Protecting and monitoring your vacation or second home might be a challenge, as you need to balance security, the fact you are not around, and also the privacy of any guests or family members during their short stays.
Invest In a Security Camera System
To truly protect your vacation home, you must have a way to monitor it from afar. Mock cameras can put up an illusion that your home is secure, but they just won’t give you the ability to see what’s going on in your home like real cameras will. When it comes to choosing a security camera system, the essential factor to consider is how it will fit your needs. Do you have a large vacation home? Do you want a way to see what’s going on anywhere you can or just vital areas? Keep in mind that federal privacy laws prohibit you from violating the privacy of whoever is using your vacation home so you can’t record every single area of the house. Strategically think of what key areas you want to monitor and ensure you acquire a security camera system that will capture everything that matters to keep the home safe.
Also, take into account whether you have technical skills to install the system or want to pay a third party to do it for you, and check the charges related to the ongoing monitoring and app access.
Angee – Home monitoring Made Simple. allows you to check your home with the assistance of an intelligent cloud system, so even if you are renting your vacation home to guests, Angee will recognize that your guests or tenants entered the house and respect their privacy. If a stranger enters your home, Angee will follow them and ensure every moment is captured to ensure you have the footage you need to protect your home. No matter what security camera system or whoever service you use, make sure it fits your needs to secure and protect your home.
Secure All Entrances and Windows To The Home
Even with a security system, you need to ensure that your vacation home is secure enough to keep potential intruders out. You must consider the different ways a potential intruder can enter your home if you have multiple stories in your home. More often than not, windows on floors above the ground level are overlooked. The problem with leaving these windows not protected is that an intruder can quickly enter your home without much effort if you don’t secure them. Be sure to double-check your doors and windows, especially if they are above ground level. Even with security cameras, if you don’t secure the different entrance points of your home, then you are setting it up to be burglarized. The key is to not only lock all of your windows and doors but ensure you have a security system that carefully monitors these entrance points so you can have the evidence you need.
Create The Appearance That Someone Is There
Nothing repels potential burglars more effectively than creating the impression that there are still people in your home. There are a few ways you can accomplish this simply and affordably. If you have a gardener or landscaping team that maintains the home, make sure they still do while you’re away as the freshly cut grass gives the impression that the home is occupied and empty. You should also either cancel/reroute your mail deliveries or ensure that your piled mail isn’t visible as that is a dead give away. Another super effective method is to have timer or motion sensor lights that give the impression someone is inside and scare potential burglars away. Lastly, we’d recommend having a Beware of Dog warning sign and keeping your blinds closed, so potential burglars don’t know what to expect and feel the fear of uncertainty if they even think about targeting your vacation home. The key is to be creative and not make it visible you or your tenants aren’t there.