Tourism

How to keep your home safe while you’re travelling

Now in the middle of winter, many Australians are whisking themselves away to the sunny climates of Europe.

We’re not jealous at all. We bloody LOVE wearing six layers and drinking scolding hot tea just to keep our body temperatures above freezing in our icy office.

Just kidding, our FOMO is through the ROOF.

giphy (1)

Last year, the Australian Federation of Travel Agents reported over 2.6 million Australians travelled outbound during winter.

Since so many of us are travelling over 16,000 kilometres and leaving homes vacant for 2-4 weeks at a time, there are some easy steps we can take to make sure our most treasured possessions remain as safe as possible.

Ring, Australia’s leading smart home security company, has curated an easy checklist for around the home – giving you the freedom to completely immerse yourself in all the lovely places we’d MUCH rather be right now.

Eliminate hiding spots

giphy (2)

Thick shrubbery and tall plants are great ways to provide some extra privacy for you and your home but they also provide great hiding spots for burglars lurking in your yard.

Make sure your yard is always trimmed and fully visible from the street and light up any dark spots with floodlights or security cameras.

Set smart home timers

giphy (3)

Unlike normal timers, smart home timers allow you to set up your lights on alternating, random schedules, giving the impression you have a full and busy house, and it’s not obvious you aren’t home.

Organise for a mail hold

giphy (4)

When there is lots of mail piling up on your doorstep or in your letterbox, it looks obvious that you are away. Asking your neighbours and friends to monitor and collect mail will ensure your home doesn’t look vacant.

Alternatively, Australia Post offers a unique service allowing households to hold mail for up to 12 months.

Get your neighbour to park in your driveway 

giphy (5)

This small step ensures it always looks like someone is home, deterring any tempted burglars.

Organise a house sitter 

If you don’t have a friend who can house sit, Australian house sitting companies such as House Sitters Australia and Your Home My Home provide convenient services.

Don’t brag on social 

giphy (6)

Social media oversharing could leave your home vulnerable to break-in – pictures of your getaway destination are perfect for digital-savvy thieves to see you aren’t home.

Wait until you return home before talking about it on social media, and if you absolutely need to share your plans, do it with a private group of people you can trust.

Invest in smart security 

New technology is making it easier to monitor homes whilst on holiday – providing motion sensored alerts from anyone lurking around or of packages received whilst away.

Richard Branson, one of Ring’s biggest backers, actually first came across Ring when someone staying on his island directed a delivery man to leave a package via his Ring app on his phone.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Tourism

The Travel Industry Hub creates online community

Are you sick of attending webinars where everyone leaves straight after they end, leaving no chance to network and chat? Well, TTIH is doing something about it.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Brisbane Airport achieves global COVID-safe accreditation

While the health and safety protocols at Brisbane’s quarantine hotels are being questioned, at least the airport’s got it together.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Nail-biting images emerge of youths taking selfies on Sydney hotel ledge

Bloody kids these days and their death-defying selfies. Back in our day, the cameras were so big that we’d be lucky to get one up a staircase, let alone onto the ledge of a building.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

South Australia changes border restrictions for travellers from NSW

by Huntley Mitchell

Finding it hard to follow of all the constantly-changing domestic border restrictions? Travel Weekly has done some of the deciphering for you here.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Royal Caribbean extends cruise suspension, announces US$40m funding pool for agents

Despite what the headline suggests, the cruise group isn’t offering agents to take a dip in a literal pool of cash, much to our disappointment.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

The Travel Corporation’s Aussie CEO to depart as part of major exec changes

Here’s some very big news right here for your Friday, with TTC’s Fiona Dalton set to fly the coop after just three months in the top role.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Indonesian socialite books out entire flight to Bali to avoid COVID-19

The grandson of a pharmaceutical tycoon reckons booking out an entire commercial flight is cheaper than chartering a private jet.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Opening date revealed for W Melbourne

Have you been waiting with bated breath for Marriott to reveal the opening date for its new Melbourne property? Well, you can now rid yourself of all that anxiety.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

CTM boss in legal stoush with Brisbane City Council over $20 million property plan

Jamie Pherous has become entangled in a legal battle with the council over a swimming pool he wants to build at his new property on Brisbane River.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Get in quick! Trafalgar launches ‘Break Out & Break Free’ sale

It appears 2021 is the year of the sale, with Trafalgar joining the already long list of travel brands spruiking their discounted wares.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Unions take Qantas to High Court over JobKeeper “wage theft”

by Ali Coulton

Having lost on appeal in the Federal Court late last year, the unions are now taking their JobKeeper fight against Qantas to the High Court.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Carnival to ditch 19 ships, as company posts $2.8 billion quarterly loss

Carnival Corporation has added another ship to the pile of vessels that it will offload in order to stay afloat beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Share

CommentComments