Going Away for School Holidays? Holiday Home Security Tips That Burglars Hate

School holidays are a fantastic opportunity to let our hair down … and with this break, our minds turn to getting away from the humdrum of ordinary life somewhere exotic! However, not everybody is thinking innocently of holidays in the sun and family time at school vacation … some people’s thoughts are turning to thwarting home security systems in order to make an easy escape with all your possessions.

Today we check out how back to base alarm monitoring and other smart home security tips can thwart the burglars, and let you arrive home as optimistic as when you left.

Don’t Advertise Your Absence

Although these strategies for discouraging burglars are widely known, many people become complacent. They think that it would never happen in their neighbourhood, or that it would never happen to them … and this leads people to ignore basic police security advice like:

  • Not having your mail stopped, redirected or collected by a neighbour
  • Leaving your garbage bin on the street on non-collection days
  • Advertising your holiday well in advance on your social media profiles – especially if you are lax about your privacy settings for these
  • Leaving all the lights off

Make Access Difficult

Your access to your home should always be easy. However, many people don’t realise that they are encouraging back to base alarm monitoring callouts by doing things like:

  • Leaving screen doors unsecured
  • Failing to maintain doors and windows properly
  • Leaving gates unlocked (remember, they might be able to climb in, but if the gate is locked with a key they’ll find it difficult to get all your stuff out …)
  • Not installing motion sensor lighting
  • Designing your house for concealment with shrubs and fences

Visibly Mark Your Property

It’s fantastic to record the serial numbers of your most ‘tempting’ items, like televisions and other electronic equipment. However, it can be an empty sort of action if your goods go straight into another private home or are sold on the black market. Use purpose built security labels, engraving with your name and address or permanent marker writing to discourage thieves from taking expensive items.

 

Install Back to Base Alarm Monitoring

Back to base alarm monitoring is truly the gold standard in burglary prevention. Many other techniques will make amateur burglars think twice – and amateurs represent about 70% of the burgling population. However, if your house happens across a crim with a little more experience, your back to base alarm monitoring will detect the entry as soon as they are in the house, and have a patrol car there as fast as humanly possible!

Consider a CCTV Camera System

Like an ordinary perimeter back to base alarm, CCTV camera systems can be monitored by security professionals. However, they have the added advantage of also creating video evidence to be used in court later on. They do cost more. However,  they have the added advantage of not only stopping a single burglary at your house, but either getting a crim off the streets or giving him a strong reason to find more socially acceptable employment!

Crunch Time: 10 Steps to Full Use of Your CCTV Camera System

You wouldn’t install a swimming pool in an area where the weather’s never warm enough to swim, and you wouldn’t buy a wedding suit if you weren’t already engaged. However, many people unfortunately do the equivalent … by installing a CCTV camera system that is improperly maintained, preventing the use of its footage when a crime occurs. Today we check out essential setup, maintenance and after-crime activities that allow you to actually use your CCTV camera system as you intended … to put away a crook!

  1. Choose covert CCTV camera systems
    In a business situation, it may be desirable to have some visible cameras in order to deter opportunistic shoplifters and the like. However, visible cameras can also be more easily disabled by spray painting the lens or cutting a cable – covert-type cameras (or at least, well-positioned equipment) helps avoid this.
  2. Turn your overwrite feature on
    Although many well-intentioned CCTV camera system owners begin by regularly exporting footage, this task inevitably becomes boring … and it often isn’t done as often as it should be. There’s little use in having the camera system there if it doesn’t have a media to write the footage to! Turning on the overwrite feature means you aren’t depending on your own motivation to make space for new recordings.
  3. Do regular camera checks
    Your regular checks should start by looking at a minute of footage from each hour of the past 24 hours – do this at least once every 3 months. This helps remove the possibility that the equipment has failed due to a lightning strike or unknown voltage spike, the lens becoming too dusty to get usable footage, the CCTV camera system becoming unfocused, or the camera being knocked in the wrong direction.
  4. Have a backup person
    There should be one other trusted person who knows how to operate the system, in case you aren’t available and to ensure maintenance is done when you are away.
  5. Know your equipment
    If a crime does occur, you don’t want to have to get out the user manual for your CCTV camera system to export the video for the police. Practice in advance!
  6. Get a still shot
    The more you can help the police, the better they’ll be able to help you … go through your CCTV camera footage in your own time and look for the clearest possible view of the suspect. Use this footage to grab a still shot to give to the police – still shots can be more easily disseminated among people.
  7. Export surrounding times – look for video links
    Suspects often come to check out the plan they are planning to rob in advance. Go back through your older CCTV camera system footage and 
                                             
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