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Protect your home from tricks this Halloween

Protect your home from tricks this Halloween

The celebrated trend of trick-or-treating will see groups of children gather on your doorstep, eagerly expecting a tasty treat for their troubles. At face value, Halloween is a light-hearted tradition and a fun excuse for kids to dress up and enjoy some free sweets. However, the reality of the matter is that Halloween can sometimes be a daunting affair for homeowners.

Property owners can feel threatened by the notion that, if you can’t provide a treat, you will receive a trick – often in the form of property damage. Research from Aviva claims that malicious domestic damage increases by 150% during Halloween. For some property owners, it’s hard to find peace of mind on such a frantic night. However, there are certain tips and tricks (the good kind) that can help offer peace of mind for property owners on Halloween:

  • In trick-or-treat etiquette, a lit pumpkin is an invitation. If you don’t like the idea of strangers invading your doorstep, don’t leave a lit pumpkin outside of your house.
  • Don’t be afraid of putting a polite notice outside of your house to let people know that you won’t be answering the door to trick-or-treaters. It’s important that the notice isn’t too abrupt or abrasive, so you don’t antagonise the trick-or-treaters or potentially spur them into mischief.
  • One of the best ways to ensure peace of mind on Halloween is to have the chance to monitor the activity on your doorstep throughout the night, without having to physically answer the door. A Blink XT2 smart home security camera can be installed on the exterior of your property – out of arm’s reach, out of harm’s way – to provide a watchful eye over anyone approaching your home. Filming in HD night-vision and two-way audio, you will have recorded footage and the opportunity to scare any potential offender that might wish harm to your home!

 

How to protect your home from potential burglars

How to protect your home from potential burglars

Packed and ready to go for your long-awaited getaway? Finally, some much-needed downtime, but the thought of leaving your home unattended may play on your mind. John Lewis Home Insurance brought together a panel of former burglars to gain advice on what signs or clues entice them into a property. Below are some simple tips holidaymakers can follow to keep these tell-tale signs at bay.

Keep your letterbox clutter-free

Letters and leaflets overflowing through the letterbox could go unnoticed to the innocent eye but for a thief, this could be an indication that the occupants of the house are away. Former offenders advised that homeowners should ask a trusted friend or neighbour to regularly empty the letterbox whilst they’re away. In addition, people should avoid ordering any packages to be delivered to the home during this time as any packages unattended could also be a sign that the homeowners are absent.

Create an illusion

Closed curtains and lights off for a prolonged time show thieves that there’s no activity in the home and therefore seize the opportunity. Former offenders recommended using timer switches to give the impression that people are active and living in the house.

Install smart home security

The offenders also suggested installing home security cameras with motion detection to deter criminals. If someone does manage to break-in, you'll know straight away so you can act before it's too late. Even better, if you install outdoor cameras too, you'll be able to see potential burglars before they even manage to get in. Putting signs or stickers on your windows visible outside your property letting people know that you've got a camera system set up will also act as a deterrent to opportunist criminals.

Explore how our range of Blink cameras, including the new outdoor Blink XT2, can help to deter criminals and protect your home at blinkforhome.co.uk

Home Security Tips for City Living

Home Security Tips for City Living

Renting in cities is an increasingly popular choice for UK residents, especially for the younger generation who are attracted by job opportunities and the exciting lifestyle that the bright lights can offer.

Once you’ve moved into your new home it’s important to make sure you and your loved ones feel safe. Here are our top three practical tips for home security in the city.

Change the locks

When you’ve got your keys to your new place how sure are you that no one else has a spare key? This is surprisingly overlooked by lots of new homeowners, especially in blocks of flats where friendly neighbours might have been given a spare key by the previous owner.  Make sure the first thing you do is change the door and window locks. You don’t have to install new locks, just new barrels and lever sets so that you are the sole owner of the keys to the property.

Put lights on timers

Installing timers for your lights and scheduling them to activate when you are out is a good way to deter a burglar. These can be purchased at DIY stores and only take a moment to fit. Of course, if your using smart tech in your home, then invest in a lightning system that you can schedule and control remotely via a smartphone app.

Install a video security system

Video home security is no longer limited to wired CCTV systems. The advent of smart home technology has seen several new and exciting products come to the market. One such product is Blink, a truly wireless home alert and monitoring system that detects, records and sends HD video clips from home straight to your smartphone.

A Blink system provides you with all the equipment you need to create a virtual perimeter in and around your apartment. With Blink there are no fees, no wires and as the cameras can go anywhere, there’s no installation costs. The batteries in each camera even last two years! Click here to find out more.