If you are a family that suffers from the occasional bout of wanderlust and seems to be constantly packing and unpacking suitcases, then you may need to think a little more carefully about your home security. For most families that only travel once or twice a year, the more basic aspect of security will probably suffice. However, if you are some who travels four, five, or even more times per year, it could be worth in investing in some more robust ways of keeping your home safe whilst you are away. Below are three ways that you can keep your home as a haven whilst you are off traveling the world.
Enlist The Help of a Neighbor
This may be a very basic idea, but it’s definitely very effective. Leaving a key with a trusted neighbor not only means that they can get in to feed the cat or water your plants, but it also means that should anything untoward happen, they can gain access to check on things or let the police in. Having someone to keep an eye on your house when you’re away is the best, and cheapest solution to keeping your home safe.
Alarm Systems and Video Surveillance
Not only should you have a good quality alarm system that is recognized by your insurer, but you should be looking for technology that goes beyond simply making noise when there are intruders. Sadly, most people will simply ignore an alarm going off. Use a system that contacts the police for you, or send a notification to your phone. That way you can contact your neighbor and ask them to check for a disturbance. If it looks like nothing, they can simply disarm and reset the alarm system; if there has been a break in, they can contact the police on your behalf. There are also intelligent home surveillance systems that you can use to keep an eye on things. These are great as they can stream remotely to your phone, meaning that you can keep a closer eye on things yourself.
Obviously, mechanical timers for your lights have been around for a long time. These are a great way to make it seem like somebody is in when there isn’t. Nothing is more conspicuous than a house with no lights on at night. However, the downside to these kinds of switches (as demonstrated by Home Alone) is that it is very easy for would-be thieves to spot a routine in the exact time they lights come on each night.
However, there is a modern solution to this old technology. Companies like Easybulb offer a way to control your lighting from your phone, meaning that you can turn your lights on and off from anywhere in the world.
Hopefully, these tips have given you a few ideas on how to look after your home while you are away traveling the world. It’s always best to plan ahead and ensure that you do not leave your home open to intruders.