We all need a much-needed break from the busyness of daily life every now and then, and a holiday is a great way to do it—but how can you ensure your home and belongings will be safe and protected while you’re away?
As home security experts, we’ve seen it all. We understand the major threats to your home when left vacant, and how to minimise the risk of intrusion or damage.
If you want to know how to keep your home safe while on holiday, there are plenty of things you can do to make your home look less attractive to intruders and ensure everything is still the way you left it when you return from your well-deserved break.
How to keep your home safe while on holiday: Top tips
Here are some of our top tips to ensure your home is secure and protected while on holiday:
Make your home look lived in
Studies have shown that burglars are more likely to target homes which look vacant. Doing some simple things like leaving a car parked in the driveway, asking a friend or neighbour to collect your mail and put your bins out and setting a few lights on automated timers to switch on each evening will ensure the home looks lived in.
Ensure no items of value are visible from the street
Burglars are also most attracted to homes where they’re most likely to find some high-value items, so it’s important to ensure anything of value isn’t visible from outside the property.
Add visual deterrents
Installing security cameras near the entrance to your home or even displaying the sign for a professional security company in a visible location can be an effective way to deter would-be burglars from attempting to break into your home.
Physical hardening of the premises
If your home was to be targeted, anything that will slow them down and increase the chances of catching them in the act such as heavy duty locks, security doors, sturdy windows or security roller shutters can be invaluable.
Install intrusion detection mechanisms
Motion detection technology and intrusion alarms installed at each entry point to your home will ensure you’re immediately alerted when anyone enters the home.
Ensure fire detection systems are working properly
Burglary isn’t the only threat while you’re on holiday—electrical and other fires can still occur when you’re not there. While a standard smoke detector alarm that might capture the attention of a neighbour or passer-by is a good start, it’s worth considering installing a more sophisticated fire detection system with the added protection of 24/7 monitoring and response support.
Ultimate home security protection
Visual deterrents, physical hardening of the premises and intrusion detection alarms are a great way to help protect your home while on holiday, but if you want ultimate peace of mind, you also need the protection of round-the-clock active monitoring and response support from a professional security company like Calamity.
To find out more about the ultimate in home security protection, contact the team at Calamity to request a personal home security assessment.