Keep your family and home safe the holiday season
Are you lucky enough to be jet-setting away this summer? Then we’ve got the best tips to keep you, your family, and your home safe and secure.
Summer is the time when many of us are spending time away from home, whether for a weekend or a two week annual vacation with the family. Whatever your plans, make sure you come back to find your home exactly as you left it.
Don’t advertise your holiday
You may be excited about your holiday, but don’t advertise an empty house. Even posting on social media that you’re going away – by checking in on Facebook that you’re at the airport, for example – could be enough to indicate to potential home invaders that you intend to be gone for several days. Especially if your profile is set to public, try to avoid posting until you get back.
Ask neighbours or friends to check in every few days
If someone has a spare key to your home, ask them to check in a few times to make sure your alarm is still set and working, and to see that nothing has been touched. Give trusted neighbours your contact details and ask them if they would mind keeping an eye on your house for the duration of your holiday. That extra peace of mind that someone is watching out for your home may allow you to relax a bit more.
Invest in CCTV and watch your cameras from anywhere in the world
Many people only see the benefit of CCTV when it’s too late. A modern CCTV systems can be connected to smartphone apps that allow you to log in to see your cameras and check-in from anywhere in the world (internet connection required). Then, if something odd were to catch your eye, you can contact a friend or family member to ask them to check it out for you.
Invest in a remote alarm system
Similar to new CCTV systems, the market now also offers burglar alarms that can connect to smartphone apps and can be controlled remotely. Set or unset your alarm from anywhere and get notified if the alarm activates. If you also have smart CCTV, you can then check your cameras and record any potential intruder.
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