As the country is getting ready to once again take time away for both UK breaks and holidays abroad, it’s important to consider your home security when leaving for any period of time – something that may have fallen to the back of the mind with the additional time at home. Here are some basic tips on home security measures to consider when heading away so you can be confident that your house and your treasured items will be intact on your return:
Create the illusion of a presence in the house
With so many technologies available for remote home control, there are an abundance of ways to replicate a physical presence in the house, deterring opportunist thieves from trying their luck. A couple of things to try include;
1. Timed lighting
Timed light switches have been around for years although many tend not to find their way out of draws until Christmas time for tree lights and decorations. Using these timers on lamps when you’re out of the home is a great way for lights to activate on an evening giving the perception of someone switching the lights on from inside the house. Ensure that your timed plugs have been checked over by an electrician before installing so that you can be comfortable that there won’t be any problems in your absence.
2. Smart Doorbells
Smart doorbells are very much in fashion at the moment and it’s not hard to see why. The technology connects directly to your phone or device of choice so whenever someone rings the doorbell it rings your device and starts a one-way video and two-way audio chat so that you can see who has rung, and chat to them. This means that if any unexpected visitor calls round you can answer – it may be a delivery allowing you to give your preferred instructions of where to leave the parcel but it will also put your mind at ease that for anything less desirable, this will act as a deterrent.
3. Smart home technologies
As it is now possible to control your entire home from your phone, you can utilise this to activate your lights, stereo, televisions or any other light and noise creating devices at random times to give the illusion that someone is home. The environmentally conscious minded will know that using electrical devises unnecessarily isn’t exactly friendly to our carbon impact, so consider alternative options or only do this sporadically and for short bursts if you choose to do this. You also don’t want to switch things on and forget, resulting in complaints from your neighbours about the music playing late at night – even if you do have good taste!
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