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Travel with peace of mind: Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe While on Holiday

Heading off on holiday is an exciting time filled with anticipation and adventure. However, amidst the excitement, it's essential not to overlook the security of your home. Whether you're jetting off to a tropical paradise or exploring new destinations, keeping your home safe while you're away should be a top priority. In this blog, we'll explore ten practical tips to help you safeguard your home and enjoy your travels with peace of mind. From simple precautions anyone can take to the advantages of investing in a modern home security system, we've got you covered. So, before you embark on your next holiday, take a moment to ensure your home is protected, allowing you to relax and make the most of your time away.

  1. Secure All Entry Points: Before you leave, double-check that all windows, doors, and other entry points are securely locked. This includes garage doors and any side gates.

  2. Install Timers for Lights: Set timers for your lights to turn on and off at different times throughout the day to create the illusion of activity in your home.

  3. Ask a Trusted Neighbour or Friend: Request a trusted neighbour or friend to keep an eye on your property while you're away. They can collect mail, check for any signs of intrusion, and even park their car in your driveway occasionally to give the impression that someone is home.

  4. Don't Advertise Your Absence: Avoid sharing your travel plans on social media or publicly announcing your absence. This can alert potential burglars that your home is unoccupied.

  5. Arrange for Mail and Newspaper Holds: If you’re going away for a prolonged period of time, consider getting your post redirected via Royal Mail and contact your newspaper provider to hold your newspapers while you're away. Accumulating mail and newspapers can signal to burglars that no one is home.

  6. Keep Your Travel Plans Private: Only share your travel plans with trusted individuals, such as close family and friends. Avoid discussing your holiday plans with strangers or casual acquaintances. 

  7. Invest in a Home Security System: Consider installing a home security system that offers remote monitoring and control features. Systems like these allow you to monitor your home from anywhere using a smartphone app and receive real-time alerts in case of suspicious activity.

  8. Ensure Proper Exterior Lighting: Install motion-activated lights or timers for exterior lighting to deter potential intruders. Well-lit surroundings make it more difficult for burglars to approach your home unnoticed.

  9. Have Someone Tend to Your Garden: Arrange for someone to mow your lawn, water your plants, and maintain your garden while you're away, particularly if it’s for an extended period of time. An unkempt garden can signal that no one is home.

  10. Notify Trusted Individuals: Inform trusted individuals, such as trusted neighbours and family members, of your travel plans. Provide them with your contact information in case of emergencies.

Enhance Your Security with Remote Monitoring and Perimeter Protection

At Midland Alarm Services, we feel confident that with the products we offer, our customers can go away on holiday with full peace of mind, and here's why. Our SecureComm Remote Monitoring App by HKC empowers homeowners with complete control over their home security, even while they're away. With SecureComm, they receive instant alerts if anything occurs at their property, allowing them to take immediate action. They can remotely set and unset their alarm, ensuring their home remains protected at all times. Plus, with the ability to provide one-off access codes, they can easily permit entry to trusted individuals, such as cleaners or maintenance workers. And in the event of a security breach, our camera PIR sensors provide instant image verification, giving homeowners valuable insight into potential threats.

In addition to SecureComm, our perimeter protection products offer an added layer of defence against intruders. By installing door contacts and shock sensors on vulnerable entry points such as windows and patio doors, we create a secure barrier around the property. These sensors detect vibration, triggering the alarm if someone attempts to tamper with or force entry through these entry points. This proactive approach stops intruders before they can breach the perimeter, providing homeowners with enhanced security and peace of mind while they're away.

In conclusion, as you prepare for your upcoming holiday, remember that safeguarding your home is essential for a worry-free getaway. By implementing these tips and investing in modern security solutions like SecureComm and perimeter protection products, you can travel with confidence, knowing that your home is protected around the clock. 

If you’d like to learn more about our alarm systems with remote monitoring capabilities then please get in touch with us for a free, no obligation and no hard-sell quote. 

Our comprehensive security offerings ensure that your property remains safe and secure, even in your absence. So, pack your bags, set your out-of-office message, and embark on your adventure knowing that your home is in capable hands. Safe travels!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is remote monitoring, and how does it differ from traditional monitoring services?

  • Remote monitoring introduces a new level of control and oversight to home security. Unlike traditional monitoring services that rely on third-party companies, remote monitoring puts you in direct control of your security system. With features like real-time alerts and remote access via smartphone apps, you can monitor, manage, and respond to security events from anywhere in the world.

Can I monitor my holiday home security system on my smartphone using remote monitoring?

  • Absolutely! With remote monitoring systems offered by Midland Alarm Services, you can keep tabs on your home's security right from your smartphone. As long as you have a mobile data or Wi-Fi connection, you can access your security system anytime, anywhere.

How reliable is remote monitoring in terms of receiving real-time alerts and notifications?

  • Remote monitoring systems are designed to provide reliable and timely alerts in the event of security breaches or other emergencies. With features like real-time notifications and image verification, you can trust that you'll be promptly informed of any suspicious activity on your property.

Can I arm, disarm, or manage my alarm system remotely using remote monitoring?

  • Yes, remote monitoring systems allow you to arm, disarm, and manage your alarm system remotely through intuitive smartphone apps. This gives you full control over your home security, even when you're miles away from your property.

What happens if I lose my smartphone or it gets stolen? Is my security system compromised?

  • In the event of a lost or stolen smartphone, your security system remains intact. Anyone accessing your SecureComm app would need a passcode or face recognition to open it and have any control over your system.  However, it's crucial to notify Midland Alarm Services immediately so that we can take appropriate action, such as deactivating your account or resetting your access credentials to prevent unauthorised access.

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