Home Security is paramount, especially at this time of the year. We can have hundreds of pounds worth of Christmas presents stored at home. It would be devastating to have them all stolen.
When we moved to this house, Ant put in an alarm system. We’ve each got our own code to alarm it and disarm it. The kids have a code each and if they use their code, it makes a call to Ant’s phone to let him know the alarm has been armed or disarmed. I love this feature because it means if we’re out, we know when Aiden’s home safely.
Ant and I like to watch shows like Criminal Minds on the TV and when they have storylines where people enter the house while the owner is sleeping, it can really creep me out.
I feel so much better when I get into bed and switch the alarm on. Although, it has scared the life out of me a couple of times when one of the kids have gone downstairs in the middle of the night. They forgot about the alarm and it went off as soon as movement was detected!
Ant had lightening reactions both times it happened. He was up and out of bed before I’d even registered what had happened. I was thankful for the keyfob at the side of my bed so I could disarm it before it woke the whole street!
As well as the alarm system, he also put a camera out the front. He has a couple of monitors on his PC so he can see when anyone comes to the door when he’s in his office.
It sends images every few minutes to his computer. It is a bit old now though and it would be great to get a new one. We’ve been looking at Panasonic security cameras. They do a smart home kit which can have up to 4 indoor and outdoor cameras registered to the hub. They live stream to your smartphone. Ant likes being able to control the security of the house on his phone, wherever he is 🙂
As well as keeping your home security up to date, here are a few other tips for keeping the burglars away this Christmas:
- Don’t put the wrapped presents under the tree, especially if they can be seen from outside. Keep them hidden until Christmas Eve.
- This is common sense but it’s worth mentioning….make sure all windows and doors are locked and are fitted with key operated locks.
- If you’re going away and leaving your house empty, try to make it look like someone is home by setting lights and the TV to come on in the evenings.
- Don’t forget to switch on alarms when you leave the house or go to bed.
- Don’t tell people on social media that you’re going away for Christmas. You don’t want people to know your house will be empty.
- Ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your property and move the mail from the door every day. Thieves look for signs like a build up of mail to help them find an empty house.
I know it can all be a bit stressful and not at all nice to think about but don’t let it stop you having a happy Christmas 🙂
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