Preparing Your Home for an Easter Getaway
Easter is hopping up on us quickly
And now that Spring is in full bloom, perhaps you’re considering a holiday or trip away for the long weekend.
Eggs-cellent!! But don’t forget about your home security. Here are our top five tips for making your home safe this Easter so you can truly relax on your well-deserved break.
1. BE SOCIAL MEDIA SAVVY
As tempting as it is to brag on Facebook about your family fun, don’t! Strangers may see your posts and quickly work out where you live. It is an easy way for burglars to discover vacant homes for easy pickings.
Is it really worth jeopardising your home security for a few ‘likes’? Save your boasting for when you are back from holiday and have a whole album of photos to make your friends jealous.
2. GET SMART ABOUT LOCKING
In all the excitement, the last thing you might feel like doing before you leave is double checking all your doors and windows are securely locked, but do it and for added peace of mind, you might also consider installing a smart home security system. This is a set of security gadgets connected to the internet, and can include cameras, motion detectors, CCTV and door locks. When any of these devices detect an unexpected movement, such as a door or window opening, an alarm is raised, alerting you on your smartphone or tablet.
That’s right, should you choose to, you can check in to see what’s going on at home from your holiday cottage.
3. MAKE YOUR HOME LOOK ‘LIVED IN’
The most obvious tell-tale signs of an empty house are no lights on at night, an empty driveway and piles of unopened mail on the doormat. Here are some quick ways to make your home look occupied:
• Use timed switches or a smart home system to switch lights at the times you pre-set
• Offer your driveway and the use of your wheelie bin to a neighbour while you are gone so it looks like someone is in the property
• Ask a trusted friend or neighbour to collect your mail for you and to store it safely inside, away from prying eyes.
4. KEEPING AN EYE OUT
Tell a trusted neighbour you are going away and, should you choose to, provide them with a key to your house, and emergency contact numbers. This means if your alarm does go off and you’re not fixed up to be alerted directly by a smartphone app, your neighbour can now enter your house, call the police if needed, or call your emergency contact.
5. YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS, BUT REMEMBER TO SWITCH EVERYTHING OFF!
Don’t spend your holiday worrying over whether you left the iron switched on or the gas hob lit. Switch everything off at the socket before you go, except your fridge/freezer, and then double check appliances in every room. Unplug small appliances; even your coffee machine will use little power when not in use. This will also give you the added benefits of saving you money in electricity bills and being more environmentally friendly, too