Holiday Home Security
When guests arrive at the property, they tend to bring expensive gadgets with them such as an iPad, laptop or any other object of great monetary value.
Burglaries are very rarely spontaneous when hitting their targets. The more skilled criminals will scope out the property in advance, learning its weak points and the best time to strike.
The more security measures you have in place for your property, the better chance you have of stopping and deterring criminals. Having cameras around the exterior of your property can help you identify any unwanted visitors. Signs showing the use of cameras will also reinforce your security. For best and most guest-friendly use of security cameras, they should only be pointed towards key safes and the entrances/exits of property only. This will minimalise the invasion of privacy of your guests, while still monitoring the most important areas.
Disclose any use of cameras around your property to your guests in advance. If you do not disclose this, your guests could be entitled to cancel with a full refund. Mention the use of cameras on any booking sites you use.
Cameras must NEVER be used in private places such as bedrooms and bathrooms. This is a breach of privacy and unlawful.
As well as cameras, any voice recording devices also need to be disclosed to your guest before they commit to staying at your property.
Be mindful that these rules can change depending on the agency or provider you are listing your property with. Some have stricter rules than others and will not tolerate the use of cameras or recording devices.
Although modern locks have become a lot more sophisticated, thieves have become expert in the skill of lockpicking. With digital smart locks, no key will be required to enter the property. Instead, you can utilize an access code, card or mobile device to gain entry into the property
A key safe is accessed using a code which can be changed in between bookings so changing the code regularly is a priority. Tell your letting agent where your key safe is located and the access code in case of an emergency.