Winter is a great time to get away to summer places. You can escape the harshness of Canadian winters, relax on a beach sipping your favourite cocktail or just enjoy the peace.
Before you jetted away, you ensured you locked the doors and turned off the stove. Yet something keeps whispering in the back of your mind…
Did you secure the house properly? Was the heating turned down, the water shut off, and the alarm set? These are all things that could ruin your holiday and result in a peaceful time turning into a stress-filled one.
So how can you ensure your home security is boosted and working hard while you don’t? Here are some tips and tricks to help prepare you before you go and keep the cocktails flowing while you are away.
Let the local post office know that you plan to be away, and they can hold all mail until you return. This includes things such as newspaper and magazine subscriptions. By keeping these things from building up in your mailbox or front step, people are less likely to know that you are not home.
Make sure that any Amazon or other packages ordered online arrive before you travel, and try to avoid online shopping while you are gone (unless you can have someone stop by to pick the packages up).
Can a neighbour or close friend watch the home while you are gone? Having someone check in on occasion helps to make it seem like there is someone there at all times and can be a great deterrent.
They can also help shovel snow off the driveway and sidewalk. Piles of snow in a driveway is another clear indication of an empty home, so having someone clear it for you is essential for safety. If you’re part of an HOA, it will also help you avoid fines for not clearing it in time. Moving garbage bins and checking windows and doors is also a big help.
Give your home insurance provider a call and let them know you will also be away. While not all policies are the same, seeing if you have coverage when absent is important.
A home security systemn is essential before you leave, as this will be the first line of defence and the hardest working system while you are gone.
A few minutes to review the system before you go can save you stress and thousands of dollars if something happens. But what’s the best way to boost this defence system?
Cybersecurity is your home system’s most significant defence, as it protects it 24/7. Regular updates are sent to your control panel, which will then spread out to the rest of the system, so everything is updated all at once.
Before you leave, make sure that the smart app on your phone is updated with the latest version, and call the security company to see if there are any updates you may have missed or are due.
You can also advise the monitoring centre that you will be away. It will allow the alarm company to act on your behalf should the need arise.
If you have wireless cameras situated around the property, check the batteries to ensure they are at full power, and swap out any that you are unsure about. Losing power while you are away will prevent them from operating and leave gaps in your home’s defences.
Have there been any storms or harsh weather recently? Double-check the camera’s positions. Are they still seeing the same area as before, or have they moved? Reposition them to ensure maximum cover and visibility.
Remove any debris in front of the cameras and check the camera for any damage.
Do you have a Smart Home? The features that come with smart home technology are ideal for giving the illusion that someone is home.
You can program lights to go on and off at various times and in different parts of the home. A smart thermostat will allow you to control the temperature inside the home, which is a huge benefit in ensuring your water pipes don’t freeze and burst while you are gone.
You can also set it to warm up in time for your return, so you don’t come home to a cold house.
If you have a smart door lock that allocates individual people with their security codes, it’s a good idea to update this while you are gone.
It means that you can remove access to people who you don’t want in your home while you are away and grant access to a person or people who are there to watch your pets or plants or are just checking up on the place while you are away.
It gives you greater control over who can come and go while you are not there.
Your home alarm system is only as good as you allow. By ensuring everything is updated and working correctly, you can ensure your alarm system will be there for you when needed.
Combine this with the human element of having your mail stopped or someone clearing the snow off your driveway and sidewalks, and potential criminals will never know your home is empty.
Canadian Security Professionals is your perfect partner in ensuring your home security is on point and working as you need it to while you are away.
Before you book your tickets to paradise, reach out to our friendly and professional team of experts, and let’s review your protection and set you up for a wonderful and well-needed breakaway.
Call 1-877-494-9911 or reach out online for a free quote today. Let us get rid of those winter blues and keep your home safe.