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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!

 

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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How To Prep Your Home for Summer Breaks

How To Prep Your Home for Summer Breaks

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 Home Office, 56% of burglaries take place during the evening, so be wary of leaving windows open and doors unattended on warm nights or if you are in the garden.

Advice from West Yorkshire Police highlight that burglaries often increase during the Spring and Summer months, as people are often preoccupied in the garden and open doors and windows provide golden opportunities for criminals!

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 vacation to help ensure the safety of your home.

Wireless Home Security and Video Monitoring System

Believe it or not, some of the most sophisticated wireless home security systems can cost less than 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 £100 (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!

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.

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 (or the babysitter 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

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 and teenagers 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 vacation. 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 home (and expensive) 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 recently serviced? Update the local authorities if you’ve registered your alarm with them.

While the no-tech and low-tech options are important, an HD video security system such as Blink can provide an enhanced level of security and peace of mind while you’re away. Learn more here!

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