Ways to keep your home safe when you are away

3 ways to keep your home safe when you are away – words Alexa Wang

Going on holiday can be a very exciting time for the whole family, and an excellent opportunity for your child to experience a different culture for the first time. One stress that is commonly associated with going on holiday, however, is the safety of your home.

Leaving the country provides an excellent opportunity for burglars to strike while your property is unoccupied. Luckily, there are some great products and services that can help keep it safe while you are off enjoying yourself.

We have compiled our top three tips for keeping your home safe when you are away. Take note of these and you will be able to enjoy a stress-free getaway safe in the knowledge that you’ve done everything you can to protect your property.

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Electronic timers

Deterrence is a large part of burglary prevention, which is why you want to do everything you can to make it appear as though your house is occupied. This can be difficult when on holiday, though, as leaving the lights on in your house for days at a time is not good for your light fixtures or your energy bill. A great way to get around this is to use electronic timer plugs. These plugs allow you to dictate what time you would like electricity to be switched on at any outlet, which is ideal for rigging lamps and electronic appliances to switch on (and off) at a given time.

This Timer Socket Plug-in from Amazon allows you to regulate your electrical usage over a seven-day period; you can actually control which time your plugs switch on down to the minute. Setting your lights or even your television to switch on at a certain point in the evening would leave passers-by none-the-wiser that your house is actually empty. A great way of tricking burglars into staying clear of your property.

Smart CCTV

CCTV is a fantastic security tool as it acts as both a deterrent to potential criminals and, should they be silly enough to try and break into your house, it will help police identify the assailant. Times have changed since the old black and white still-frame CCTV systems, however, as modern devices actually allow you to record live video in full colour, and good quality video at that.

By far one of the most attractive elements of modern CCTV systems is that you can live stream your capture via your smartphone or tablet. This allows you to keep an eye on your property, even if you are in a different country. The Smartphone Kit alarm from Evander will allow you to synchronise your home security system with your smartphone, so that you can receive instant notifications if there is a breach in your alarm circuit. The system will automatically capture an image or video of the area where the breach occurs, so you can see if it is a false alarm or a genuine intruder.

House sitters

Another option, which is particularly useful if you have pets, is to hire a house sitter. These will attend your house on a daily basis, feed the pets, water the plants, and generally make sure the property looks lived in. Potential thieves will have no idea that the house sitter is not a permanent dweller and hence will be much less likely to target your home if they are aware it is occupied.

If you have a friend or relative that you could entrust with this task, don’t be shy in asking them to help out. Alternatively, Trusted Housesitters is a service that connects holiday-goers with people who are not only trustworthy and experienced in housesitting, but also good with pets. This will save you money on pet sitting or boarding, and also relieve you of the stress of your house being unoccupied.

Following these tips will allow you to enjoy the holiday you have spent so long planning and preparing for — you deserve it!

3 ways to keep your home safe when you are away – words Alexa Wang