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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.

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How to Secure Your Home During the Summer Holidays

How to Secure Your Home During the Summer Holidays

Going away for summer holidays should be a stress-free experience, but when you are away for weeks at a time, it’s sometimes a worry not knowing what’s going on at home.

Co-Op Insurance claims analysis reveals that burglaries spike by 34% during the five months of daylight savings each year in the UK.

In addition to locking doors and windows, there are several other proactive and affordable ways to protect your home before your next holiday:

Security Lighting

Thanks to automatic timers, 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. If you are already using smart tech at home, take a look at app controlled lighting systems.

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 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

Be Careful on 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 holiday selfies.

Protect your home online

If you do want to post on social media during your holiday, be mindful when using the location and check-in features excessively. Turning your social accounts to private will ensure that only close friends will see your posts.

Wireless Home Security and Video Monitoring System

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

Believe it or not, home security systems can cost less than one night’s stay in 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 £79.99 (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!

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End of summer bundle offer

End of summer bundle offer

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