You go away on holiday to get away from your worries, but when you leave your home unattended for weeks at a time, it’s difficult to be worry-free.
According to the UK Crime Stats, rates of burglary increase over the summer months, especially June through to September. Recent figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show domestic burglary has risen, up 4% along with bike theft, up 4% , with an increase in vehicle offences which are up 8%.
Luckily, hi-tech used to mean high price, but not anymore. There are many proactive and affordable security measures you can take before going on holiday to help ensure the safety of your home.
Home Security Tips
- Wireless Home Security and Video Monitoring System
Believe it or not, some of the most sophisticated wireless home security systems can cost less than an average stay at a hotel. Take Blink – this nifty, wireless home security HD video monitoring system sends temperature and motion alerts along with recorded or live video clips right to your smartphone, anytime and from anywhere. With prices starting at £129.99 (with no monthly fees), you can be instantly alerted to danger, theft or damage through the Blink app on your iOS or Android device. You can even find out what the cat is up to while your family is away!
- Hi-Tech Door Locks
Keyless locks offer amazing security features, like Bluetooth and the ability to see who’s knocking at your front door on your smartphone’s screen. Many of these locks allow you to give access by simply inputting a phone number or sending a text from anywhere in the world.
For a rundown on the best, check out what home expert Bob Vila suggestions.
- Security Lighting
Thanks to automatic switches, you can make it appear as if you’re home, even when you’re not. Set up some internal and outdoor lights on automatic switches, and be sure to pay special attention to entryways. These are generally inexpensive and easy to install, but always double-check that they are working properly before you go.
- Tell Trusted Neighbours and Friends
Let them know you will be away so that they can keep an eye out for any suspicious activity while you’re gone. Leave them, the babysitter or the petsitter with your contact details, a spare set of keys and the PIN for your alarm so that they can also drop by daily to
– Close the curtains
– Switch lights on and off
– Move the cars around
– Water plants and the lawn
– Have mail and newspapers brought inside
- Keep it a secret from social media
Don’t post travel plans or photos while you’re away as this will publicly notify your followers that you have a vacant home. Be sure that your kids also understand that they should wait until after you have returned home safely to share those vacation selfies.
- Cancel Services
You may need to cancel grocery, newspaper, milk and pharmacy deliveries while on holiday. If you forget to do this, these items will be left on your driveway or by your front door making your home a strong candidate for a break-in.
- Check Insurance and Banking Services
Ensure that your policies are paid up for homeowners, car, and medical insurance. Advise your bank and credit card companies that you will be away so that they can alert you to any unusual account activity.
- Contact Your Alarm Company
If you opt for the more formal, yet expensive, home surveillance service instead of a DIY system, be sure that they have the current key holder details in order to prevent any false alarms interrupting your getaway. Has the alarm been serviced? Update the local authorities if you’ve registered your alarm with them.