It’s school holiday time. However it’s not only exciting for those going away; thieves see this time as a great opportunity too.
Darryn Bull from ADT Security said one of the biggest mistakes people make before they go on holiday is failing to prioritise home security.
“We often get calls from people who’ve returned from a trip away and found their home’s been broken into, and only then choose to install a monitored alarm system.
“It’s obviously much better to take preventative measures in the first place.”
Three things to consider before installing a home security system:
- Schedule a visit from a security professional: There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to home security, so arrange for a trained and licenced experts to visit the home and discuss a security solution for your home, needs and budget. Planning security before going away will also help identify any other security gaps that need to be addressed and fixed. Replacing a loose window latch or a broken sensor light, for example, will help to make the home safer.
- Install smart security technology: Security systems have become increasingly smarter and this has many benefits. For instance, if you forget to turn the alarm on before you go away, simply activate it via a mobile app from anywhere in the world. Some smart security systems can also integrate home automation functions into the security system. For example, ADT Security offer smart switches that can be purchased as optional extras an d integrated into the interactive security system which allow you to operate lamps and household appliances remotely via a smart device.
- Ensure the system offers 24/7 monitoring: While the latest app-enabled smart technology is gaining in popularity, only a monitored 24/7 back-to-base security system can trigger a physical response if there is an incident while you’re away. Back-to-base monitored security systems are linked to trained security professionals ready to respond 24/7 should the alarm be triggered. Homeowners are then automatically contacted and given the option of dispatching a patrol car to investigate.
Companies such as ADT Security can provide a free home security assessment where specialists will visit households, assess their security needs and recommend a suitable security solution that will ensure the family feels protected all year round.