Beauty and The Beast set me up with some unrealistic expectations of my household furnishings. Whilst the Internet of Things (IoT) may not yet have given candelabras a quippy sentience, it has given standard home fixtures a secret life. However, this isn't quite the heart-warming picture Disney painted for us.
There's a few obvious ways of ensuring your house is kept secure whilst you're away, including making it look like it's occupied. You can do so with simple tricks including setting an automatic timer on your lights, ensuring your curtains are open during the day and making sure your post isn't going to be sat still on your doorstep and making it blindly obvious you're away from home.
Sleep is an important process for the body to repair itself. The body temperature and blood pressure drop, the breathing becomes slower, and the muscles relax. While sleeping is a normal way for people to recover from the strain of everyday activities, bizarrely unexpected things happen, whether these are natural or manmade, harmless or not. Learn about what these are...
Home security is a shared responsibility among family members. Thus, it does not and must not exempt children. If children are capable of writing their name, memorise their home phone number and address, then they are no less ready to hit the books about home security.
Social media and smartphone technology has improved to the point that you can pinpoint your exact location to a Facebook status or photo, or add a location to a Tweet, just as easily as you can send the message itself. This is all very well in the world of technology and social media, but not the smartest move if you're on the other side of the world and your house currently lies empty.
In the excitement of preparing for a holiday each year, it's easy to forget about the important measures everyone should take to protect their home when leaving it empty for a long period. Between January and December 2012, a total of 3,700,349 crimes were recorded by police, with burglary standing as one of the largest contributors.