Introducing Alfred: Android Based CCTV

How Google’s OS, and Alfred, can help to secure your home
winter home security

Sometimes, having appropriate locks on your doors and windows isn’t enough to secure your home. You can also mark your valuables with a security pen, detailing your name, address and postcode. Another common way to secure your home includes CCTV, but systems can either be over-engineered or expensive for smaller properties. Taking its name from Batman’s butler is the Alfred app, a low-cost solution powered by two Android devices. Continue reading “Introducing Alfred: Android Based CCTV”

Scandal of the Not So Smart Alarms

How smart alarms are probably not all they’re cracked up to be

Could Smart Alarms make our home more vulnerable?
Cyber criminal image by Benoit Daoust/Shutterstock.

They have been sold as a state-of-the-art alternative to metal locking systems and bog-standard burglar alarms. Thanks to the internet and global packet radio systems, a digitally controlled security system is affordable for households and businesses. They can complement ‘traditional’ Yale locks and mortice locks and take the place of traditional burglar alarms. Households can switch the burglar alarm on and off with a mobile device. Continue reading “Scandal of the Not So Smart Alarms”

The Botched £57m Heist of the Century

The story of a record heist with shambolic results

Fitzwilliam Museum: where the £57 million heist finished.
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: where the £57m heist ended.

Fourteen men, including four people associated with the Rathkeale Rovers gang, were convicted of plotting to steal rhino horn and Chinese treasures at Birmingham Crown Court. A number of raids across Europe and South Africa saw the group plunder archaeological treasures. They mainly targeted natural history museums and auction houses. Continue reading “The Botched £57m Heist of the Century”

Locksmith with Sock and Magnet Breaks $250 Safe

Locksmith’s safe crack goes viral

“…So, anything you buy in Home Depot… any safe, in Walmart, Costco… Staples, Canadian Tire, it’s all crap! We can open them in less than ten seconds [some of them]…”

Meet Terry Whin-Yates, the President of Mr. Locksmith. He is a professional locksmith like our Colin. Only in Canada instead of Oxfordshire. He has a popular YouTube channel under the alias of Mr. Locksmith, his company’s name.  His channel has 31,006 subscribers, with an average of 8,000 viewers per clip. Continue reading “Locksmith with Sock and Magnet Breaks $250 Safe”