September 9, 2015 | Becki Hooper | Blog

Get Smart This September


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We want everyone to GET SMART this September! Take a look at some of the great hints & tips below on how to help keep your home and belongings safe.

1. Lights on Timer

Hue lights, bulbs and LED strips allow homeowners to control the lighting in their home via the Hue app (Free). The Hue app allows the user to turn the lights on and off, adjust brightness and change the colour all from your smart phone and tablet. Lights can even be automated to turn on and off at times that suit you which act as a great burglary deterrent.

Philips Hue Wireless Bulbs Starter Kit

The Philips Hue Wireless Bulbs Starter Kit contains everything you would need to control the lighting in your home from a device such as a smart phone or tablet.

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2. Royal Mail


Going away? Don’t advertise your absence with a pile of mail building up on the doormat. With Keepsafe, you can enjoy a carefree break. The Royal Mail team will hold on to your letters and parcels for up to 66 days and deliver them once you’re safely home again. Keepsafe:

• set up within 5 days
• helps prevent identity fraud
• delivers your letters and parcels the first available day after your return

“The Home Office Identity Fraud Steering Committee supports the use of Royal Mail’s Keepsafe to reduce risk of identity fraud when you go away as it ensures you do not leave any obvious clues such as a heap of mail on your doormat.”

Source – Royal Mail

3. Fake TV

Fake TV is a home security product which gives the illusion that someone is at home watching TV. The home security product is programmed to automatically turn on when it is dark outside and will create a flicker effect giving the illusion that the TV is on and therefore acting as a deterrent to any potential intruders.
These can be found online at…

Below are a few things to keep in mind that you should not do…

1. Never hide keys under a door mat or plant pot! A key safe is the most secure way to leave a spare by the front door, but the only way you can be sure only a family member will use it.

2. Don’t just shut the windows “lock them “
“According to the office of national statistics over 40% of unauthorised entries are through an open or unlocked door or window.”
Source – TalkTalk

3. Keep valuable items out of street view – This may seem like a simple one, but why would you set up your living room like a shop window to any potential intruders.

4. Break down and bag up boxes from expensive items, rather than leaving them outside – you don’t want people to know what you’ve just bought – You could even store them in the house or shed until the day of your rubbish collection.

5. Always have your parcels delivered to the post office if you’re not in, or alternatively ask a trusted neighbour to sign for them.