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The essential checklist to secure your home this Spring

The essential checklist to secure your home this Spring

The mornings are getting brighter by the day, birds are chirping, and evenings are lasting longer. This can only mean one thing, Spring is near! As the clocks go forward on March 29th, the new season prompts a change in many aspects of everyday living and encourages homeowners to have the all-important “spring clean”.

It’s finally time to let fresh air in your home, dust off the shelf and enjoy the great outdoors after being cooped up inside during winter. Here’s a list of things to check to ensure your property is secure this Spring:

Cut back overgrown bushes and hedges: It won’t be long before the gardens bursts into life once more. If you have foliage that wasn’t cut back before the Autumn it’ll quickly grow soon, providing would-be thieves with potential hiding places.

Check locks on windows and doors: After such a damp winter, check all the window and door locks for stiffness. A rusted lock can become brittle and unsafe, make sure you have some WD40 to clean and lubricate all locks this spring.  

Replace damaged fences and panels: After such heavy storms this winter, make sure you check your fence panels are all intact and secure. A missing panel or wobbly fence provides access to a potential thief.

Install a smart home security system: Blink’s XT2 wireless, weatherproof night-vision outdoor cameras can be placed anywhere on the property. Making it perfect for monitoring the kids playing in the garden, protecting parked vehicles and exterior areas. The XT2 features two-way audio meaning you can talk through the camera to both welcome guests and warn off any unwelcomed visitors.

Video Security Protection notices: If you have or want to install a video security system at home (or even if you don’t) display your security service on the outside of your house – it’s a great way to deter opportunistic thieves. It also helps inform welcome visitors that video surveillance is in use.

Click here to find out more about our affordable, contract-free video home security systems.

 

Using Blink to see wildlife

Over the years we’ve had an amazing range of wildlife spotted on Blink. From bears in America to hedgehogs in England, it seems Blink cameras can do much more than just keep your home safe.

Animals can be curious, and with Blink being such a compact camera, it can be placed in a discrete area that’s unobtrusive to wildlife, so you can catch a glimpse into life that is otherwise near on impossible to see.

The weatherproof Blink XT camera is ideal for keeping an eye on what wildlife is up to when you’re not around due to its infra-red night vision capabilities, motion detection technology. It even sends a video clip notification to your phone when Blink notices something going on.

One Blink customer managed to record some footage of a hedgehog nesting and said, “Blink is an excellent wildlife camera - even the wildlife agrees!”. 

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What do you see with Blink?

What do you see with Blink?

Although the main purpose of your Blink system is home security, you never know what else you might catch on film when you're out of the house.

Motion alerts sent straight to your phone mean that you know exactly what's going on in your home when you aren't there. You can sync up to 10 cameras to a single Sync Module, meaning that you can keep an eye on several different rooms, and outside, all on the same account.

From checking up on naughty pets to keeping an eye on the kids... Here are some of the other great things you can use your HD Cameras for.

Pets

Ever wonder what your pets get up to when you're not home? Your pet is a member of the family and you want to be able to monitor them when you're not there. 

If they're running wild round the house you'll soon know as it will trigger the motion alerts to your device. Or, if you're just missing your furry friend, with Live View you can simply open your Blink App and see what they're up to.

One Blink user learned the hard way not to leave their leftover dinner out on the worktop with a hungry pup around... Take a look.

Tip: If your pet is a little too curious and keeps setting off your Blink system, you can adjust the sensitivity of the motion detector. 

Kids

Whether they're home alone for the first time, or just in the playroom and you want to keep an eye, a home security system allows you to make sure your kids are safe when you're not with them. An extra set of eyes (or 10!) can make all the difference when you've got unpredictable little ones around.

As the saying goes, 'Silence is golden... unless you have a toddler, then silence is very, very suspicious...' This Mum found out just that when her Blink cameras caught her adventurous toddler making a break for it.

Nature

Ever wondered what animals are rustling in the bushes or creeping around by the window at night? With the new outdoor Blink XT cameras, you can see what's going on all around your house as well as inside it. You might even spot a legendary wild big cat (But it's probably just a fox... sorry).

This one is un-BEE-lievable... these little creatures can't get enough of the XT.

 

 

What have you caught on your Blink cameras? We'd love to see your videos! Send them to us on Twitter or Facebook and hashtag #WhenIBlinkISee. The best videos and image stills received could be featured on our social media and blogs so send them our way!