Headed out of town on vacation? Protect your home by installing a small and user-friendly Blink camera home security camera system, protecting your home from accidents, and making it seem like you are home. Using these three simple home security tips can help you and your family rest easy on trips!
If you read my blog at all, you know I like to travel. This year I’ve probably been gone more than I’ve been home. And every time we leave, we go through a series of steps to make sure our home is protected while we’re gone. We don’t have a lot of valuables for anyone to steal but it still makes me feel better knowing that we’ve taken steps toward protecting what we do have!
How to Protect Your Home While You’re Gone
- Secure your home with a Blink Camera.
- Protect your home from preventable accidents.
- Make it seem like you are home.
1 – Use A Blink Camera Home Security System
When we moved into our house just over a year ago, we were hounded by home security companies who wanted us to pay them an arm and a leg to setup a home security system. Seriously, it was like $50/month with a 2-year contract. Each of the systems had some sort of notification system where it would set off an alarm, call us, and possibly call the police if our doors were opened while the alarm was enabled.
While that sounds great, here’s the problem with all of those systems — you can’t see what’s going on, you just know there’s an alarm that was tripped. And home security systems can be expensive, like really expensive.
We went with a different choice — a Blink Camera Home Security System.
What Makes Blink the Best Home Security Camera System
We live in a tech heavy age and Blink gives you the ability to tap into that technology for a fraction of the cost of typical home security cameras. Blink is a wire-free home security camera system that notifies you on your smartphone if there’s any movement detected by the cameras set up in your home.
When you get the notification, you can pull up the app and watch recorded video of the activity that triggered the camera and then watch an actual live video feed from that camera. So you can quickly decide whether there’s something that actually warrants a call to 911 or if it’s nothing you need to worry about. If it’s something you need to worry about, you can save that video directly to your phone so you have evidence for later. And the quality of the video is fantastic as you can see!
We put cameras on our bookshelf that faces the entryway and the kitchen that faces our back door, the two main entry points for our home. And while they don’t know it, I often turn on the video when I’m traveling alone just to watch my son and husband play together. It’s one of the few times I actually get be a fly on the wall. You can see the great video quality in the video below.
Even more amazing, the Blink camera system starts at only $99, doesn’t require a contract, and runs on two AA batteries for two years. You simply open the box, sync your cameras, place where you want them, and feel secure for two full years in like five minutes. If you want to change the location, simply move it. There are no wires or anything connecting it to the wall, so you can move it as frequently as you’d like.
It’s no wonder the Blink camera was funded so quickly on a Kickstarter campaign when it originally launched! Each 2-camera system comes with two cameras, a sync module, 2-year batteries, and simple instructions for setting up the cameras. And I’m giving away one of those 2-camera systems ($169 value) at the end of this post, so make sure to read all the way to the end!
2 – Accident Proof Your Home
Even though having our Blink camera setup gives me peace of mind about knowing if something’s happening in our home, I still like to take precautions to prevent things from happening. These are just a few of the things we do to prevent accidental fires, pipes freezing, and more.
- Set our thermostat to 72 degrees to make sure the pipes don’t freeze (not as big of a deal here in Texas but it was in Virginia) and the house doesn’t get too hot.
- Unplug all of the cords throughout the house. If nothing is attached to electricity, it’s much harder for an electrical fire to start. We only do this with non-trivial cords obviously, not things like our refrigerator.
- Turn off lights, fans, and electronics. This is more about saving money on electricity than anything but it’ll also help breaking light bulbs and helping your electronics last longer.
3 – Make It Seem Like You Are Home
Another big thing we try to do is to make it seem like we’re home. It seems very Home Alone for people to be watching homes to see who’s on vacation and who’s not, but it happens. And if it were me doing the breaking in, I’d definitely choose the home that looks empty over the one that looks occupied. These are just a few things you can do so people don’t know you’re gone, even when you are.
- Stop your mail and packages. This is an easy one and probably one you’d want to do anyway. Go to the USPS website and set up a mail hold. They’ll hold your mail until you return home from your vacation. While you are at it, set up notifications from UPS and FedEx so you know when packages are coming and have the ability to change delivery dates.
- Have someone check-in regularly. Find someone who lives nearby who you trust. Give them a key or your garage code and ask them to not only go inside and check on your house but also to drive a car into your garage, or at least your driveway, so that it looks like people are coming and going. Someone monitoring the house is much more likely to notice a car driving in and parking than just someone walking to the front door. If you’re going to be gone for a week, try to have them come by at least 2-3x.
- Don’t announce it the world. This is probably the toughest of all of these. Don’t announce to the world that you’re going to be gone. Don’t post on social media that your entire family is in Europe for the next two weeks. I have a really hard time with this, especially since I write about our travels, but I try my best to not post real-time updates or to indicate that someone is still home while we’re gone. People can still know that you’re gone, just don’t make it so easy and tell the entire world when you’re leaving and coming home.
Blink Camera Giveaway
Since both Blink and I are passionate about staying safe while you travel, we’re partnering together to give one of my readers the 2-camera Blink Home Security system I described above. You’ll receive the exact same one I received, and I assure you – it’s awesome.
This giveaway is closed and the winner is Francia You! Congratulations Francis and thanks to everyone who entered.