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Tech Tips for Securing Your Home While You're Away

What happens when it's time for you to enjoy some peace of mind, stepping outside of your busy life for a well-earned vacation? Traveling is more than physically moving through space; you need to disconnect from the Homefront and allow yourself to be totally immersed in a new experience. Can you put your worries aside to get the rest that you need? While violent crime has been dropping consistently since the early 90’s, property crime has not necessarily followed. Check out these tips for ways to avoid stress and worry, so you can get down on your trip and enjoy your time away from home.

 

Video Doorbells

video doorbell

This is something that I love even when I’m not on a trip. App-connected doorbells will notify you when someone approaches your front door, and you can communicate with them over an intercom from anywhere that has a WiFi connection. As far as any would-be burglar knows, you’re at home, rather than returning to your motel after a wild day of whitewater kayaking. If you haven’t already invested in one of these innovative beauties, get one before your next departure.

 

Setting Automatic Lights

These days, we live in a world of the Internet of Things, commonly referred to in the tech industry as IoT. IoT is the growing market for connected wearable and home devices. One of the many IoT devices you can find is wi-fi connected power outlets. It's easier than it sounds. Plug one into your most visible lamp and either set a timer or control the switch manually from your smartphone.

 

Video Surveillance

This one is a given, and the oldest method in the book. With the way technology has progressed, it's easier than ever to monitor your home and get a visual on what's going on. According to ADT, modern video surveillance systems detect motion in your home and send a notification to your phone, keeping you updated throughout the day. To get the most out of your cameras, install one near each accessible entrance to your home, such as the front and back doors, or in rooms with ground-level windows.

 

Install a Smart Thermostat

Purchasing a smart thermostat is an investment, but with energy costs at a premium, the device can quickly pay for itself. A smart thermostat can keep your home at the most cost-efficient temperature while you're away. It can even send you data on how much energy is being used at different times of the day.

 

Putting Appliances on Watch

If you've ever spent a workday worried about whether or not your coffee pot was at home catching on fire due to your forgetting to turn it off, this one is for you. Similar to setting automatic lights, you can use additional wi-fi connected outlets to plug into your kitchen and household appliances. A quick check on your phone will tell you if a space heater or crockpot has been left running and you have the ability at your fingertips to cut the power from miles away.

 

Enjoying your vacation is a must, and you deserve it. Make sure you're securing your home for the next time you get away by using some of our helpful tips by turning your home into a home of the future.