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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.

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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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How to choose a home security camera

How to choose a home security camera

It’s always worthwhile to regularly ensure your home and property is safe and secure. But how? Prioritising home security and monitoring cameras is a great step to take to protect yourself. There are a plethora of options available and so it can often be difficult to find which solution offers the best way to maximise peace of mind. So, here are some key things to consider when choosing a home security camera. Whether you are purchasing for Mother’s Day or for yourself, give the gift of tech!

Access

How do you want to access the footage? While CCTV options have its uses, it’s handy to be able to see instantly the footage captured, straight from your smart phone, whilst you are out and about. With the cameras running on the Wifi, it’s possible to keep tabs on your home from work, aboard or even in the next room. A great feature of Blink cameras is that the footage is held via cloud, with no need for subscription fees, therefore you don’t have to worry about additional costs.  

Budget

There really is no need to spend huge amounts for snazzy, over-complicated and expensive CCTV equipment. These days, there are ways to still provide security solutions that don’t break the bank. There are smart home security options that are cost-effective with a one off, upfront cost only.

Goals

Do you want to live stream 24/7 potentially irrelevant happenings or do you want to see what’s happening when it's essential. With motion-detected alerts you can be instantly warned of more serious incidents or strange occurrences via your smartphone. Do you want to be able to monitor your home inside and outside within certain schedules? A Blink camera allows you to do all this and more. 

Ease of use

You don’t have to have an over-complicated system. Instead, an easy to use system that requires less than 5 minutes set-up offers instant peace of mind. Should you run into technical difficulties, you can access Blink tech support directly via the app. 

The Blink home security cameras are a perfect solution to monitor what’s happening inside and outside your property.

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