Your bags are packed, flights booked, holiday home or hotel booked, and an Uber is waiting to take you straight to the airport! What more is there to think about, you may ask? Well, the white elephant in the room, your home is more than likely one of your greatest assets! So just how are you going to care for and secure it while you’re gone!
Here are some of our tips for securing your home over the coming summer holidays!
Don’t just lock up and leave
The biggest mistake people do is to just lock up and leave. Lots of things can and do go wrong especially around the holiday season when your homes are at their most vulnerable. It’s not just the thieves that will come knocking on your door, it’s ant infestations and the leaking pipe on the washing machine, you were going to have fixed but didn’t get time too. Hiring a professional like a Home Watch Property Specialist to keep an eye on your home is a must during peak holiday seasons in Australia.
If you are friendly with your neighbours
If you are friendly with your neighbours and you can trust them, do tell them that you’re going away. If they aren’t heading off on holidays themselves, it can help to have another set of eyes around to notice any unusual behaviour around your home and streets.
Lock, dead lock and secure windows and doors
All of these security measures are no good, if you don’t use them! Lock, dead lock and secure all your windows and doors before you leave. Recent ABS research found 60% of victims’ security had been compromised due to a faulty deadlock or a loose window frame that was easily jemmied open. Don’t forget to lock your gates too, don’t make it easy for anyone to enter your property.
Don’t help them to break-in
High fenced properties or homes with high garden beds covering their porches and doorways are an easy target for thieves. If there’s a high fence at the front of your property and no one is at home, then no one can see what’s going on behind the fence or wall! I would highly recommend having security cameras installed in and around your home, if privacy from the road is a must to you.
Monitor your home from anywhere in the world
We live in a tech savvy world where you can own or hire smart home security systems like the Arlo Pro by NETGEAR. These clever devices are wire-free, weather proof, have two-way audio, night vision and audio. Set up in under 10 minutes, these clever devices can let you see what’s happening in and around your home from anywhere in the world, all from your smart phone!
Securing your home can be an easy and simple thing to do, if you take the time to investigate what methods of security are most suitable to you and your home during the summer holidays.
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