21 Sep Keeping your home and business safe ahead of the Christmas holidays
It’s hard to believe that here we are again, almost ready to embark on yet another Christmas and holiday period. Where has 2017 gone? Before you get swept up in holiday fever – buying presents, organising that well deserved holiday, sorting that special Christmas or New Year feast – it’s a great time to assess your home and business security needs. With a few months to go until we hit the Christmas period, now’s the perfect time to sort any necessary security updates you may need.
There are a number of precautions we advise home and business owners to take over the holidays. We’ve listed our top 3 below.
1. Be careful who you communicate your travel plans to
Social media is not your friend when it comes to home or business security. Always keep your plans offline. Additionally, be careful in terms of what you’re saying to who. Information relating to when your home/business will be empty is the kind of information that thieves will pounce on. Be cautious.
2. Position any Christmas decorations strategically
In our line of work, we talk a lot about the kind of things that help potential burglars to cover their tracks and go unnoticed. Throughout the year, we encourage you to ensure your garden and entrances are well lit and that your garden is maintained. In the lead-up to the holiday season, be aware of where you’re positioning any Christmas decorations. You don’t want to make it difficult for neighbours or passers-by to see if something out of the ordinary is taking place. Never obstruct any windows or doors and watch out for those Christmas lights in terms of electrical fires.
3. Double check everything before you leave your home or business unattended
Holidays are an exciting time and often, people are preoccupied with thoughts like, “will I make it to the airport in time?” or “I hope there are no issues with our accommodation.” It’s a really easy time to forget to double check that everything in your home or business that should be, is locked before you head off for an extended period of time. We’ve all accidentally left something open but it’s not something you really want to do when heading off on a holiday.
While the above are wise precautions, in our experience, nothing beats a back to base alarm system in terms of security. When it comes to both your home and business, a professional back to base alarm monitoring service takes chance out of the situation when keeping what’s important to you safe. In terms of your home, our monitoring centre watches over your property and acts promptly depending on the predetermined response plan that’s been put in place. That could mean that we despatch a trained patrol or get in touch with the nearest police station.
As for your business, there are a number of factors to consider in terms of security. Intrusion, vandalism, burglary and so on – we understand the amount of work that goes into building a business from the ground up. A robust security system arms you with peace of mind. We’ll monitor your business and our experienced team will identify and respond promptly to any triggered alarm. In terms of insurance, a back to base alarm system is a huge bonus and a necessity in most cases as many insurers require a quality level of security monitoring before agreeing to insure your business.
Your weekly investment into a back to base alarm monitoring system for either your home or business (or ideally, both!) depends on your specific requirements.
If you’d like to discuss your unique needs, please contact us and our friendly team will be in touch.