We’re all scared of leaving our home unattended when we go on a vacation. And for good reason. We come across multiple stories, some even involving people we’re acquainted with, where a fun trip turns bad when their house gets broken into. Unless you can appoint a personal security guard for your place who will monitor the premises 24/7, you might want to invest in some surveillance tactics to protect what is rightfully yours. At the same time, it’s not only external forces that can make your house vulnerable. A problem like a bursting pipe can also be something you must protect your house against when on a vacation.
Here are a few things you can do to protect your house while on a vacation.
Invest in a Remote Monitoring Home Security System
This type of surveillance solution includes a combined network of cameras, sensors, and a cloud based platform. The cameras capture complete footage around the clock. The sensors capture any light, movement or presence that is out of the ordinary. In both cases, if anything strange is captured, you get a notification on your mobile device. For instance, if your motion sensor detects movement in your dining room while you’re on a vacation, your camera will send you a clip of that area during the same period so you can clarify whether it’s your dog, a false alarm or an actual intruder.
Invest in Environmental Sensors
Apart from the sensors that detect any movement or vibrations, your security system should also be installed with environmental and temperature sensors. Heat sensors can send you real-time notifications if your house has suddenly gone up in temperature or if there is any detection of smoke. The air quality sensors can raise an alarm in case of high release of carbon monoxide in the house while the humidity sensors can indicate leaking or broken pipes, flooding in the house and more.
Invest in a Smart Thermostat
If you’re leaving your house in the middle of summer, you might come home to a scorching interior. Doing the same during winters, you might be invited into a chilly house. However, with a thermostat, you can adjust the temperature to a few degrees above or below what you normally prefer. With a smart thermostat, you can make these adjustments remotely, while on vacation. You can control the overall temperature settings of the house and even automate it to turn to a certain degree a few hours before you arrive.
Don’t Publically Announce Your Absence
Maybe, your neighbor needs to know that you’re leaving so they can water your plants or feed your dog. But not everybody needs to know it. We do not recommend making public announcements via your voicemail, answering machine, social media, email auto reply or any other way. Even when you’re too tempted to post pictures of your vacation while you’re away, prefer doing that after you’ve returned home safely. This way, nobody outside of your close knit group would know about your whereabouts or about the fact that nobody’s home.
Install Outdoor Security
Outdoor surveillance is very similar to indoor surveillance but there are some slight differences. Unlike the interior cameras, the cameras installed outside should be much more sturdy and environment proof. That means that they shouldn’t be affected by changes in light, temperature, water, strong winds and the like. Along with this, these systems should be tamper proof. For instance, if an intruder tries to cover the camera with cloth or spray paints over it, the camera can send real time alerts right onto your phone to verify the incident. This keeps you in touch with your property even in the middle of the night and prevents any mishaps from taking place.
Installing lights in your backyard that stay on all night is also a great way of scaring away intruders. However, for the outdoors you must invest in a night vision camera that can capture everything clearly, even when the light gives out.
There are multiple other ways in which you can strengthen the security of your house. However, the 5 points stated above are a good place to start.