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Peace of mind for parents with kids returning from school

Peace of mind for parents with kids returning from school

It's nearly time to go back to school, or for some, to start! The school run kicks back into gear, and the summer holidays slowly become just a memory. It can all add up to be tricky though, and for any parent or guardian, the safety and whereabouts of your children is a constant concern. Knowing when they’re home safe is peace of mind that goes a long way.

One of the simplest and easiest ways to achieve this peace of mind is to install a wireless home security camera that lets you know the very moment your children arrive home , via  a video clip notification directly to your smartphone. With Blink, all of this and more is provided, with up to 1080p HD recording quality and motion activated technology.

With just two standard AA lithium batteries, a Blink camera can run for up to two years until the power runs out, meaning you’ll never miss a moment. Additionally, users can watch a live stream from their Blink cameras anywhere in the world, at any time – ideal for making sure the ones you love are safe.

 

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Holiday security tips and advice

Holiday security tips and advice

Whether you are choosing a staycation or jetting off, it’s important to stay aware and to prepare your home to ensure it’s safe, secure and not on the wish list for a burglar!

Already this year there has been a massive surge in the number of burglaries across Britain, fuelled not by mere opportunists, but by determined organised crime gangs.

Recent figures show the UK’s wealthiest areas such as Surrey and Hampshire have been the hardest hit by the rise in offences. In Surrey, residents suffered a 78% rise in the year end to September compared to the previous period.

The MET police warn that the opportunist burglar is increasingly being replaced by sophisticated criminals using social media to monitor and track down worthwhile victims, co-ordinating their attacks via WhatsApp.

Often these thefts are so well organised that goods stolen can leave the country within days.

With this in mind, here are some pointers on how to prepare this summer…

Say no to the Selfie

According to a recent report delving into Facebook, Instagram and Twitter between June and July this year, holidaymakers made 750,000 public posts, such as selfies on the beach, with just as many checking into places with their exact location. 

We say try and avoid posting holiday snaps, airport selfies or mentioning dates when you are away on holiday on social media. It’s best to save broadcasting this information until you’ve arrived safely at home and posting them then.  It’s worth refraining friends from doing the same and tagging you in posts. Check that location tracking data is disabled on your smart phone, as with a simple internet stalk, image search, internet directories and Google Street View, a lot of information can be gleaned!

Think before you post

As social media can play a vital part of one’s life, it is easy to lose perspective and, whilst you may think you are just chatting to your friends, be aware that you are also, privacy settings depending, broadcasting to potential criminals. They can piece together information you share to the world such as your place of work, hangouts, where you live and even your daily routines.   

Double check privacy settings

Don’t share personal details such as address, birth dates or where you’re heading to, especially if you are traveling alone. Explore and update your social media profile privacy settings regularly. Make sure that geotagging (a setting on most smartphones using built in GPS capability to embed your exact location into the files of photos) is disabled, otherwise exact location can be determined from your snaps!   

Secure all areas of your property both inside, outside and garden and garages.

You guessed it, using Blink classic indoor and XT outdoor home security cameras you can monitor the interior and exterior of your property and achieve peace of mind whether you are in the UK or abroad. Blink is super simple to set up and use, detecting motion and sending live feed direct to you smart phone so you can check or dismiss key goings on.

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Rural living: 5 tips to protect your pets and property.

Rural living: 5 tips to protect your pets and property.

Just because you live on a farm, in the beautiful rural countryside or in a sleepy village, doesn’t mean you are exempt from being burgled.  

According to the Rural Crime report by NFU Mutual, in 2016 rural crime cost the UK £39.2 million, and whilst last year that figure fell by 4%, recent figures suggest it’s now on the increase.

The recent sharp rise in thefts and burglaries targeting farms and villages show that organised crime is growing and a major concern for many. 

 

Safety in numbers

If you own a farm, consider keeping up to date with relevant news, current crime trends and joining a local Farmwatch, in addition to joining your local neighbourhood watch scheme. If your area has a local committee, it’s worth joining forces to find ways the whole community can actively help prevent crime.

Smile, you’re protected by Blink

Install home security measures inside and outside of your home, with particular focus on positioning cameras to point and protect your pets, cars, bikes and even tractors, as well as entryways to driveways, garages and back gardens. You can also warn potential criminals that your property is protected by Blink home security and monitoring cameras with handy stickers available with Blink purchases.

Extra secure, extra peace of mind

Check that all fences, gates, locks, sheds, garages and all possible entryways are secure, with deadbolts or pin locks.  Use bike chain locks and vehicle immobilisers just in case.

Lights and sound

Use of security lighting at night on a timer, or simply motion sensor lights covering yards, drives and back gardens is a very effective way to deter criminals, along with using gravel on driveways as the noise can be distracting.    

Out of sight, out of mind

If you have ways to cover or store valuables such as jewellery or sports cars away from sight, it’s worth doing. If criminals are scoping your area for high value properties to target, having expensive and highly valuable possessions in plain sight is a massive temptation and an easy way to be a target.

Invest in Blink to protect your home and property, whether you are home alone in a rural setting, or need it just for extra peace of mind and another level of security. Not only is Blink stylish and unobtrusive, it's super easy to set-up and inexpensive. Explore the indoor and outdoor options here.

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