With the holiday season soon approaching, it’s likely you’ll be leaving your home in search of sea, sun and sand. With this in mind, I spoke to PlumbNation about the best way to keep your home safe this summer whilst you’re away. Smart home technology has moved on leaps and bounds in recent years, and thankfully there are some brilliant security gadgets to choose from. With a bit of planning and a few low-cost updates, you can enjoy full surveillance control over your property without always having to rely on the neighbours!
Install a burglar alarm
Just the sight of a burglar alarm can deter a criminal away from your property. Thieves are looking for the easiest time, so a bells-only alarm is a great option for homes in heavily populated areas. These alarms will sound a loud noise when triggered – attracting you or your neighbours’ attention to the house to scare off the intruder. For more isolated homes, dialler burglar alarms are a more suitable option and contact you or nominated friends & family when your alarm goes off. This allows someone you trust to investigate the issue further.
Trick of the Light!
Interior lighting is a great way to prevent intruders from targeting your property. Timer light switches work by turning your lights on and off at certain times of the day to give the impression that you are still at home. If burglars think you’re on the sofa watching the telly, then they’re much less likely to try their chances! Plug-in timers tend to be the cheapest and easiest option for lamps, however Hive Active lightbulbs can be controlled from your smartphone and allow you to set a schedule for them through the Hive app.
Smart home security systems are a great way to keep an eye on your property whilst you’re away. The Honeywell Evohome wireless security system connects your phone to a number of security gadgets around the house – instantly alerting you to any disturbance detected. Simply use the Evohome app to access data from your pet-friendly motion sensors, security cameras, glass break sensors and indoor and outdoor alarms. Alternatively, Ring security is the latest market innovation that offers full surveillance control over your home. Every Ring device features a wide-angle lens, a sensor, a built-in microphone and a speaker. This allows you to see, hear and speak to anyone on your property.
Avoid the tell-tale signs you’re away
Nothing says “I’m an empty home” more than a vacant drive and a pile of letters on the doormat. Ask a friend to remove any junk mail or milk bottles from around your door and have a neighbour park their car on your drive whilst you’re away. If you’re away for over a fortnight, you may want to ask a friend or family member to mow your lawn. An unkempt garden or driveway is a clear sign that no one is home. Last but not least, do not leave a message on your voicemail machine that you are out on vacation. Burglars may call up a house to check if anyone is home.
Opt for a security light
Security lights are a great way to improve the security of your home. Whilst it may not prevent day-time robberies, security lights will draw attention to any suspicious night time activity. This will illuminate anyone that attempts to tamper with your property or vandalise it.
By following these simple tips and tricks, you can relax on the beach knowing your property is fully protected this summer.