The summer holidays are just around the corner, and trips and vacations are planned and booked. And while the swimsuits and sun lotions are being packed, you cannot ignore the fact that you will be leaving your house for a week or more. And – as I believe it's always better to be safe than sorry – why not have complete peace of mind when on holiday, knowing that your house will be safe and protected? Here are some ideas on how to do just that.
1. Invest in a CCTV camera
This is a good idea not just for when you're away on holiday, but for anyone who lives in a house (as opposed to a flat). Flats and apartments have gated/ secured entrances and possibly even a concierge. And of course, most buildings already have security cameras installed. But when you're living in a house, there is no real protection.
But fear not – today's CCTV cameras are neither big and bulky nor expensive. You can install them in your house or just outside on your porch and what's more, modern CCTVs can even be connected to your smartphone, so you can see who's at the door, keep an eye on your child playing in the garden and even check on your house when away on holiday! Check out these amazing deals to get a CCTV camera that suits your needs!
2. Get a dog
Of course, this isn't for everyone but if you love animals and have the space and money to afford a pet, one of the great benefits of having a dog is that you know your house will always be protected.
3. Know your neighbours
If you're lucky enough to have good neighbours, make the most of it and become friends. Having your neighbours keep an eye on your house when you're away is always good – they can alert you if they see something/ someone suspicious. And you can do the same for them when they are on holiday!
4. Pay attention to your patio doors
We tend to secure and double check our main door and windows, but often oversee the patio door, which can be an easy entrance for robbers. There are a number of heavy duty locking systems on the market that are specifically for patio doors – see which one suits you best and make sure you secure it well.
5. Hide your spare key in a difficult-to-reach place
Most of us keep a spare key to the house somewhere outside the house, like under a particular flower pot or in a 'safe place', in the event we get locked out. Make sure this 'safe place' isn't very evident or obvious to prying eyes.
With these simple but effective tips, you can make sure your house is safe and secure, and you can be at peace when away.
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