How To Turn Your Old Smart Phone into a Home Security Camera!

The majority of us will have some sort of unused smart phone lying around our house, there are many different ways you can utilise your old smart phone so that it doesn’t remain unused. One way to ‘recycle’ your old smart phone is relatively easy and can bring you peace of mind when you are away from home is to turn into a home security camera.
Below are the different methods for turning an Android or iOS smart phone into a home security camera…
How to turn your old Android phone into a home security camera
How to turn your old smart phone into a home security camera
  1. Download the Home Security IPCamera App (Free) from the Google Play Store
  2. Follow the installation instructions on the Home Security IPCamera App
  3. Login to Trackview using the Home Security IPCamera App, you can login using your existing Gmail account user name and password.
  4. Set up your smart phone anywhere in your home you wish to monitor. Using the Home Security IP Camera App you can monitor, track or buzz using the smart phone you carry with you every day. You can also check the alert messages, record and playback your clips.
  5. The Home Security IPCamera App allows you to use more than one device so if you have more than one unused smart phone lying around, you could use the steps above to set it up as an additional home security camera (just make sure you use the same login for all the devices you wish to use).
How to turn your old iPhone into a home security camera
  1. Download the Manything App (Free) from the App Store
  2. Follow the installation instructions on the Manything App
  3. Register your device
  4. Press record
  5. Login into to watch live, playback to any point in time and to create and share your clips from your desktop computer or the iPhone you use every day.
  6. The Manything App also allows you to connect to connect to any smarthome features you may have installed your home via the IFTTT channel.

Utilize your old smartphone for home security

Stay Secure at a Festival This Summer!

Stay secure at a festival this summer with our guide to festival security.


Did you know that one in seven festival goers have been a victim of theft at a festival?

As figures suggest, the risk of crime at a festival is relatively high and can be considerably costly for those who attend, with it being reported that an estimated £190,000 worth of possessions were stolen at seven of the UK’s biggest festivals.

  1. Take only the essentials

Try to take only the essentials to a festival. The fewer valuables you take the least likely are you to be a victim of theft.

  1. Register any valuables

If you do decide to take any valuables with you such as a smart phone or tablet make sure you register them so if the worse did happen it will help to make recovery easier. You can register any valuables for free by visiting

  1. Don’t leave any valuables in your vehicle

By leaving any valuables in your car you could be leaving yourself vulnerable to being a victim of theft as your car will be unattended for long periods of time whilst you enjoy the festival.

  1. Remove any suction marks from your windscreen

If you have used a sat nav to find the festival’s venue make sure you remove any suction marks from your windscreen as failure to do so could alert a thief that there may be valuables such as a sat nav stored inside your vehicle.

  1. Don’t bring large amounts of money, expensive jewellery, watches or costume jewellery that appears to be of value.

  1. Use a site locker to store anything of value

If you do decide to bring any valuables to a festival don’t leave them in your tent or car instead use the site lockers to store them. These can usually be booked in advance and are open 24 hours a day.

  1. Mark any valuables

Any valuables you do take to a festival should be marked with your details using a UV pen.

  1. Extend your home insurance to include personal belongings

Home insurance provider Aviva advise extending your home and contents insurance to include personal belongings cover otherwise you may end up facing a bill of replacing lost or stolen items.

Three Quarters of Britons Do Not Change Their Locks After Moving House

A survey has revealed that a staggering 74% of homeowners do not call a locksmith to change the locks when they move into a new property, potentially leaving them vulnerable to break-ins by someone who obtained a key during the previous ownership.

Survey participants were asked if they had their locks changed within a fortnight of moving in to their current home, only a quarter said ‘yes’. This basic security measure is recommended by leading home insurance providers such as Churchill, as most insurance claims are valid only if there are clear signs of breaking and entering, so the insurer will not pay out if the intruder was able to let themselves in with a key.

According to the Office for National Statistics the number of recorded burglaries has been gradually falling year on year for the last decade, but there are worries that this positive trend can only be sustained if homeowners remain vigilant and don’t take unnecessary risks with their home security. British Crime Survey statistics from The Crime Prevention Website show that people who have been living in their home for less than a year are twice as likely to be burgled as the average.

Eddie Wilkinson, Operations Director at Keytek®, said: “Getting your locks changed should be high on the list of priorities for anyone moving into a new home. You have no way of knowing how many keys the previous owners lost or gave to other people, and this does leave your home vulnerable. For a relatively small amount of money you can get a locksmith to change your locks, and not only will this ensure you know exactly who has a key, but will also ensure your locks are new and adhere to British Standards.”

Keytek® Get Ready to Launch New Home Security Shop

If upgrading your home security is on your agenda this summer or your thinking of protecting something special, then checking in with Keytek® should be at the top of your list.

The Keytek® brand is expanding, and exciting times are approaching for us all here at Keytek®, as the final touches are added to our very first online shop. It’s not far from launch day and after weeks of sorting through picking and discarding products; we are all pleased to let you know that in the next few weeks our shop will be open for business. Keytekshop will be supplying you with lots of high quality additions for your home security, from some of the best brands in security – just in time for summer!

Home safes, cash boxes, and additional home security options are some of the many things we’ve included in our product line from top brands like Yale and Master lock. So if you’re in need of a little upgrade on your home security or would like to protect something valuable Keytek® shop is the perfect place to find it. You can also expect to see lots of additional benefits from us to make you’re shopping as care free as possible like our online chat support, return policy and after sales service, along with a low price guarantee.

To kick it all off we’ve got lots of amazing discounts, giveaways and promotions ready for our launch! But we can’t give too much way too soon, so keep posted on our social media for all our updates on the countdown to open day. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates on the launch and special offers for email subscribers!

Avoiding a Repeat Burglary

Avoiding a repeat burglary

Did you know that one in four burglary victims have had their home targeted again after the burglary occurred.

Unfortunately as figures suggest if you were to be burgled a second time it is likely to be by the same person as they will often believe if they didn’t get caught the first time they won’t get caught the second time, therefore your home is more likely to be targeted again. He or she already knows the layout of your home and will most likely wait until you have replaced any stolen items.

If you have already been a victim of burglary, you should take action to prevent it from happening again…

  1. Review the security of your home

Take a look round and use the Home Security checklist which you can download here to review the security of your home. Alternatively call a local locksmith on 0800 035 0451 to book in a home security and insurance compliance check.

  1. Replace all damaged locks

Make sure any locks on doors or windows that were damaged as a result of the first burglary are replaced by a locksmith. This will also be the best opportunity for you to upgrade your locks to ones that will help to protect your home should a burglar strike again such as the ABS High Security Euro Cylinder. The ABS High Security Euro Cylinder is designed to prevent a burglar from using the snapping method to gain entry on an uPVC or double glazed door.


  1. Fit lights with motion sensors

Have motion sensing lights fitted to the outside of your home so that the exterior of your home and garden is well lit. This will act as a great burglary deterrent as they are often more confident in the dark.

  1. Fit an alarm system

Yale has designed a range of alarms called the ‘Easy Fit Range’ which will allow you to easily install a DIY home alarm system. Each product in the range harnesses pre-programmed wirefree technology and comes with Velcro strips so you don’t have to drill into your wall.  The range is available in four different kits, alongside a range of accessories so that you can tailor your alarm system in order to suit the security of your home.

  1. Join your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme

You can find your local Neighbourhood Watch by visiting

Garden Security Tips

Keep your garden and home secure by taking these simple home security steps…

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Keep your garden tidy

Keeping your front garden tidy and secure could help to prevent a break-in. If you have bins or other storage items out in your garden, they could be used as a foot up, or a tool to break glass to gain entry to the house. If you are worried about burglars using garden furniture to gain access then you can bolt them down, meaning they can’t be moved to be used as a foot up. Leaving a ladder out, is like leaving your front door wide open, it’s an invitation for a burglar to gain access, so make sure these are also securely stored away.


Improve your fence or perimeter

Trim back any hedges and make sure the front of your house is clearly visible from the road as a burglar will be more confident if they cannot be seen by your neighbours or any passers-by. Gates, fencing, walls or hedges shouldn’t be more than 1 metre high. If your fence is taken over 2 meters then you will need planning permission. Add trellis to make your fence difficult to climb. Or plant thorny bushes to discourage people from trying to climb over.


Use gravel pathways

Using gravel for pathways will be impossible for an intruder to walk on it without making a sound and will help to alert you to their presence.


Check for Gaps in your fencing

Go along the perimeter of your garden and check for any weak spots in your fence or wall. Replace any loose fence panels. This should stop a potential thief gaining access to your garden easily.

Make sure your shed or garage are secure

Garden sheds and garages are often an easy target for a burglar as they are often over looked in terms of security. The contents of a shed can add up to hundreds if not thousands of pounds especially if you are using it to store valuables such as lawn mowers, strimmers, tools and bicycles. As a result it is definitely worth investing in additional security for your shed or garage.

Garden Tools

According to Halifax the average garden is worth £1,928, so leaving your garden tools out on display is the same as leaving jewellery on your window ledge. A thief is looking for a quick opportunity to grab anything they can, so don’t make it easy for them. Make sure you lock your expensive tools away in a secure box, or in a secure shed. It’s the same if you keep your bike in the garden, keep it hidden or securely locked.


Solar Garden Lights

Have solar powered motion sensing lights fitted to the outside of your home. This will act as a great burglary deterrent as they are often more confident in the dark. To make the most of your outdoor solar lights then you need to make sure you follow a few simple guidelines.


Positioning- Areas

Make sure you’ve got all important areas covered, front door, back door, shed etc. However you will need to make sure you’ve got enough lighting to leave no blind spots around the garden, it might be best to have several dimmer outdoor solar lights, than one really bright solar light. If you leave blind spots in the garden, it’s easier for a burglar to move around unseen.


Positioning- Placement

Placement is important in making your outdoor solar lights effective, to high and you’ll not have enough light, to low and you won’t get the coverage you need.

The light that comes down from a correct height will be softer. Meaning you’ll get fewer blind spots created by shadows. It’s also much easier to get a full coverage of your garden, if they are placed at the correct height. If you have your outdoor solar lights lower to the ground, then you will need to purchase more to get full coverage.

You need to make sure that any light you place in your garden is placed high and points down, so you don’t cause light pollution and annoy your neighbours.

Protecting your Outdoor Security Lights

Your solar lights are there to keep your home safe, but what’s to stop someone stealing them!? This is another reason to place them at an appropriate height; it will be harder to tamper with them, if the burglar can’t reach. Another plus of having outdoor solar lights, is that there are no wires to cut, so they can’t be disabled with that way.


Get the right colour bulbs

If you’re tempted to go for some funky coloured lights for your garden. Don’t. While they may look great, they are not good for security. White or clear bulbs make much better security lights as they produce a much brighter, cleaner light. Having coloured lights could also interfere with identifying a burglar, as the colour effect could change the way the intruder’s clothes look.


Get motion activated lights

Avoid having outdoor solar lights that are on all the time, lights constantly being on, means you may be giving a potential intruder a great view of what’s there to steal. By having lights that come on when activated means any intruders eyes will have to adjust from darkness to bright light and this can be disorientating and will hopefully encourage them to leave your property. A burglar is most likely going to be on edge when breaking in to your house, so if they are suddenly bathed in light, this could cause them to panic and run off.