Neos Smartcam review: A cost-effective way to improve home security?

Some months ago, we recruited a cat sitter to look after the family pet when we went to visit family in Scotland. I told her not to be alarmed, but that we had a smartcam in the house. She remarked that every house she went to these days was equipped with them and she was often told not to worry about them. She wasn’t be spied on, they were there simply there to deter and catch any burglars!

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The Neos Smartcam: A cost-effective way of improving the security of your family home.
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Improved home security with Philips Hue lighting

A short while ago we experienced an attempted break-in. Luckily it was foiled by our secure back doors, but I think part of the reason our house looked so tempting was because we had no working security lights. With winter getting ever closer, and the nights getting longer, I have looked at the Philips Hue lighting system to see how it could help make our home more secure.

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The Philips Hue lighting system. Could it help improve your home security?

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Unhappy memories of Japanese knotweed

As we prepare to move house as a family, my mind has, from time to time, drifted to previous house moves. My first-ever house purchase was notable for many reasons but one in particular stands out; the threat of Japanese Knotweed.

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Japanese knotweed. A dreadfully invasive plant that almost made it into my old garden garden. Pic credit: Kenneth Allen. Copyright and used under Creative Commons agreement.

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Stuck in a chain and moving nowhere

An email arrives from my mother. “Hi John, any house news?” she asks, a reference to our plan to move to a new family home. If she were with me in person, I can just imagine her cheery tone as she asked that question. Alas, she’s not with me and so I respond in writing, informing her that there is no further news as we’re stuck in a chain, an infernal chain that is going nowhere.

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We’re stuck in a house buying chain and it hasn’t moved in weeks. I’m preparing for it to fall apart. Pic credit: Kaley Dykstra on Unsplash.

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Reviewed: the EverBrite solar powered security light

As I revealed a few weeks ago, we recently had a horrible experience when someone tried to get into our house while we were all asleep inside. I went to town the next day putting a number of extra security measures in place.

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Introducing the EverBrite solar powered security light from JML Direct.

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