Summer Holiday Safety Tips

Rumour has it we’re in for one of the wettest summers on record here in the UK, with a whopping fifty days of rain to look forward to, so it’s no surprise that many of us are counting down the days to a much-anticipated holiday!

With a little planning and some carefully selected products, you can enjoy peace of mind throughout your trip, knowing your home is safe and secure while you’re away. Here are five ways to do just that:

1. Let there be light

Installing motion activated lights around the perimeter of your home is a great way to deter would-be burglars. The Toucan Security Light Camera has a built-in 1200 lumen super bright light with radar motion detection and can be turned on manually, on schedule or when movement is detected in customisable motion zones.

This clever security camera even has pre-recorded auto responses, which are an excellent additional deterrent. You can control it from anywhere in the world using the free Toucan Smart Home App, where you can also access the last 24 hours of recorded clips for free.

Don’t forget to lock away your car keys somewhere secure whenever you leave the house and remember to include your driveway when customising your motion zones, as the bright light and other features, such as two-way talk, can help keep your car safe, too. You can also set up an auto greeting to say “step away from the vehicle, you are being recorded” when motion is detected. This is a great way to put off would-be car thieves.

2. Lock up your ladders

Certain items, when left visible or accessible, can make a burglar’s life much easier and yours much harder!

Criminals often use home owners’ own ladders and tools to attempt to access upstairs windows, which are more likely to have been accidentally left open, so make sure that these are always locked away out of sight.

3. Tell those you trust…

While Toucan Smart Home products act as a great deterrent and alert you to any attempts to damage or enter your property, one thing they can’t do is physically pick up any packages left on your door that could be stolen, or be a giveaway that you’re not home.

But with the Wireless Video Doorbell PRO’s inbuilt two way talk feature, you can simply ask the person delivering your parcels (in real time) to leave them in a safe place or with a trusted neighbour you’ve given a heads up to about your holiday well before going away – problem solved!

4. …but don’t tell strangers

With social media now being part of our everyday lives, too many people forget that it isn’t just friends and family who can access their profiles!

It’s a fantastic reason to be fully present on your holiday rather than sharing lots of posts that advertise the fact your home is being left empty, to minimise the risk of your home being strategically targeted in your absence. 

5. Supercharge your security

Before you leave home, check that your home security systems are fully charged so they last the duration of your holiday.                                                                                                                       

Or opt for a Toucan Wireless Security Camera PRO Solar Panel Bundle, as the camera and charger work in perfect harmony to maintain the camera’s battery level, eliminating the need for manual charging. Say goodbye to the hassle of battery charges and hello to uninterrupted surveillance!

To check out the full range of Toucan Smart Home security products and keep your home safe and secure all summer long, click here.