Maintaining a holiday home entails many things, safety being one key ingredient.
This means protecting your vacation home from intruders while you are present and when the home is empty.
An important aspect of security in a vacation house is the ability to deter burglars. Simple warnings and signs that it is secure and being watched can deter them for a while. Install CCTV cameras or even a ‘beware of dogs’ sign. However, if the house lies vacant for extended periods of time, you may want to hire a property manager to visit the property regularly and be “on call” should the alarm sound. They can also be in charge of the regular maintenance of the home. Well-groomed gardens and open curtains portray a picture that your vacation house is occupied. Add auto light switches and, if possible, ask friends to come by and check on the house, to complete the lived in feel.
Intruders will always prefer easy targets, but it does not mean they do not have the capability to break modern home security locks. After all, where there’s a will, there is a way.
Do not miss the most important thing, and that is changing the door locks or security password as required. This prevents entry of people who have used your vacation house; keys tend to pass hands frequently, between house guests, workers, or cleaning companies, and so changing locks and alarm codes regularly boosts your home security.
Secure the bolts and locks on your gate, doors, and windows; these too have wear and tear issues. Add motion detectors and security lighting if you can.
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2016, LockLatchTM. “Security Tips for Your Holiday Home.” December 3, 2015. Accessed September 20, 2016. http://www.locklatch.co.za/security-tips-holiday-home/