Leave without worrying or visiting relatives / Ten tips to make your holidays safe and …

Verisure Germany GmbH

Ratingen

The Easter holidays are just around the corner and even though the incidences are still very high, people are looking forward to taking advantage of their newly gained freedom to finally get back on the road, visit places of interest, visit relatives or even travel. correctly. Not even the dramatic rise in gasoline prices can stop people from driving after the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Unfortunately, this is also clear to thieves. So, if you want to enjoy your absence from home without worrying, you should take some precautionary measures to protect your home from burglary, but also from fire or water damage. Verisure security experts have put together 10 tips to leave or go on vacation without nasty surprises.

“Our experience is that unfortunately thieves do not take vacations during the holidays, on the contrary. It is therefore important to secure the apartment well before leaving it for a family visit of several hours or even for a longer period, in order not to risk to find a devastated house on our return, “says security expert Jonas Schläfli of Verisure. “You can also prevent fires when you’re not around. It’s best to unplug any appliances you don’t need before you leave. This not only saves money, but also reduces the risk of fire, for example during an April thunderstorm,” says l security expert.

Ten tips on how to protect your home before leaving or going on vacation:

1. Desired disorder.

It shouldn’t be immediately seen that you are gone. For example, leave a few things lying around on the sofa, a cup of coffee on the kitchen counter, and put a full garbage can or some children’s toys in plain sight at the entrance or driveway. This makes the house look squat.

2. Empty your valuables.

While you want to look like you are there, try not to leave valuables like jewelry, money, laptops, iPads, game consoles, and other expensive electronic devices lying around. Either lock them away or, if it makes sense, take them with you.

3. Find a house sitter.

Ask neighbors, family or friends to drop by while you are away to make your home lively. You can also take the opportunity to bring mail, newspapers and advertisements, water the flowers and throw some trash in the bin.

4. Pay attention to the “signs”.

During the holiday season, cases of thieves “mark” the opening of the door of the house or apartment with a piece of paper, thread, a coin or duct tape on the door handle or by drawing chalk marks, the so-called “scammers’ marks” on the house wall, raise. If these are not removed, the thieves assume that no one is home. So make sure your friends or neighbors are aware of this when taking care of your home.

5. Don’t make it easy for thieves.

If possible, prevent unauthorized people from entering your property. Make sure all gates, exterior doors and windows are closed tightly before you leave. For older buildings, check if the windows are still intact and it is best to lock stairs and other gardening equipment.

6. Protect doors and windows.

Many thieves try to enter the front door. So make sure you have a strong lock on the front door with security accessories that reduce the risk of a burglar entering your home. Good locks also pay off on patio doors and windows. It is best that all easily accessible windows and doors are equipped with shock sensors from security experts, who immediately report if someone tampered with them.

7. Simulate presence.

To make it look like someone is home, plug the lights into a timer or smart outlet. Use Smart Home technology to control shutters, lights and sounds so your home looks lively even when no one is around.

8. Eliminate the causes of the fire.

Unplug household appliances that will not be used during your absence; for example with televisions, game consoles, microwaves, toasters and coffee machines. This reduces the risk of fire during an April thunderstorm, for example, and also saves some electricity. If you have an alarm system, leave the plug plugged in!

9. Prevent water damage.

Shut off the house’s water supply, i.e. the main water tap, and thus protect your home and belongings from water damage. Also, if you have to be away for an extended period of time, be sure to clean drains, gutters, and downspouts of pieces of wood, leaves, and more beforehand so that the water can flow freely.

10. Get a professionally monitored alarm system

With a modern wireless security system, remotely monitored 24/7 and connected to a VdS certified alarm control panel, there are always qualified specialists who will take care of everything in seconds in case of fire, theft. with burglary or water leakage. An intelligent alarm system with real-time monitoring also makes your apartment or house an unappealing object for thieves.

What does Verisure do?

Verisure is the leading European provider of professionally monitored high security alarm systems and 24/7 certified remote monitoring. With an average of 600,000 installations per year, Verisure ensures the security of 4 million customers in 17 countries in Europe and Latin America. The company protects private families and small businesses with state-of-the-art security solutions, thus helping them to live a carefree life. Verisure is already known in many countries for its innovative products and services, high customer orientation and excellent sales performance. Verisure is also growing rapidly in Germany, despite the global pandemic. Although the company has only been active here since the end of 2018, security experts under the direction of Alvaro Grande Royo-Villanova, now with over 350 employees, are already protecting more than 15,000 satisfied customers in Baden-Württemberg, Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse and Lower Saxony, NRW, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Schleswig-Holstein.

Verisure, the company

Founded in 1988 as a division of the Swedish company Securitas AB, Verisure (or Securitas Direct) has quickly become an independent supplier of affordable home alarm systems. In 1993, real-time monitoring was added, which is 24-hour monitoring by employees of our emergency call control centers and services. In 1996 the offer was extended to small businesses. The Verisure Group, based in Geneva, has expanded into Europe, Latin America and South America since the 1990s. The global company, led by CEO Austin Lally, today manages approximately 600,000 installations per year, employs over 17,000 people and protects a total of more than 4 million customers in 17 countries including Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and Germany.

What does verification mean?

“True” comes from verifying. This means that the VdS-certified specialists at the in-house 24/7 Emergency Call Control and Services Center in Ratingen check the incoming signals from the high-security alarm system to see if it is a false alarm or an emergency. In the latter case, law enforcement, security guards and rescue services immediately intervene and, if necessary, the ZeroVision® fog-like privacy screen is activated as an anti-theft device. The “Sure” stands for the reliability, safety and all-round protection guaranteed by Verisure.

Press contact:

Alexandra Wenglorz, Head of Internal and External Communications
Mobile phone: +49 174 32 41 906 E-mail: alexandra.wenglorz@verisure.de
Verisure Deutschland GmbH, Balcke-Dürr-Allee 2, 40882 Ratingen

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