Burglars are surprisingly good at finding spare keys. Before going away for the holidays, be sure to remove all spare keys from outside your property. You can also consider hiding fake spare keys in a key vault, which can delay a burglar from breaking into your home or prevent a break-in altogether.
Doors and windows are the most vulnerable areas of your home. In addition to double-checking your locks before you leave, consider these tips to secure your entryways:
Before you leave for vacation, make sure you have a plan to maintain the outside of your home:
New technology is making it easier to keep your home secure while you're away. With smart home devices, you can use automation to make burglars believe you're still at home while on holiday. Here's how:
Smart surveillance cameras and security devices can keep you connected to your home, even when you're halfway around the world.
Ring video doorbells send instant alerts to your smartphone, tablet or PC when anyone presses your doorbell or triggers its built-in motion sensors.
For added security, Ring spotlight camera is a versatile surveillance camera that can be mounted anywhere in your garden. Like the video doorbells, spotlight cam sends you alerts whenever it detects motion, and you can use the app to see, hear and speak to people on your property.
Instead of making it look like someone's at home, you can hire a trustworthy house sitter to actually be at your home while you're away. The majority of burglaries occur because thieves recognise when a home is empty and vulnerable, but with a house sitter, your home will always be occupied.
If you're going to post your vacation on social media, Ring recommend you do it privately, with a group of friends and family that you completely trust.
You can never be too safe when you leave for a holiday. The festive season is stressful enough; you don't need the added headaches of dealing with a burglary. So, use our home security checklist to make sure your property is protected before you leave for your well-deserved trip. For more home security products check out our range online or at your local Bunnings.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.