Going away for summer holidays should be a stress-free experience, but when you are away for weeks at a time, it’s sometimes a worry not knowing what’s going on at home.
Co-Op Insurance claims analysis reveals that burglaries spike by 34% during the five months of daylight savings each year in the UK.
In addition to locking doors and windows, there are several other proactive and affordable ways to protect your home before your next holiday:
Thanks to automatic timers, 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. If you are already using smart tech at home, take a look at app controlled lighting systems.
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 (or pet sitter) 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
Be Careful on 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 and teenagers also understand that they should wait until after you have returned home safely to share those holiday selfies.
Protect your home online
If you do want to post on social media during your holiday, be mindful when using the location and check-in features excessively. Turning your social accounts to private will ensure that only close friends will see your posts.
Wireless Home Security and Video Monitoring System
While the no-tech and low-tech options are important, a HD video security system such as Blink can provide an enhanced level of security and peace of mind while you’re away.
Believe it or not, home security systems can cost less than one night’s stay in a hotel room. Take Blink – which is a nifty, wireless home security HD video monitoring system that sends temperature and motion alerts along with recorded or live video clips right to your smartphone, anytime, from anywhere. With prices starting at £79.99 (and 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!
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