Protect your home while on vacation: Checklist for enhanced home security
As soon as you arrive at your holiday destination and check into your hotel, you start worrying about your home. Did I definitely lock that door, are the hallway lights off… Sound familiar? To allow yourself to relax and really enjoy your well-earned holiday, it’s important to get your home security in order before you depart – so that you’re not left wondering what’s going on at home. Our tips will help you protect your home while on vacation.
Tip 1: Get your home secure before you depart
One of the golden rules of home security is that potential intruders shouldn’t notice your absence. One thing that is sure to give the game away is having a mailbox that is overflowing with unopened post at the end of your drive. Give a friend or a neighbour a spare key and ask them to regularly empty your mailbox.
And don’t forget the basics: Make sure that all of your windows and doors are securely locked before you leave.
Tip 2: Simulate your presence
A good way of keeping potential intruders away from your property while you’re on holiday is to use a smart electronic timer. The Gira Control Client simulates everyday scenarios based on your routines, which you can record in advance using the recording function. You can configure the system to open and close your blinds automatically while you’re away, at exactly the same times as you would normally do it when you’re at home. Lights can also be switched on and off based on your usual habits or individual settings. By implementing these measures, any unwanted visitors won’t even realise that you’re not at home.
Tip 3: Use mechanical security as a first line of defence
Mechanical security equipment is another essential tool that you can use to protect your home. These devices make it more difficult for intruders to force open doors and windows. Mechanical protection includes manual barriers such as security locks and door latches. When planning your home security, don’t forget to take steps to protect areas where intruders could gain unauthorised access to your property.
Tip 4: Use Smart Home security systems to protect your home while on vacation
According to the latest statistics, more and more people are incorporating Smart Home technology into their home security system. With the Gira KNX system and the Gira HomeServer, you can protect your home against intruders, fire and storms. You can also opt to integrate motion sensors and cameras into your home security system, so that you’ll be notified when unexpected movement is detected in your house. Using the relevant apps, you can monitor your networked devices from your tablet or smartphone, wherever you are in the world – enabling you to keep an eye on your home and your property at all times.
If you don’t have a wired KNX system installed in your home, you can opt for a wireless solution – such as Gira eNet Smart Home – instead. This system enables you to create a wireless network without any invasive building work, giving you remote access to your home security system via the eNet Smart Home app so that you can keep an eye on what’s going on at home while you’re away. For further information on Gira eNet, check out this G-Pulse article.
Tip 5: Ensure that you’re covered if something does happen
Comprehensive contents insurance is the only way to cover yourself and your belongings should the worst happen. If your home is burgled, you’ll have to pay to replace any valuable objects and any doors, windows and furniture that were damaged by the intruders. It’s always a good idea to ensure that your furniture, home accessories and clothes, as well as televisions and other electronic devices, are covered by your home insurance policy.
Regardless of whether you already use Smart Home applications or not, it’s never too late to enhance your home security.
Smart Home technology is now an essential part of the home security tool kit – enabling you to go away on holiday without worrying, and to return refreshed to a safe and secure home.
Read more smart tips and tricks on how to secure your home in our G-Pulse article “A secure home”.
Do you have any other home security tips to share? What steps do you take to protect your home when you go away on vacation? Let us know in the comments!