How do TV and Film Keep their Secrets Safe?

In this day and age of television on demand and people binge watching TV shows, the TV and Film industry have had to up their game to prevent spoilers coming out before shows and films are released.

There’s a rumour that Amazon have employed military style security to guard the secrecy of their new Lord of the Rings series. It seems there is a ‘bunker’ with a security guard on the door and fingerprint scanners, all to protect the writer’s room. Sceptics might say that the overdramatic security is a publicity stunt to peak people’s interest in their new TV show. Either way it’s a drastic way to keep the details under wraps. This is not a new trend however, the TV and film industry have been closely guarding their secrets for a long time and it seems the bigger the show/film, the bigger the security.

Television

The whole country seems to be caught up with Line of Duty fever at the moment and with the finale airing this Sunday, viewers are clamouring to find the secrets to the shows ending. Being one of the most popular TV shows in the country, you’d think they would have all kinds of tactics to keep the information safe. However, their security protocols are pretty old school. Everyone involved has to sign NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) meaning they could get sued if they tell anyone information (this does include spouses and family!). They also film in Belfast, which means they avoid a lot of the paparazzi that you would find in cities like London or Manchester. One thing that might surprise you is that the cast, even the main actors, are not told the shows full plot line. They are often only given their own lines, or parts of the scripts and they are NEVER given the script as a whole. This means that they are in the dark of what will happen when the show actually airs. For a show that is so popular and one of the few shows that comes out weekly, they do pretty well to keep the endings of the police drama a secret.

You might remember how the whole country became obsessed with Broadchurch a few years ago? Well, this meant the security had to be tightened on the subsequent series. Scripts were sent out with false titles (Tea and Sympathy) and the head writer Chris Chibnall used an alias and had alternative scripts written. All this so the public could be surprised by the twists and turns week to week.

One of the most closely guarded secret in the UK television industry is the identity of the new person playing The Doctor in Doctor Who. For years the speculation around this makes the headlines, bookies suspend odds and people scramble to find out ahead of time who it could be. The BBC employ classic tactics such as having people audition for fake parts, with fake names and over skype to stop any chance of a spoiler leaking. They will also take any person who leaks a spoiler to court, hopefully deterring anyone else from doing it.

 

Hollywood

You might think that the UK TV industry goes to some extreme lengths to protect their secrets, but it’s nothing compared to that of what the Hollywood film industry do to stop movie spoilers coming out. Part of the difference is that the American press are more intense when it comes to finding out spoilers. Flying drones over film sets, bribing crew members and hacking laptops are only some of the techniques that have been employed to find out the plot twists of the most recent blockbusters. So, it makes sense that the big movie companies invest heavily in security tactics to prevent leaks.

The most well-known film franchise of recent years is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these films have employed some radical techniques to prevent leaks. The actors weren’t allowed to take any scripts home with them and all scripts would be accounted for at the end of every day and destroyed. This made sure that human error wouldn’t mean the script was lost and then leaked. Actors would also only be given the scripts for scenes that involved them, meaning they were in the dark about what was happening in the rest of the movie. The cast were also banned from taking any photos from behind the scenes, in case any information could be gained from the images.

Disney had a similar technique on the set of the new Star Wars films, they would print their scripts on red paper, meaning that if anyone attempted to photocopy it or scan it, it would be completely unreadable. On one major Hollywood film, the actors were sent scripts electronically and they would self-delete after a certain amount of time. They were also cautious of drones flying overhead with cameras (as information had been leaked this way before) so sometimes actors would have to cloak themselves in blankets to walk to a covered set.

Big film companies also add things like unique watermarks, or slight changes in the script, so if there is a leak, studios can identify where the leak came from. Studios also have the ability to block sites that share leaked information, and stop them from showing up in searches. Google recently revealed that they receive over 2 million take down requests per day. Studios can also sue websites that feature leaked, confidential information. This means that even if they did receive spoilers, they may not want to publish them anyway.

 

So, it seems that movie and television studios are going to more and more extreme measures to keep their secrets from being leaked. Do you think that these measures are appropriate? Or do you think it’s all one big publicity stunt?

 

References:

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-movie-studios-prevent-leaks-2016-1?r=US&IR=T#studios-protect-alter-watermark-and-destroy-film-scripts-3

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/apr/09/spolier-alert-tv-and-film-protect-their-blockbusters

https://screenrant.com/hollywood-script-security-leak-prevention-2013/

https://www.cinemablend.com/new/How-Far-Marvel-Now-Going-Prevent-Leaks-86497.html

Staying Safe Whilst Walking Alone

We here at Keytek® are in firm support of ensuring that everyone has the right to walk home safely. We want to express that the below tips and products are not the solution to the difficult situation we find ourselves in now, but rather suggestions on how you can try to keep yourself save in these uncertain times.

 

The realities of walking alone, especially at night, can be daunting. This leaves many feelings unsafe and anxious whilst exercising, commuting, or travelling. In our society, the idea of “text me when you get home” is a constant reminder that we need to be vigilant when travelling alone and need to be cautious to keep safe, no matter our age or gender. We have done a bit of research and have compiled a few things you can do to try and keep yourself safe and the most important apps to have on hand.

 

Tips to Stay Safe When Walking Home Alone

We would never recommend that anyone walks home alone, we would always suggest trying to walk home with a friend or in a group, however if you do end up walking home alone there are a few tips you could consider. These tips not only are suggested to make your journey safer but also help to reduce the anxiety you might be feeling.

 

1.      Think About Your Footwear

The first tip you might hear is that you should always wear appropriate footwear when walking, and unfortunately it is true. Although a nice pair of shoes might match your outfit perfectly, if there is a chance that you might have to walk home, we would always suggest wearing comfortable shoes.

This doesn’t mean that you need to carry around a pair of running trainers, but rather consider a pair of comfortable flat shoes or a pair of worn in comfortable shoes.

2.      Plan Your Way Home

If you find yourself walking home on your own, no matter what time of day it is, make sure you know where you are going and that you stick to as many main roads as possible. Walking through an alley might save you a few minutes but it’s not worth the extra risk that comes with it. Not only will knowing your way home make you feel safer, but it will also help you to feel more confident whilst walking.

3.      Phone a Friend

If you feel nervous or anxious, phone a friend. This can be a partner, friend or relative, but give them a call and stay on the phone with them until you reach your destination. This will allow you to feel more relaxed as you focus on getting to your destination and will help to make you less of a target for crime. Be cautious however to remain aware of your surroundings so that you aren’t distracted from traffic or others.

4.      Keep Your Keys in Your Hands

This might seem overzealous, but it means that when you reach your destination you can enter quickly, without having to fumble around in your bag or become distracted at the door.

5.      Try to Remain Calm and Confident

Easier said than done but being sure of yourself makes you a lesser target for crime. Walk calmly and steady to show that you aren’t panicked and are aware of your surroundings. Don’t be afraid to look people in the eyes or even greet them as you go past.

6.      Carry a Whistle or an Alarm

If you are nervous, or regularly walk home alone, consider carrying an alert whistle that is easily accessible to you when walking. This can help to alert others in the vicinity that you feel unsafe or threatened and need assistance.

7.      Walk in the Direction of Oncoming Traffic

Walking into traffic ensures that you are more aware of the cars passing you by and can prevent a car from coming up behind you.

8.      Avoid Carrying Multiple Bags

Try to carry as little bags as possible as carrying multiple can give the impression that you may have valuables on your person, and it can also restrict your ability to react quickly if need be.

9.      Don’t Distract Yourself with Your Phone

It can be easy to resort to looking at your phone for comfort, but we strongly advise against this as it can distract you from your surroundings. Refrain from texting or playing a game as it takes your attention away from your destination and can make you a target for crime. Listening to music through headphones may seem like a good idea but it makes it harder to be aware of your surroundings leaving you vulnerable to people approaching or road traffic.

10.  Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

If you feel unsafe, or are feeling threatened by another person, don’t be afraid to walk into a supermarket or hospitality establishment and ask for help. Surrounding yourself with people if you feel you have become a target will reduce the risk to yourself and help you to find a solution. For example, if you feel unsafe, walking into a supermarket and asking for help will always start to deescalate the situation and someone can hopefully help to find you a way home safely.

 

If you ever feel that you are not safe or are being threatened, don’t just ignore it or carrying on walking home, always look to find help and place yourself into a situation where it is harder to get to you.

 

What Should I Do If I am Being Followed?

The feeling of being followed is unnerving and unsettling and although thankfully is usually just a result of feeling uncomfortable or an overactive imagination, it is important to ensure that you take your instincts seriously and remain calm as you get to a safe location.

 

1.      Stay Calm, Steady and Confident

Controlling the fear is important as it allows you to think rationally. Your gut might tell you to run for it, but in fact this could put you in more danger. The best thing for you to do is to subtlety pick up the pace ever so slightly and see how the person following reacts. Have they sped up? Have they remained at the same pace?

Most of the time, the person we think is following isn’t, so taking the few seconds to calm down and assess the situation can make the world of difference.

2.      Change Direction

If you know the area well, an option to see if you are being followed is to slightly change direction. This could be taking the longer way around or crossing the road when safe. If the individual copies your movements, then you should seek help immediately.

3.      Go Somewhere Public

If there is no-one at home or you feel threatened, we recommend that you go to a crowded public place where you can tell someone about your fear. At night, it can be harder to find a safe place, but places such as bars and supermarkets might be a good option. Express your suspicions to a member of the security team or member of staff who may be able to help or remain at your side until the police arrive.

4.      Don’t make it Obvious

If you feel a serious threat that someone is following you, don’t make them aware of this. Panicking, running or even looking over your shoulder can give the game away which might prompt a confrontation. Whilst they believe you unaware, you have the advantage to get to a safe place without raising suspicion.

5.      Call the Police

If the situation calls for it, discreetly call the police and inform them of the threat. The trained phone operatives will help guide you through the situation whilst they get help on the way.

 

Best Personal Alarm Devices for 2021

 

TooDoo 130db SafeSound

Stylish and practical, this device can attach onto your keys, purse or bag and once activated sets off an alarm. At 1030 dB and with a range of 600 feet, the high-pitched beeping is both an effective alert and deterrent. As an added feature a built in LED is situated on top which boasts a light of 80 lumens.

To activate the alarm, the top strap needs to be pulled from the device, this will then sound the alarm, which will last for 1.5 hours uninterrupted on full batteries. To deactivate the device, the pin at the end of the wrist strap simply needs to be replaced into the slot.

 

Safesound Personal Alarm

Small, compact, and effective, this alarm is connected to a keychain that allows you to attach it easily to your bag, purse, keys or even belt loops for easy access. In an emergency you simply need to pull the pin out of the top of the device or press the SOS button twice, which will activate 130-140dB alarm to alert others around you. As an added feature there is a LED light at the end of the device to illuminate dark surroundings.

As an added benefit, you can get this device in different colours which makes it easier to match with your bag or keys so that it can be more discreet.

 

Heart Shape Personal Security Alarm

A more discreet alarm that looks more like a keychain, this device is a reflective heart shape but is also a deceiving alarm. Simply pull the pin from the top and a 130dB alarm will sound that can be heard from up to 600 feet, alerting others that you feel threatened or are in danger. The battery included has a yearlong 365-day standby time, ensuring that should you need it the alarm will sound.

 

Phone Apps to Keep you Safe

One Scream

This app is the perfect companion for those travelling alone, especially at night, to feel more confident that even if you can’t reach your phone or personal security alarm in an emergency you are still offered some protection.

How does the app work?

When running on the background of your phone, One Scream can detect a panicked scream, identify your location, and send an alert to help to your dedicated emergency contacts even if buried at the bottom of your bag.

When you are in danger and cannot reach your phone

  1. Your panicked scream triggers the app.
  2. A loud siren is activated, the phone starts vibrating, and a notification pops up.
  3. There is a 20 second period to allow you to cancel the alarm.
  4. If not aborted, an automated message is sent to your emergency contacts alongside your location.
  5. If you and your emergency contact have an android phone, a phone line is opened so that they can hear the real events.

How to set up the app

To set up the app, simply add up to 3 different contacts to be notified when you need help and activate the app to run in the background of your phone whist you are on the move. Your emergency contacts will also need to download the app from the app store to get the notifications should there be an emergency.

 

One Scream FAQs

What if I don’t have signal or a connection?

If you don’t have signal, the app will still work in terms of creating a loud siren but will not be able to notify your contacts. Not to worry however as this is still a very effective alert system for people in the surrounding area and acts as a deterrent.

Is my location monitored?

Your location is only detected when the app has activated due to detecting a scream, otherwise your location is not shared.

 

Parachute

When an emergency occurs, the Parachute app starts a visual and audio live recording whilst also sending a live location to your designated emergency contacts. Your emergency contacts can then access the live recording to understand the situation and see in real time what is going on, whilst also allowing you to see the status of the alerts and whether the alerts have been successfully received.

How to set up the app

Once downloaded from the app store, the app requires a monthly subscription, however with the vast amount of features the cost is high value for money. You then need to allocate emergency contacts with information for how to contact them.

 

Emergency SOS (ISO, Apple)

A built-in feature for Apple phones, this allows for an emergency SOS to be sent out to both your emergency contacts and the local authorities to alert that you are in need for help.

How does it work?

Once set up in the phone’s settings, you simply press the lock button on the phone 5 times to activate the emergency SOS, from there a loud siren activates from the phone and you have 5 seconds to deactivate the distress call before your emergency contacts are notified of your situation and your location and a call to emergency services are connected.

How do I set up the Emergency SOS?

The emergency SOS is already active on all iPhones but should you wish to add emergency contacts, you need to go into the settings searching for ‘emergency SOS’.

How to add emergency contacts

  1. Open the Health App and tap your profile picture.
  2. Open the Medical ID.
  3. Select Edit in the upper right-hand corner.
  4. Scroll to the emergency contact section and tap the green plus button.
  5. Create a new contact with their details and their relationship to you.
  6. Tap done to complete.

 

Hive Sensors: A Review

At the start of the century everyone had dreams of the ultimate smart home, that made life easy and left you feeling secured. Now no longer a dream we introduce the Hive Home Ecosystem!

A specially cultivated range of products designed to not only bring security and ease but style and streamline everyday life. Within their ecosystem you can find smart home solutions ranging from thermostats to lightbulbs to security cameras, and today we are reviewing one of their most interconnected products: The Hive Motion Sensor!

 

Hive Smart Sensors

There are currently two different sensor ranges within the Hive Home ranges, Hive window and door sensors and the Hive motion sensor.

The Hive window and door sensors are installed on windows and doors and will indicate whether it is opened or closed. The Hive motion sensor however detects surrounding motions.

What do the Hive sensors do?

Just like it says on the tin these Hive motion sensors detect motion, however it doesn’t stop there. The Hive ecosystem is the pinnacles of smart sophistication as all their products interconnect, meaning that one well-placed sensor could open a variety of smart home solutions your heart can only dream of.

 

What can you do with the Hive Motion Sensor?

Using the Hive app, you can seamlessly integrate any motion sensors into your smart environment and connect them to any Hive devices to create ‘actions’. Actions work based on “if this, then that” to create a simplicity to smart living. Through the app, simply program one of these actions to include your new motion sensor and your away!

 

Security

Using the connectivity of the Hive app, once motion is detected in your home a smart notification will pop up on the connected smart devices to let you know of any suspicious behaviour and you can even take it one step further by connecting the motion sensor to other devices. Should you have a Hive View security camera, simply connect the two together so that if motion is detected near the front door, the camera turns on to give you a live view of what is happening.

 

Streamlined and Efficient

Struggling to find the light when you come home from work? Simply place a motion sensor close to your front door and set up an action where when motion is detected it will activate the hive smart plug that is connected to your hallway lamp, illuminating your house for you without even touching the switch.

The Hive motion sensors offer ways to create personalised smart home experiences that is tailored to the patterns of your life and which are going to best suit you.

 

What can you do with the Hive Door and Window Sensors?

As these are placed on doors and windows, these sensors offer great environmental and security controls that help to not only ensure that the security of your home is intact but to also help you cut down on your energy bills as well!

 

Security Notifications and Connections

As they detect when a window or door has been opened, you can keep track of who is coming in and out of your home effortlessly. Whilst at work your side door is opened, but not to worry a push notification is sent straight to your smart device and when connected to a Hive View camera placed in your hallway it automatically starts recording. This means that you can view the camera remotely from your smart device and see what activity has set off the motion alarm. Should the situation then call for it, using HomeShield you can call the local police, all from the app!

 

Energy Efficient and Money Saving

The Hive system is not the cheapest on the market, and for good reason too. These high-quality products can be a little bit of an investment to begin with, however the practicality, functionality and quality see you get a return on your investment. Save on energy bills when you create an action connecting your Hive thermostat with your new window sensor, so that when the window is opened your heating automatically decreases to not only save you money on your energy bills but also reducing your carbon footprint.

 

Placing a Hive Sensor in your Home

The Hive motion sensor is designed to be easily applied to any wall, corner or any other flat surface using the adhesive tabs which is going to provide a unique experience that fits to your lifestyle. Not only does Hive have amazing connectivity with the products in the Hive ecosystem but also to a select few other smart home brands such as the Phillips Hue Bulb.

 

Hallways

Placing a sensor in your hallway or entryway means that you can create a unique entrance into your home. Simply connect your sensor to a Hive smart plug or lamp with a Phillips Hue Bulb and when the sensor senses motion it will automatically turn on without even touching the switch.

 

Windows and Doors

Leaving the house in a hurry? You can double check all the doors and windows are closed from your phone for ultimate ease.

 

Landing

In a family home, you might have little children getting up in the middle of the night and wandering into the hallway. Simply placing a sensor just outside their door and linking it to a smart bulb or plug to turn on the landing lamp enables them to find their way without any bumps or tumbles. Within the app, you can even program the smart plug or bulb to turn off after a few minutes to ensure that energy isn’t wasted.

 

The Hive App

The control centre for smart home system is the Hive app. This app contains three different tabs that offer control, scheduling and monitoring of all the products within your home ecosystem and allows you to create ‘actions’ which tailor your smart home experience to your lifestyle and needs.

 

The Control Tab

This tab allows you to control all your smart products from one place. Should you want to turn the heating up or should you want to view your Hive View camera using live view, simply open the app and it will all be under this tab. Likewise, should you receive a sensor alert to your phone or smart device, it will be this tab that allows you to see which sensor has pinged and the situation.

 

The Schedule Tab

This tab allows for up to 6 pre-set time blocks to be set for optimising your smart products. In this tab you can create a system that is tailored to your lifestyle and not only is going to create ease in your day-to-day life but also help to save money on energy bills.

 

The Actions Tab

This is where you create those ‘if this, then that’ actions, where you can program certain actions to happen when a sensor picks up motion or a door/window opens. This tab gives you complete control to created personalised automations that will make things just that little easier.

 

Home Shield

Home Shield is the optional Hive security system that unlocks a handful of great security features within your ecosystem, all for a small monthly subscription of £9.99. Unlock features such as remote alarm access, friends and family access, intelligent alerts, live timeline, and voice control, just to name a few.

Homeshield is an optional service however we do think that for the small subscription price and all the benefits that come with it, we feel like it is the perfect system for those looking to fully realise the potential of a smart home and are looking to integrate a security system as well.

Find out more about the Hive Home Shield here.

 

Hive Home FAQs

Do I need a Hive Hub?

To allow for the connectivity of the Hive ecosystem, you must have both a Hive Hub and the Hive App. These two products allow you to pair Hive products together and with the other select smart home solutions. Unfortunately, without the Hive Hub the connectivity of the system is lost, and the potential of these products cannot be realised.

However, when you consider the potential of these products as not only a security system but also as a smart home that you can adapt to your lifestyle and needs, the cost of the right products for you is far outweighed by the value of the product.

 

What are the requirements for the Hive app?

If you are an Apple fan you will need ISO 9 or higher to operate the Hive app and a minimum of 4.4 should you be an Android user.

 

Do Hive sensors make a noise?

Hive sensors currently do not make a noise, however when paired with the Hive siren you can set up your smart security system so that when motion is detected when it should be the alarm will activate.

 

Can Hive control Phillips Hue?

Yes! Phillips Hue is one of the select brands that Hive is compatible with and can get integrated into the Hive ecosystem.

Blink Security Cameras

Security cameras are becoming all the rage in modern security systems, with a variety of brands offering different features. One of these brands offering a range of high spec cameras is blink.

 

What are Blink Cameras?

Blink is an Amazon owned company that makes home security cameras and devices. Their aim is to provide; affordable, innovative, and easy to use home security devices. Among their product ranges are battery powered indoor and outdoor cameras, the mini but mighty plug-in cameras and a wide variety of other home security measures. All these devices come with an impressive array of features that offer great security factors for every home

 

Features of the Blink Camera Range

  • HD Video – 720p HD video means that all images of your home will be crystal clear, with little blurring or distortion.
  • Motion Detection – when activated any motion detected by the Blink camera will trigger the recording feature to capture a short video clip of whatever is happening in your home.
  • Instant Alerts – you will receive a notification to your phone, with a video attached. So, you can see instantly what is happening to set off your blink camera.
  • Live View Mode – you can instantly view a live feed from your home in the Blink app
  • Instant on- this feature means that your camera will start recording within a fraction of a second, meaning you won’t miss what’s caused the alert.
  • Temperature Sensor – the Blink camera has a built-in temperature sensor, meaning you can monitor the temperature at each location your cameras are in (a good feature if you plan to use this as a baby monitor)
  • Auto-arm/Disarm Function – you can schedule in the times you want your Blink camera to be armed and disarmed. This means you don’t have to set it manually each day.
  • Multi-System Support – if you have multiple properties, a holiday home or use Blink cameras for your business, you can have multiple blink systems that you can control from one app.
  • Privacy Assurance – you can be confident in the privacy of your footage, it’s non-hackable and the hardware-based LED indicator light shows you when the camera is active, meaning you’ll never be taken by surprise.
  • Low Light Illumination – a great little feature is the fact that the advanced low-light performance technology means you will always have full colour, HD video, whether it’s light or dark.

What we like about Blink Cameras

Easy installation, a wide range of features at an affordable price and a 2-year battery life is a big claim from Blink but by all indication these claims seem to be true, which leaves us thinking that the Blink cameras offers customers great security features in a minimalist package.

 

Easy Installation

The standard indoor and outdoor Blink cameras are wireless, meaning that they are a piece of cake to install. Simply attach to the desired spot and you are ready to go! Similarly, the Blink Mini is compact and easily plugged in with an optional swivel stand for optimal positioning.

 

Compatibility and Integration

Blink cameras have easy integration, not only do they connect to Amazon devices such as the Alexas and Echos, but they also connect to hundreds of smart home devices using IFTTT. This means that they can be seamlessly included into any existing smart system, to create a network of security in any home and with the ability to connect up to 10 devices to the cameras you can ensure security from anywhere.

 

Affordable

With the outdoor camera sitting at £99.99, the indoor camera currently at £79.99 and the mini at an astonishing price of £34.99; the features that this range of cameras boasts far outweighs the price bracket and makes for a very smart purchase!

 

Minimalistic and Compact

Small and discreet, you can easily position any of these cameras covertly to ensure that your security device is well hidden should you wish to keep your spy a secret.

Blink Camera FAQs

Do Blink cameras record all the time?

Currently the Blink cameras don’t continuously record, however they can be set to start recording when motion is detected for any time interval.

 

What is the maximum distance a Blink camera will detect motion?

When optimally placed they can detect motion up to an estimated 20 feet.

 

How does a Blink camera detect motion?

The Blink Outdoor used infrared to detect infrared energy (heat) from people, animals and vehicles.

 

What happens if a Blink camera detects motion?

When motion is detected the Blink camera will start recorded for the set amount of time and a push notification will be sent to any smart devices connected to the camera.

Hive View Outdoor Product Review

Outdoor cameras are a great way in which to secure your home and add another level of security. Not only do they allow for monitoring but also can reduce the cost of home insurance and can act as evidence if the worst should happen. When looking for a security camera, there are many different makes and models which hold different features, so you want to make sure that you pick the best one for you, your needs and your home.

 

Who is Hive?

Hive is a smart product ecosystem that provide many smart home solutions and have an extensive product range varying from thermostats and lightbulbs to sensors and cameras. As one of the UK’s leading smart home provider their mission is to create a network of interacting products that not only make life easier but offer a personalised and connected experience.

 

What is the Hive View Outdoor?

Retailing at £179 and designed by the Swiss industrial designer Yves Béhar, the Hive View Outdoor is the latest in the range of smart home products within the Hive ecosystem and is specifically designed to provide outdoor security and monitoring. Measuring at 2.6 x 2.6 x 2.6 inches, this camera is designed to sleekly fit onto the exterior of your home and not only provide security and comfort to the homeowner but also act as a deterrent to would be burglars.

 

Features of Hive View Outdoors

Designed for outdoors, this camera has an Ingress rating of IP66, meaning that it is protected from dust, can remain water-resistant from a high water pressure jet with up to a 12.5mm nozzle and can operate in temperatures ranging from -20 oC to 45 oC.

 

With two way audio, 130o wide angle lens, 1080p HD resolution, 8x digital zoom and night vision up to 15ft you are sure to capture all activity outside the home, the Hive Home app will notify you with push messages direct to your phone of any activity. This camera comes standard with a rolling 24 hour video history, in which you can replay any video segments in the last 24 hours, however after that period the storage will reset. Hive does offer an extended storage for a small monthly fee which is dependent on the amount of cameras you have within your Hive Ecosystem. This is a fairly common aspect around security camera video footage and storage but what does make a difference with Hive is the added benefits that come with this monthly fee, such as 10% discount on other Hive products. For the 30 day extended storage it will cost you £3.99 for 1 camera, £5.99 for 2 and £9.99 for up to 5 cameras; the number of cameras will also include any internal Hive View cameras that are within your homes Hive ecosystem.

 

Ingress Rating: The rating given to products that rates the protection of the products enclosure. The first number refers to dust protection and the second number refers to water protection.

 

Set-up and Installation

Installing the camera can be difficult especially if one is not technically inclined, but detailed instructions of how to install the Hive View Outdoor are included and you can find multiple videos online of how to properly install the camera with its magnetic stand. The one issue that many may face is that this camera is wired so it does need to be connected to a power source, which many will only have inside. For security reasons this wire will need to be placed through a wall so that no windows are left open leaving your home vulnerable but also so that it has a lower risk of being tampered with by ill-wishers. This can cause an issue for many in the installation phase, however when buying the product in the UK Hive offer the option of professional installation; the engineer will set up your camera and ensure that all the proper precautions are met. This will cost a fee but the peace of mind that your camera itself is installed correctly and secure is worth more long term than the cost to get it professionally installed.

 

Both camera set up and using the camera are very straight forward, all that is needed is to download the Hive app where you are then guided through some very easy to follow instructions that allow you to connect the app to the camera via Bluetooth and then through WiFi. If you have purchased the professional installation they will also take you through this process.

 

App Functionality

What perhaps sets this camera apart from other similar models on the market is the amazing functionality and connectivity of the entire Hive ecosystem and the companion app. Within the app there are 3 different tabs that allow you to control, schedule and monitor the functions of the camera and access any live feeds or stored video footage. The schedule tab, allows for 4 pre-set time blocks of which you can program the monitoring of the camera and for when it operates on a daily basis, this means you can set your camera to record at certain times in order to maximise the footage stored or to save electricity. The actions tab allows you to connect all Hive products together to sync up reactions from one product to another; this can create a whole security system when multiple products are used. As a default with the set-up of a Hive camera, all sound and motion alerts will be sent to you. You can however adjust the sensitivity settings on the app to reduce the risk of false alarms for things such as cars or animals.

 

Camera Performance

With a 40ft range in daylight (15ft in night vision but this can be more with less specified sensitivity) and an array of impressive features this camera has all the same features as most other high end cameras on the market. What is great about this camera is that when activity is detected, not only is a push notification sent to your smart phone, but alongside is a thumbnail displaying an up close shot of what has caused the alert so that you can identify the issue before opening the app thus saving you time if it’s only the postman. Once in the app you can access both live and stored footage, and can use finger gestures to zoom and pan the footage to get full control of the camera.

 

Do be aware that for the most efficient use and performance of this camera you will need to have a minimum of 2.4GHz bandwidth or a WiFi with a speed of 1.5Mbps (Megabites Per Second).

 

Overall, this camera doesn’t necessarily offer more features than the other high end cameras on the market however what does set this camera apart from its competitors is the functionality of the app and the interconnectivity of all the Hive products. This allows you to create a completely personal and customisable security system around your home, even with just the camera there are so many controls over the functionality of the camera that allow tailoring to your needs. One of the potential downsides to this camera is that it is not compatible to other smart devices such as Google Assistant or Alexa without the use of a Hive Hub, so if you are already within another smart home system without the use of a Hive Hub you cannot connect all of your gadgets without the extra product.

 

What should I look for when buying an outdoor security camera?

You should always consider what you are buying the camera for and what features are priorities for you when researching different makes and models. The general rule is that the more features that a camera offers the higher the price point, however usually spending more on a camera upfront is worth it in the longer term in relevance to security.

How many security cameras do I need?

It will depend on how many weak points or vulnerable parts of your home you perceive to have and what you want to be covered. The optimal amount of cameras will be dependent on individual needs but it is suggested that your front door and back door are covered.

Restoring your Home Security after a break in

Being burgled is a traumatising experience that can leave and your family feeling unsafe in your own home. As expert Locksmiths we have created our top tips on how you can restore your home security to help you and your family feel safe.

 

What to do immediately following a break in

Signs that someone has gained entry to your home are easy to spot; forced opened doors and windows, broken glass, and valuables scattered across the floor. Your first instinct may be to investigate and clean up, but we strongly advise against this, first things first, you need to call the police.

 

Contact the police

We suggest going to a safe spot, like your car or a neighbour’s house*, and contacting the police to report a break in. If it is not an emergency, for example if your life is not in danger, then we suggest calling the police on 101 and not 999. However if you are concerned that there might be people still in your home then we suggest calling 999 for emergency services.

 

Take account of your missing items

When the police arrive, they will take evidence and statements, ask if anyone saw anything and what items you think might be missing. They then will compile a report and give you a case number; you may want to jot down this number as it can be needed for insurance claims etc and will help you to keep track of your case.

 

Take pictures

Take pictures of your house, any broken windows or doors and any valuable items. This will help later down the line as more evidence you can supply, the more your case is strengthened.

 

Call a Locksmith

Once the police have given you the all clear, it is time to call a Locksmith. Professional Locksmiths are experts in replacing and repairing broken locks and to some extent doors and windows, however if it is a job beyond repair then a Locksmith can secure your property for you by boarding up and securing any broken doors and windows until you can have them replaced.

When you call out a Locksmith, we always suggest consulting with them to find out what are the best security locks for your home and what benefits they hold. Not all locks are created equal, so having a higher security lock installed will help you to regain some feeling of safety. Also ask them about their suggestions of home security and what they think can be done to your property to minimise the risk of the incident reoccurring.

To find out more about Emergency Boarding Up and Burglary Repairs.

 

What to do within 24 hours of a break in

Unfortunately, when a break in happens some of the after events have time limits on and although a traumatic experience there are a few things you must do as soon as possible.

 

Make a list

The police would have asked you about any large ticket items in your home when they came to the scene, but it is always best to try and create a list of all the items stolen. This could be valuable pieces of jewellery, large electronic items or personal effects like credit cards or passports.

When creating the list, try to find any receipts that can prove when you bought the item and how much, and take note of how long you have had the item and it’s estimated worth.

 

Call your insurance

Your insurance provider will usually have a process that you need to follow to make a claim, whether it is home or contents. As said before, the more evidence you have, the stronger your case and the more likely to be accurately compensated. Some insurance policies have time limits on when you need to make first contact to make a claim so as soon as possible is always the best policy, even if you just notify them.

For damage to your home, such as broken windows and doors, they might send someone out to access the damage but anything you have had to do to secure your home like boarding up or repairs can often be claimed back assuming you have an accurate invoice and can provide evidence of the damage beforehand.

 

Call your bank

Although you may not always know what has been stolen, it is always best to contact your bank and make them aware you have been victim to a burglary and to flag any suspicious activity on your account.

 

Contact credit reporting agencies

Ask for a security alert that will create a red flag for any lenders. This means that should a burglar gotten access to your private information, it will prevent them from opening credit cards and loans in your name.

 

Securing your home to prevent further break ins

Protecting your home from further crime is the most important step it helps to give you some peace of mind that your home is secured. Burglars are known to revisit the scene of the crime, because their logic is if they can get in once they can do it again. Hence, we highly suggest that you take some pre-emptive steps to ensure that you are not a target.

 

Install better locks

Like explained before, no lock is made equal, there are some locks that have better security features and burglar deterrents that can help to deter those targeting your house making it more difficult for them to enter your home. Updating the security on your home doesn’t only make you feel better, but also puts out a signal to burglars that you’ve taken steps to make yourself a harder target and therefore are a higher risk to try and break into.

 

Install motion activated lights

Dark spots around your home and garden are perfect places for someone to hide, so reduce that risk by placing motion sensor lights around the exterior of your home to illuminate entry points. This increases the risk that someone burgled will been seen or get caught thus making you a less attractive target.

 

Look into getting a security system

Items such as security cameras and burglar alarms are not only great systems to give the confidence that your home is safe but also are great visual deterrents to put off would be burglars. At the end of the day making yourself a less appealing target to ill wishers is the best way to prevent crime and keep your home secure.

 

If you would like to find out more about our security suggests, head to our Home Security Guide where you can find all the answers to your security questions and the best security tips from expert Locksmiths.

 

*Depending on government restrictions

Protect your Home like a Palace… Buckingham Palace!

Your home is your palace, no matter how big or small! And so you probably want to protect your palace like one and the little heirs who sit on your throne inside it! Unsurprisingly, there isn’t much detail about how the queen’s home is protected but from what we do know here’s how you can protect your home like royalty!

 

The Queen’s Guard

Guarding the expanse of Buckingham Palace is no easy feat. In total there are 36 soldiers and 3 officers who guard the building, including 4-foot guards when the queen is in residence, who are all highly trained members of the British Army.

The iconic red uniform and large furry hat spans back years, as it seems way back to the 17th Century and thus is the traditional uniform of a Queen’s guard. However, the uniform may not be practical if you wish to employ your own guard to your palace as a number of guards have fainted under the heat and weight of the uniform. The tall black hats are made from black bear fur, are 18 inches tall and weigh up to 9 pounds! The weight of the hats are why the guards wear the straps under their mouth rather than under their chin as if the guard were to fall down unexpectedly the weight of the hat could snap their neck!

Victoria Memorial Outside Buckingham Palace

Secret Tunnels

Legend has it that there are secret tunnels that lie beneath the palace to all the important buildings in London such as Whitehall and the Houses of Parliament! Perfect for a quick escape or to travel un-noticed! Although, if you’d like some secret tunnels under your home we don’t think your home insurance or planning permission would have some very good things to say about it!

 

Royal Protection Squad

A policeman sits outside the Queen’s bedroom at night to keep watch and supposedly is given the command to shoot anything that moves that shouldn’t! Again, we don’t recommend you give your own bedroom watch person a gun but a pair of slippers might come in handy. Apparently, the policeman who sits outside wears slippers instead of his usual boots so as not to wake the Queen whilst she sleeps!

The policeman are of course not only tasked to watch over the Queen during her beauty sleep but to keep close to the Queen herself and the other royals whilst they are travelling out and about. The Royal Protection Squad is an elite Scotland Yard squad that formed in 1983 to provide 24hr security. It is thought that there are 185 of these SAS officers that watch over the royals! Maybe a bit too many guards for the average UK family, plus it is reported that this protection squad costs just a cool £27million per year!

buckingham palace gates

Buckingham Palace Locks

We can’t be sure on which locks are implemented in Buckingham Palace but with 1,514 doors and 760 windows there are plenty to ensure they are consistently up to high standard! We believe the Queen enjoys reading our blogs and has upgraded her locks to Anti-Snap Locks and fancies taking on a new role by training with us to become a Qualified Locksmith!

 

Buckingham Palace Intrusions

On the downside of such famous buildings with royalty embraced inside is that there are often a few attempted intrusions into Buckingham Palace and a few successful ones too! Most famously, the intrusion of Michael Fagan in 1982 who found his way into the Queen’s bedroom! Unfortunately, the guards were switching over shifts including the policeman who sat outside her door and they turned the alarms off thinking it was a mistake when he broke in. It wasn’t until one of the Queen’s maids found him sitting in her room and called another staff member that he was arrested! According to many news articles the Queen kept him calm by having a ‘nice chat’.

 

A Royal Locksmith

We can’t say that any of us are members of the royal family (yet, we have not denied it) but you for sure will receive a royal security service when calling one of our Keytek® Locksmiths! That’s because on every call out we receive we will offer you a free home security check to ensure your palace is as secure as can be without the Queen’s guard watching you 24/7. Find your local Locksmith here!

 

 

 

 

References:

https://www.theoriginaltour.com/en/discover/50-fascinating-facts-about-buckingham-palace

https://citywonders.com/blog/UK/London/7-facts-about-the-queens-guards

https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/1136904/royal-news-queen-elizabeth-ii-buckingham-palace-michael-fagan-security-spt

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2000/jun/16/qanda.monarchy