure of locks, along with more videos showing the lock undergoing the most stringent of attacks under test conditions.

If you have bought your door and it does not have an Ultion or if you are reading this and thinking “I need one of those” – we at Eurosecure are here to help our web site has sections which show how easy it is to replace your current “dodgy” lock with a new Ultion, everything from how to measure to make sure you get the correct replacement to how to remove the old lock and fit the new one all without the aid of an expensive Locksmith – our “guides and help” page has dozens of informative and instructive videos and downloads covering everything you would ever need to know about locks.

Be safe, be secure ensure you fit a genuine Ultion lock.

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Now we are importing burglars

Here at Eurosecure we are used to trawling through statistics on household burglaries some we believe, some we discount and some we feature in articles and blogs to highlight the rise in this most intrusive of crimes, but we have to admit even we were surprised at this latest revelation. This happy couple in national costume, are not the stereotype that we would be looking for if we were trying to identify the next person who might want to burgle our homes – true – actually, no if the latest reports from the Metropolitan Police as featured in this article about “Burglary tourists” are correct.

Over recent years as the UK has become more and more multi-cultural so the committing of crime by UK residents of different ethnicity has increased, but, in general the perpetrators were resident and home grown in the UK and not imported specifically for the purpose of committing a crime – and most definitely not “tourist burglars” from the other side of the world – if this article is correct this is a concept that has now changed quite dramatically.

To quote from the article –

“Scotland Yard has launched a manhunt for the British-based leaders of the Chilean network after burglaries across southwest London, the Thames Valley, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Kent and as far afield as Somerset and north Wales.

More than 75 Chilean burglars have been arrested in the UK over the past two years and the gang is known to be active in Spain and other European countries, according to The Times.”

If the article had named a country nearer to home it would have been a lot easier to understand but Chile is a very long air flight away from the UK. The parties responsible for these burglaries would not have been travelling in National Costume (as the happy couple above) or displaying any other obvious clues to their intentions upon arrival in the UK, making it a lot harder for the Immigration authorities to apprehend them. However, we wonder, if a group of Chilean men had arrived at Customs dressed in Chilean National costume, as those below, looking more like extras for a remake of “Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid”, than a band of renegades, would our Customs authorities have apprehended them?

At Eurosecure we have no grievance with the Chilean people and trust them in the main to be an honourable nationality, but, we would much prefer that they kept this unsavoury element (not the men in the photograph) of their population, who commit their crimes on UK shores, at home, in their native country.

For the benefit of any UK residents living in “southwest London, the Thames Valley, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Kent and as far afield as Somerset and north Wales.” who feel that they may be at risk from these gangs may we suggest a visit to the Eurosecure web site where you will find a selection of affordable easy to install products that will ensure that your household is that bit more secure should you be targeted by any would be thief.

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