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How to choose the right security cam for your summer hols

AUGUST is a good month for break-ins, because many of us leave our homes unoccupied while we hightail it to Tuscany or Torremolinos . But a remotely controlled security camera back home can be as good as – or better than – a house sitter. The current fad for home automation products has spawned a raft of cameras that record what is going on and allow you to access the footage from wherever you are . They don t actively deter intruders but they do arm you with the evidence if you need it . More importantly, perhaps, they provide some peace of mind when home is far away. All of them work in more or less the same way, connecting to the internet and uploading footage to a cloud, from where it can be accessed by PC or phone . Most have sensors that can start recording when movement is detected, and some can be panned and swivelled remotely.

But while the technology is similar, the business models of the manufacturers vary greatly . In particular, some require you to pay a monthly fee to record and play video; others include everything in the purchase price. Recording and playing back your footage is a must for practical use . Any camera will let you watch live, and many will alert you when they detect something, but unless you can search and see events retrospectively, your evidence will vanish into the breeze. Less essential but still useful features on some models include the ability to store footage on an SD card in the camera itself, and two-way audio to communicate with someone back home. All security cameras have companion apps that let you watch footage on your phone, but the design and functionality of these varies enormously . The market has matured greatly in recent years, and the interface of my BT Smart HomeCam from 2014 seems rudimentary now. The Evo range from Y-Cam is among the newer entrants to the market, offering seven days rolling cloud storage of video clips for the first three years, as part of the upfront 129 . The range includes indoor and outdoor models, and can he had as bundles at a slight cost saving.

It is by selling you more than one camera that manufacturers try to lock you into whatever subscription model they are offering . The outlay is too great for you to replace them all and go elsewhere, they figure . But there are also advantages to you, since you can view and control all your cameras from a single app, like a security officer in a shopping mall. Security cameras typically record video in high definition, though not necessarily the highest available, and HD recording tends to be used as a sales incentive . In fact, for security use the definition hardly matters – the ability to compensate for bright sunlight and to shoot clearly at night is far more useful . A lens with a wide field of vision is also worth having, so you can position it without blind spots. Where to place these cameras is an art in itself . Nearly all need mains power, and it s a challenge to run cables discreetly along walls without compromising the view . It s also worth bearing in mind that if the power to your home is cut, so is the video feed.

Your intended use for a security camera – child minder, pet monitor, web cam – will dictate the functions you need, but even from those few examples, it s plain to see how easily they could become part of your life.

Construction Security

Construction Security

We require security officers who hold a valid SIA licence card to secure our construction site in the Barnsely area. Successful applicants will be responsible for Patrolling, carrying out Searches, Report Writing, Adhering to Health and Safety rules and Deterring access of unauthorised individuals. Applicants must:

  • Be eligible to work in the UK (documentation is required)
  • Be able to provide a 5 year checkable history
  • Have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Have a valid SIA licence
  • Have a valid CSCS card
  • Previous construction security experience desirable

Terms:

  • 12 hour shifts
  • Monday – Sunday
  • 07:00 – 19:00
  • 19:00 – 07:00
  • 9.50ph(payments made by umbrella company)
  • Flexibility required
  • Start end of August

To apply, please forward your CV ensuring you include your SIA and CSCS card numbers.

Andrews International Ltd is an Equal opportunities employer.

Job Type: Temporary

Job Location:

  • Barnsley S71

Required experience:

  • security: 3 years

Required licence or certification:

  • Valid DS or SG

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Construction Security

Leeds Festival security has been increased ‘dramatically’

Leeds Festival boss Melvin Benn today reassured music lovers that this year s event will be the safest ever – after working closely with police anti-terrorist experts to dramatically increase security. It follows the recent spate of terrorist attacks, not least of all the suicide bombing which killed 22 people and injured more than 100 others at American singer Ariana Grande s Manchester Arena gig. But while bag searches may take a little longer, festival-goers should get on site faster after an investment in extra training, resources and bigger entry lanes, he said. The biggest change will be allowing only A4-sized bags into the main arena itself – which is now common practice at most concert venues. Backstage security will also be tighter than ever with sniffer dogs used on production vehicles at the venue in Bramham Park. The measures apply to his Leeds and Reading double header festivals – both on August 25 to 27 – where this year s big names include Eminem, Kasabian, Muse and ex-Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher. For tickets, updates, safety information and more visit www.leedsfestival.com

Melvin, managing director of Festival Republic, produced the One Love Manchester benefit concert which raised over 10m in response to the attack – bringing together artists including Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Take That. He said they have learned an enormous amount about improving security at that and other events. There has also been a swift culture change in concert-goers embracing new measures, including reducing what they take into events to speed up entry queues, he said.

We are providing an environment that is as safe as is possible, he said. Trust me, we are working with terrorism experts in West Yorkshire Police, Thames Valley Police and up and down the country. Our security provision has gone up very dramatically .

We are investing in a huge amount of extra training and resources in order to provide that reassurance . In the main there won t be much more additional delay . We will put extra resource in to make the lanes bigger and people will be able to come through faster. He added: The big change really will be in terms of the arena – we will only be allowing in bags the size of an A4 sheet of paper . That will allow people to bring a rain mac or a bottle of water, or a sandwich. There will be sniffer dogs used on production vehicles coming in.

What we are doing, very rapidly, is changing the culture and people are embracing it.

We are in a changed world . But we re not giving in to any of these threats or demands or anything like that, we are just working through it.