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Ways To Protect Your Home When You Go Away On A Camping Trip

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Ways To Protect Your Home When You Go Away On A Camping Trip

Thursday, May 10, 2018

There’s nothing like going on a family camping trip and everything going your way. The kids were well behaved, the food was great, the sun was shining, and you made some long-lasting memories. That is until you pull your 4WD into the driveway and see your door ajar...
That moment when your heart misses a beat because you vividly remember closing and locking the door on your way out. Could it be, you ask yourself? You timidly walk through the door only to find electronics missing and cash and jewellery taken from your sock drawer. Then the self-loathing starts and you begin kicking yourself for not protecting your home more effectively. All the blissful happiness swiftly fades and you spend the rest of your holidays on the phone to your insurance company.
Let’s face it, home security is an integral aspect of our lives, especially when we go on camping trips and there’s no one to look after your home. When your home security fails, you keep asking yourself what you could have done differently, how you could have avoided this costly situation. Well, there are plenty of ways to better protect your home from intruders, and this article will take a closer look at the most effective methods.
Install a home security system
Installing a home security system is one of the most effective ways to deter intruders from your home. Standard home security systems typically include a range of alarms, from door sensors and window sensors to motion activated lights for outdoor areas. Nowadays, most security companies allow you to access your security system through a smart phone which provides peace of mind when you’re far away from home. Just notify your home security company of the dates of your holiday. Plus, you might even be able to lower your home insurance premiums!
Purchase a home security sign
If you have a home security system, consider purchasing a sign from a different company so intruders don’t get tempted to try to bypass your security system. Some homeowners rightfully worry that this gives intruders too much information and want to eliminate this risk. Furthermore, even if you don’t have a home security system, consider purchasing a sign anyway to deter burglars. You can purchase these signs from most resale websites and eBay.
Keep eyes on your home
If you can’t find a friend to house sit while you’re camping, ask a trusted friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your house for you. Depending on how long you’re going, you might want them to collect your mail, check your pool, or even mow the lawn so it’s not plainly obvious that the house is empty! These are the first signs that intruders look for when scoping out a house. Be mindful of your friend or neighbour's time and compensate them appropriately, or simply return the favour when the time is right.
Don’t broadcast your holidays online
Many intruders learn of potential victims through the internet, so one of the biggest mistakes people make is posting their holiday itinerary on social media. Posting holiday photos or comments essentially broadcasts to the entire internet that you’re not at home! Save these posts for when you’re safely back at home to deter intruders from trying to burgle you.
Replace old doors and locks
If you have any old doors or locks protecting your home, it’s a worthwhile investment to replace them with new ones. It’s very easy to break a weak lock or kick in an old door. Consider investing in doors that are at least one inch thick and made of metal or hardwood. You’ll likely find that this will improve your home’s energy efficiency as well. In addition to this, consider adding a deadbolt or an extra strong lock to the main door of your house for additional protection.
Move the hidden key!
Lastly, always ensure that you move your hidden key to somewhere safe inside your home. Whether it’s a key under your doormat, in a plant, or hidden in the electricity box, most intruders are aware that people leave hidden keys around their home so don’t take the risk! No one will need the key if you’re all on a camping trip together, so there’s no reason to expose yourself to potential intruders.
Family camping trips are meant to be fun and memorable, and not just because your home was burgled while you were basking in sunshine! Keeping your home protected effectively and deterring potential intruders from your home is a key aspect of your camping preparation. Along with checking your tent and air-mattress, have a checklist for your home security as well, such as notifying your home security company and asking a trusted friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your home for you.
If you’re going on a camping trip soon and need some camping gear or equipment, get in touch with the friendly team at TJM Australia. Phone 07 3865 9999 or use our handy store locator to discover which TJM store is closest to you.