How to keep your home safe while on holiday

Jetting off on your summer holiday and worried about keeping your home secure? Safeguard your house with our top tech tips…

23 Jan 2019


When you’re soaking up the sun on a golden beach, all you want to be thinking about is topping up your tan – not worrying about how safe your home is while you’re away.

Set up your smart security tech, and give yourself peace of mind.


See who’s coming and going

Setting up home monitoring is a great way to keep an eye on what’s happening at home – whether you’re on the other side of the world or just out for the day.

Smart doorbells alert you if someone’s ringing your bell, and some also show you who’s at your door. Security cameras record 24/7, so you can check in on your home at any time. If anything untoward occurs, you’ll receive a phone or email notification to let you know.

You can get indoor and outdoor cameras to cover every inch of your property – see how to secure your home with smart tech


Why not try… Ring Video Doorbell 2

This smart doorbell streams live video and audio, via your home Wi-Fi, directly to your smartphone if motion is detected at your property. Infrared LEDs also let you see if anyone is lurking at night.

Ring doorbell 2

If a courier you’re expecting turns up, you can chat back to them to let them know where they can safely leave your parcel.

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Or for one you can use around the houseNest Cam Smart Security Camera

The Nest Cam can monitor anywhere in your home, all you need is a plug socket and a Wi-Fi connection. Yes, that’s all you need to get a live feed of your home from anywhere in the world. Fire up your phone, tablet or PC and see live pictures. It really is a small world.

Nest smart security cam

You can even receive notifications when sound or movement is detected, so you can be aware of every little thing that happens.

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Fool burglars with remote lighting

Leaving the hall light on when you go away is a classic burglar-prevention technique. The trouble is, it wastes energy if you have the lights on all day, and burglars can get wise to timers if lights come on at the same time every day.

With smart lighting, you can control the lights as if you really were at home.

Controlled with your phone or tablet, you can use pre-set timings for the lights to come on while you’re away, or you can manually flick the switch in real-time if you want full control.

For extra peace of mind, you can use your indoor and outdoor security cameras to check everything is working as it should be.

Philips hue lighting

Why not try… Philips Hue Smart Bulb Starter Pack

With this Philips Starter Pack, you can control the lights from your phone so, if you’re away, it doesn’t need to look like you are.

Away from the security side of things, when you are at home, they can provide great entertainment for everyone. Set light alarms and change the colour of the lights at different times of the day – and just think of the parties…

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Save recordings for up to a year

When you’re investing in a security system, you may prefer to set it up then leave it to do its thing, without you having to keep checking up on it. If that’s the case, choose a system that keeps your security recordings for a long time without you needing to do anything.


Why not try… Swann 8-Channel Smart Security System

The SWANN 8-channel, 4 camera set has a ‘set and forget' recording feature, so you can save recordings for up to a year onto its in-built 2 TB hard drive, and to your personal Dropbox account using Quickshot Cloud.

Swann smart security camera

The accurate motion detection eliminates false triggers due to the wind, leaves falling, rain etc which saves hard drive space – but if you are the kind of person that likes to stay in touch, push notifications to your smartphone or tablet will keep you up to date.

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