How to Monitor Your Home While You’re on Vacation
Going on a vacation? Once you’ve booked the flights, found your accommodation and found the best beach, you’ll need to consider what happens to your home.
Long periods away can leave some homeowners feeling anxious and worried, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Read on as we look at your options for monitoring your property while you’re away.
Asking for a favour
Most people turn to their friends or relatives to check on their property while they’re away. Whether it’s a quick stop to put the bins out, or daily visits to check on your home, it’s a free and easy way to make sure your property is OK.
The problem? For one, you can’t really rely on favours. You’ll find yourself waiting by your phone for a text to say everything is alright – only to find out they checked hours earlier but forgot to let you know. If anything, this can result in more stress than it’s worth. And it’s certainly not the best way to spend your vacation.
Keep your home secure
The main issue with the daily or weekly check-in, however, is that it doesn’t keep your home secure. In fact, it could even alert opportunist burglars that you’re away. Anybody watching your home can easily notice that someone else is visiting for ten minutes at a certain time each day.
The solution? If you’re looking to make your home look “lived in” while you’re away, you should consider automated lighting. This innovative technology is becoming more affordable and convenient than ever before. Lighting can be set to switch on and off at chosen times – or even controlled through your phone – to give an impression that someone is staying in your home. Burglars are far less likely to target a property if they’re not sure who’s inside.
The ultimate solution
If you’re looking for full peace of mind on your travels, wireless cameras combined with a fully functional intruder alarm is the answer. As well as an alarm deterring thieves and alerting neighbours, the cameras in and around your property allow you to view your property remotely. That means you can check in on your home from a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone anywhere in the world.
You get instant access to live footage of your home, and can alert the authorities should you see anything suspicious. Some home surveillance systems even have motion detection, to automatically begin recording when movement is picked up. That’s true peace of mind, leaving you free to enjoy your time away without a care in the world.
Be wary of other threats
It’s not just burglars that homeowners worry about while they’re away. Fire and water damage are also big concerns. A leak or fire while you’re away could cause serious damage to your home. Sure, most homes are fitted with fire alarms. But who is there to respond?
Equip your home with fire alarms that report to the central station via the intruder alarm. Advanced options will even prompt a call from the central station and email to yourself. As for leaks, a leak Gopher management system can be tied into your intruder alarm to keep things under control. If a leak occurs, it will switch off the water feeding the house and alert the necessary parties. No more fire and water worries.
Cover all bases
A fully monitored fire and intruder detection system can keep all worries at bay while you’re away. Combining all aspects of home security, the complete system ensures your home and contents are protected from all kinds of damage. This will also qualify you for discounts from Bermuda-based insurance providers on your building and contents insurance.
Can we help?
Taking a vacation soon? If you want to protect your home and its contents while you’re away, you want a company you can trust. Selectron are residential security experts, with a selection of home security products to keep your home secure all year round. Our state-of-the-art video surveillance systems are perfect to put your mind at ease while you’re away too.
We also offer fully monitored fire and intruder detection systems. To make things easier, we supply letters from the ATC central station, confirming the monitored status to insurance companies. Feel free to contact our team to discuss your home’s security or arrange a free quote.
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