Home security checklist: what to do before going on holidays

The holidays are a busy time of year. Most are busy shopping or planning the perfect trip and it's easy to forget about home security. So, this holiday season, we've prepared some security tips to help you keep your home secure while you're away.

Don’t leave spare keys outside

Burglars are surprisingly good at finding spare keys. Before going away for the holidays, be sure to remove all spare keys from outside your property. You can also consider hiding fake spare keys in a key vault, which can delay a burglar from breaking into your home or prevent a break-in altogether.

Secure windows and doors

Doors and windows are the most vulnerable areas of your home. In addition to double-checking your locks before you leave, consider these tips to secure your entryways:

 

• Consider replacing hollow wooden doors with metal doors; burglars can easily kick through hollow wood.

• Unplug your garage door opener, so thieves can’t open it with a universal remote.

• Secure sliding doors with a long piece of wood or metal placed between the door and the wall.

• Install deadbolts. Many robbers will break windows to unlock doors, but deadbolts that require keys will prevent this.

Home maintenance

Before you leave for vacation, make sure you have a plan to maintain the outside of your home:

 Arrange to have your lawn maintained while you’re on vacation.

Instead of having your mail stopped altogether, ask a trustworthy neighbour to collect your mail and packages for you. Clever burglars will notice homes that don’t get mail delivered for a few days.

Have your neighbour take out and bring in your rubbish on collection days.

Lighting automation and timers

New technology is making it easier to keep your home secure while you’re away. With smart home devices, you can use automation to make burglars believe you’re still at home while on holiday. Here’s how:

Put lights on automatic timers, so they turn on during the night. You can also get smart sockets, which let you plug in electronics and control them from an app, so you can turn them on while you’re away.

Use motion-activated outdoor lights that turn on every time someone steps on your property.

Don’t just set your timers and forget them. Savvy burglars will recognise if the same lights turn on at the same times. Instead, vary your schedule, and use apps to manually turn on and off devices to confuse them.

Get smart home security

Smart surveillance cameras and security devices can keep you connected to your home, even when you’re halfway around the world.

Ring video doorbells send instant alerts to your smartphone, tablet or PC when anyone presses your doorbell or triggers its built-in motion sensors. 

For added security, Ring spotlight camera is a versatile surveillance camera that can be mounted anywhere in your garden. Like the video doorbells, spotlight cam sends you alerts whenever it detects motion, and you can use the app to see, hear and speak to people on your property.

Ask a friend to house sit

Instead of making it look like someone’s at home, you can hire a trustworthy house sitter to actually be at your home while you’re away. The majority of burglaries occur because thieves recognise when a home is empty and vulnerable, but with a house sitter, your home will always be occupied.

Avoid posting on social media

If you’re going to post your vacation on social media, Ring recommend you do it privately, with a group of friends and family that you completely trust.

Protect your home for the holidays

You can never be too safe when you leave for a holiday. The festive season is stressful enough; you don’t need the added headaches of dealing with a burglary. So, use our home security checklist to make sure your property is protected before you leave for your well-deserved trip. For more home security products check out your local Bunnings

 

 

A glossary of smart home terms

Smart Home Smart home explained: a glossary of smart home terms New to smart homes? Get your head around some of the key terms you’ll come across in the smart universe.

How to automate your security

Smart Home How to automate your home security Your home’s your sanctuary. So feeling safe, secure and in the know – both when you’re there and when you’re out – is essential. Discover how these smart home security products can make your home more secure and give you peace of mind 24/7.

Automate your home with smart lighting

Smart Home How to automate your home lighting with smart lights Thinking of bringing a few smart lights into your home? We’ll shine a light on how they work, how to install them and how they can make your life more convenient.

smart home

Smart Home Smart homes: where to start We can show you how to turn your house into an automated home. Find out everything you need to know about smart homes, including what they are, how they work and how they can save you time and money.

What is the difference between a smart speaker and a smart hub_header.jpg

Smart Home What is the difference between a smart speaker and a smart hub? Not sure how a smart hub differs from a smart speaker – or what both can even do? We can help.

Illuminate your home with Philips hue lights

Smart Home Illuminate your home with Philips Hue lights More than just automated lighting, Philips Hue is a smart, customisable lighting solution that makes lighting your home easy and expressive.

Smart hub everything you need to know

Smart Home Smart hubs: everything you need to know The right smart hub can be the key to a truly automated home. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know.

Sengled Smart Element light globe 01:23

Innovative products Automate your indoor lighting with the Sengled Smart Element light globe Using a smart device, you can turn this light globe on and off anytime, from anywhere in your home.

hydrangea

Planting & Growing How to create an allergy-friendly garden If you suffer from hay fever or other allergies, then being out in the garden can, at times, be less than enjoyable. But there are some steps you can take to create an allergy-friendly garden so you can spend more time gardening and less time sneezi...

pallet coffee table

Outdoor Living Five D.I.Y. ideas to update your outdoors Autumn is a great time of the year to tick off a few D.I.Y. projects from your to-do list. Here are a few good ideas to get you started.

pot

Planters How to choose the right plant pot Pots are a great way to add colour, interest or texture to your outdoor space. Tuscan Path’s Elaine Foster shares her top tips on how to choose the perfect pot.

sunflower

Planting & Growing How to plant and care for sunflowers Sunflowers are a great way to add colour to your garden, and they’re easy to grow and care for. Bunnings Greenlife buyer Katie explains the basics of how to grow sunflowers and shares some tips on how to care for them.

orchid

Planting & Growing How to care for orchids Orchids are a low-maintenance flower that can be grown indoors or outside in a protected location. And, with a little care, they will provide you with lots of colour.

paint

Guides & Projects How to upcycle almost any piece of furniture with paint Rather than throwing out old household items, you can restore them with paint. It’s a quick, easy and affordable way to give anything from furniture to fences a new lease on life. Learn how to paint and prepare different surfaces to get the finish y...

DIY balcony and courtyard garden

Planters D.I.Y. balcony and courtyard garden Even if your outdoor space is limited to a balcony or courtyard, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on having a garden. The team at Tuscan Path, who have been supplying pots to the Australian marketplace for over 40 years, share some ideas on how ...

 kitchen benchtop materials

Benchtops & Cabinets A guide to kitchen benchtop materials The perfect benchtop will add style to any kitchen. It’ll also see the most action, so choosing the right benchtop for your kitchen – and budget – is an important decision explains Bunnings Kitchen Designer Ben Carey.

Top of the content