Protect your Vacation Home with Security Systems
How to protect your Vacation Home and Air BnB
Unfortunately, thieves are breaking into unoccupied or vacant homes at an alarming rate. They are often searching for copper piping, and some are even stealing the water meters for the brass. It is not easy to keep an eye on your home all the time, especially if it is several miles away. Luckily, most crime is preventable, and with the proper steps, you too can have peace of mind knowing your vacation home is safe and secure. At The Lockman, we care about your home security and home safety. That is why we have compiled a list of helpful tips for keeping your vacation home or Air BnB secure.
Re-Key Doors or opt for Keyless Entry
Keyless rental locks are not only more appealing to travelers (goodbye in-person check-ins), but they are also one of the most innovative ways to secure access to your home. There are now several intelligent locks to choose from. Some of these locks can even be accessed from an app. The guest is required to download the app to unlock the door. Some allow homeowners to assign unique codes to guests during their stay and change them after check-out. At The Lockman, we can handle the installation and programming of the lock. You just purchase the smart lock that will work best for your home.
Set Up a Light System
Turning on lights or using a system that automatically turns on certain lights at certain times can help make the property look occupied. Preferably, there should be at least two lamps that go off at contrasting times of the day.
Around the House Chores
Maintain the shrubs or bushes next to windows. Do not give thieves anywhere to hide by having tall bushes over windows or doors. Make sure all doors and windows are locked tight. This seems simple enough, but it is easy to forget. Therefore, an innovative idea is to develop a checklist for yourself, your cleaning crew, and guests. The list should note every door and window that needs to be locked and any security system information.
Invest in a Security System
Security systems have evolved over the years. All the rage lately is the Ring security system. The Ring security systems have a camera at the doorbell, and if you choose, you can put security cameras around the house as well. When a burglar tries to break in, you are alerted on your smartphone, and the police are notified. The Lockman is also able to install the ring security system and cameras. However, when installing cameras, it is essential to note that there are security camera laws. These laws are meant to govern security camera privacy and security camera safety. The laws are as follows:
Expectation of privacy laws: It is legal to record videos in public using doorbell cameras, security cameras and phones. Yet the person being filmed has a reasonable expectation of privacy. The government considers it illegal to film in places that are assumed to be private, such as bedrooms
One-party consent laws: This law governs audio recording. You are allowed to record conversations if at least one consenting adult from the party agrees to the recording.
Only 15 states in the U.S. currently have specific laws pertaining to security cameras and some counties and cities have their own rules. The laws change from state to state, but if you use a reputable locksmith like The Lockman they can point you in the right direction for obtaining that information. At The Lockman, we stay up to date on all laws regarding security systems, and we will make sure you comply when we install your security cameras.
We also stay up to date on any new security trends, thus informing us how to best ensure our customers’ safety. Come to us for all your security needs. While we are available most times for lockouts or making keys, that is not all we offer. Our services also include installation of any security equipment, be it doors, alarms, or cameras. We pride ourselves in being a one-stop shop for all your security needs. We have 20 years in the business, and you can trust our team. If you are ready to take the next step in keeping your property secure, we are here to help. Call us on (901) 246-2246 for all your locksmith needs.
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