Tips For Securing Your Home When You're Away

26 July 2018
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog


Travelling away for work for a few days? Heading to another part of the country to visit family? Planned a holiday overseas? If so, then you might be worried about how secure your home is while you are away. These days, it can seem like locking up your home is simply not enough to deter professional criminals from entering. Of course, upgrading your locks to superior ones is something you could do before you leave. What are the other security options available to you?

Security Doors

Most burglars access unoccupied homes via their external doors. An experienced criminal can beat a conventional door lock in a surprisingly short amount of time. However, you can upgrade the security of your doors and windows quite simply. Security screens are the perfect thing for making your windows less appealing to would-be intruders. They don't just make it harder for someone to break in -- they deter all sorts of damage that might otherwise occur to your windows' frames and glazing. The same can be said of security doors, which provide an additional physical obstacle to burglars even if they are able to get past your first door lock.

Install Solar-Powered Security Lighting

Since most break-ins occur at night under the cover of darkness, fitting any sort of lighting system will help to deter criminals. However, mains-powered security lights can be easily cut off by those in the know. This is not so easy with solar-powered LED lights, on the other hand; they charge up during the day and use a PIR device inside to only come on when they detect movement in front of them. These standalone devices cannot be switched off easily when they are installed in high locations and they provide a deterring floodlight effect when they come on.

Wi-Fi Security Cameras

CCTV has been used to protect homes and business premises for years, but modern webcams are often even better. For example, with a motion-detecting webcam you are alerted to a potential problem as someone approaches your home. Rather than relaying TV images to a recording device, a Wi-Fi security camera wirelessly transmits live video footage to your smart device over the internet. This way, you can see if someone on your property is there for a legitimate purpose, such as making a delivery, or not. If you think something looks out of place then you can alert a neighbour or even the police, even if you happen to be on the other side of the planet.