Holiday travel can be stressful. Whether you’re packing for your family, rushing for a flight, or keeping your car-bound kids entertained and happy, the last thing you need is to worry about home. Here are 8 tips to secure your home for holiday travel.
1: Make your home look occupied
Close your blinds and don’t forget to have the neighbor pick up your mail and any newspapers that may be left at your doorstep. These are good first steps to start your home security, but having automatic light schedules make dynamic adjustments to give your home a look that is truly occupied. This will keep you one step ahead of most vacationers. With a smart home security system, with just one click your everyday schedule will adjust your lights on, and can even keep them on for some time.
2: Get rid of that key under the doormat
That’s the first place a burglar will check. The plastic rock isn’t as inconspicuous as you think. Professional burglars know about these common hide-a-way items, as does most of the population. Instead, let your neighbors and close friends know about your travel plans, and have a custom access code created with your home alarm system that only works while you’re gone. That way they can come and go as they need. Better yet, you’ll be aware when, and who is in your home while you’re gone.
Make codes for scheduled visitors, like a pet-sitter. You can set the codes to only work on certain days and times when you expect them at your home and you’ll always know whose coming and going with real-time alerts right to your smart phone. If you need to give someone unexpected access, you can always lock and unlock your doors remotely, or assign a temporary access code, in just seconds never missing your holiday plans.
3: Create a personal solution
Every home is unique, with different requirements and vulnerabilities. Whether you have a garage, basement door, or maybe you’re worried about glass breaking on your back patio, or screen door. Here at Central Security Systems, our trusted security experts will create a customized security solution that’s right for your needs. With custom scenes created for different events, it won’t be predictable like other more traditional security systems on the market. Staying unpredictable is one of the best home security tips to make sure you don’t come back to an unwanted surprise.
We are dedicated to helping you safeguard your home with the most advanced security technology, tailored to meet your needs. We can even help you set up personal notifications so you are always aware of what’s going on back home. With a quick glance at your phone, you will know what’s going on and have smart security working for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
4: Make sure you’ve got dependable security
In the unfortunate case that an intrusion does occur, make sure your system is ready to respond. Many security systems today are connected through vulnerable phone lines that can easily be cut by a burglar, or by Internet connections that can go down at any time.
Instead, Central Security Systems uses a tamper resistant dedicated cellular connection to provide persistent protection. With our professional monitoring service, you can rest assured someone will respond for you in the case of emergency.
5: Stay informed on what’s happening at home
Get updates and alerts about what is happening at your home while you are away. With your smart phone, you can check your system’s status, make sure the doors or windows are closed, and search your security system’s event history to spot anything unusual. Because you can’t go all the way home to lock the door if someone forgets but with your smart security system and you can arm and disarm your home alarm or lock your doors with your smart phone.
If you like, you can also be automatically notified through email or text message about activity that’s important to you, like when the pet sitter shows up (or leaves). Smart Home security systems are custom built to do so much more than make noise, like old school traditional home alarms.
6: Keep an extra eye on your home
Central Security System’s video monitoring technology will change the way you see your home. Our image sensor sends still pictures to your phone and email. You have the ability to peak in the next time any motion is detected or any time you please. Take your Smart home security to the next level with affordable cameras that have the ability to do much more than just record an event. Our security cameras can stream live video, sense movement, and trigger email and text video clips alerts to your smart phone. You can even have our professional monitoring station give the police the visual verification to a real crime or call off a false alarm. They will love to avoid false alarms, and make arrests. We’re making it easy for you to keep an eye on your house while you’re away. An extra set of eyes to make sure you can enjoy your time off.
7: Why Not control your energy usage from afar
How about saving energy and lowering your electric and/or gas bill by turning your thermostat down when you travel? Central Security Systems lets you manage your energy usage and make energy decisions right from your phone; it’s smart and easy with our Smart Thermostat.
You can quickly update your thermostat and make schedules to create an out of town mode, and even get alerts if the temperature in your home drops, to a point where it looks like there may be damage done to your pipes, or basement.
8: And always sit back, relax and enjoy your trip.
Keeping your home secure while you are away is crucial. With your new smart security system, you’ll have the ability to remotely control your security system from home or even see if Santa makes a trip while you’re gone. Maybe the kids can see a picture from your image sensor to make sure they’re on their best behavior. It’s never been easier or more affordable to get real time updates and alerts, and stay aware of activity back home.
Central Security Systems wants you to have a Very Merry Christmas!
And always have a great holiday and unwind. You work hard all year and too often, we need a vacation from our vacation. Make sure you’re getting the rest and relaxation you need and creating memories that will last a lifetime. We truly wish all of you a Merry Christmas!
Interested in smart home security for the holidays (and all year round)? Click here to connect one of our security consultants for a risk free security consultation today.