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How to Protect Your Home While on Vacation

April 16 2018
Install a Smart Lock on Your Main Entrance

A few steps can ensure that your home is safe while you are away

While on a vacation, it is essential that your home is safe from hazards. Break-ins by trespassers and intruders is not the only concern when you are away, there could be other threats to your home such as a short circuit, fire, leakage of water, clogging of external drainage systems and pest issues.

In order to not be unpleasantly surprised after you return from a vacation, follow the tips below to protect your home while you are away.

Install a Professionally Supervised Security System

A home security system will defend your house against burglary and breaches. A good security system will include door as well as window sensors, including break glass detectors. Professionally supervised security systems enable you to rely on trained personnel to monitor movements in your home and report suspicious activity if any.

Invest in a Security System with Environmental Sensors

Having environmental sensors included within your home security system would double protection of your home against environmental threats. Environmental sensors such as flood or fire sensors create an alert when there is an environmental hazard. These sensors can detect changes in levels of moisture in the air, smoke, carbon monoxide and fire.

Install a Smart Lock on Your Main Entrance

A smart lock allows you to remotely unlock and lock your door using your smartphone. Basically, you are the only person with access to your door at any given point in time. With a smart lock, the question of using keys is eliminated. So no person can enter your home in your absence using spare keys, or by duplicating keys.

Turn off the Main Electrical and Water Supplies

Remember to turn off your electricity main and water supply channel to prevent any hazard from circuit overloads and water leakage issues when you are on vacation. This will prevent your home from catching fire from electrical short circuits, or flooding in case of a leaked pipeline.

Deposit Your Valuables in a Bank Locker

It is wise to put all your expensive jewellery and other high value belongings in your bank safe when you are away from home for a long period of time. If there is a break-in even after you have taken all the other precautions, this move will ensure that you do not lose your most expensive belongings to a theft or burglary.

Those who have purchased home insurance for structure as well as content will have coverage against losses arising from burglary. Even articles such as jewellery and precious stones are covered up to a certain extent of their overall value.

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