Short-term rentals are becoming increasingly popular, and there are a lot of homeowners out there that are finding that they can pull in a tidy income by renting out their homes to guests who prefer a personal approach in comparison to the traditional hotels out there.
Airbnb is a fantastic way to put your spare space to good use, and it’s convenient and easy to use the site for those who have no idea where to start. It’s not always plain sailing, while it may seem really easy: list your property, find tenants over the summer and bring in some cash – it’s not always that simple. All you have to do is search for ‘bad Airbnb guest reviews’ and bam, you’re in the rabbit hole and you end up believing that renting out your house is a bad idea.
From property damage to social media party frenzies, there are horror stories out there. The question is whether you are willing to see past the 5% of stories that are bad in comparison to the 95% of stories about Airbnb guests that are positive. Airbnb does a fantastic job of screening tenants and there are options for cover for some types of property up to $1 million, but they can’t cover everything. There are some things that are up to you to secure yourself, such as your personal information or important documents that you left behind in the rental.
There are ways as an Airbnb host that you can protect yourself against the threats out there, and you absolutely should look into these if you want your home to stay as secure as possible. Below, you will find some of the best tips that we’ve got to protect yourself and your valuables when renting out your property on Airbnb.
With January well under way, those who work in or manage office buildings will likely have a lot on their plates, whether it’s budgeting, marketing or reviewing staff for the new year – but how much time do you spend reviewing your office security?
We’ve always been committed to providing robust, industry-leading products and services for offices, regardless of size or budget. In this blog post, we will cover the main areas of office security to review in 2017 to reduce the risk of crime at your office.
With longer nights and shorter days, winter becomes a prime time for burglars to operate, with an average 25% spike in home burglaries over autumn and winter.
What’s more, the Christmas period sees more high-value gifts be put at risk when left unsecured, making easy pickings for potential burglars.
However, there is plenty you can do to protect your home and valuables this festive season. Read our latest blog to find our top tips for keeping your home and valuables safe over Christmas, with product recommendations and practical advice from the experts. Continue reading
Christmas brings excitement for many, both children and adults alike. The delights of festive foods, gift giving, and spending time with the family are the pinnacles of a great Christmas. But, unfortunately, Christmas is also a prosperous and joyous occasion for thieves across the globe.
Caught up in festive spirit many individuals and homeowners lose sense of keeping their homes and belongings secure. Subject to a higher than normal value of contents, thanks to a pile of gifts, gadgets, and jewellery our homes are a hotspot for burglar activity as we leave them unattended to enjoy parties and visit relatives. So rather than let your home become subject to a real life Grinch literally stealing Christmas, ensure your property, cars, and gifts are out of prying hands. Follow our top tips below:
Earlier in the month, we spotted this article by the BBC on rural crime and how it has rocketed over the past few years. Many farmers have turned to ‘medieval’ type security measures such as forming earth walls and ditches to hinder casual crime.
Does this make you concerned about your own agricultural security? Whether you prefer to use older methods or modern security, it’s important to make sure you think about all angles and possibilities.
The best way decide what security is best for you is to put yourself in the mind of a criminal. If you were going to carry out a robbery on your own farm, what are your entrance routes, blind spots and how easy would it be?
By determining the risks, you may find that you can put some really simple measures in place to help keep yourself, farm, stock and assets safe.
When searching for a locksmith, you may have noticed the term MLA (Master Locksmiths Association) on some locksmith’s websites, flyers or other marketing material.
The Master Locksmiths Association are a non-profit organisation and are the largest, most established and longest running Locksmith Association in the UK.
Thornhill Security has been a member of the MLA since 1998, with our MD and Founder, Phil Hill being an approved member since 1973.
So, what is the MLA set up to do? And why should you use an MLA approved locksmith? Find out in our latest blog post.
The summer is here and we’re sure many of you are looking forward to jetting off somewhere slightly more exotic than the UK.
Despite the excitement, it’s important to be vigilant whilst you are abroad, as having valuables such as your passport or wallet stolen can completely ruin your break.
You must also remember that your home is vacant whilst you are away, making it a potential target for a break in – you wouldn’t want to return from a wonderful holiday to find you’ve been broken in to.
In this blog post, we’ll cover off a few security tips for keeping your valuables safe whilst abroad; as well as ensuring your home doesn’t become a target for a break-in. Continue reading
Mortgage applications, meetings with estate agents, credit checks and hundreds of forms to fill out. We understand that security might not be at the forefront of your mind when moving home.
In our latest blog, we’ll look at some of the security features you should be on the lookout for in your new property. Security additions you can make yourself, as well as tips for protecting your belongings throughout the moving process.
If you’re a landlord, you’ll know that security is an important factor for your tenants. Having proper security systems in place improves tenant satisfaction and reduces the risk of a break-in which can lead to property damage costs.
You may also have short periods between tenancies where the property is empty, this can be a prime opportunity for a break-in so its important the property is secure even when vacant.
Read our guide for help and advice on securing your rental property, as well as product recommendations designed for landlords and tenants.
How secure is your shed? Unfortunately for some residents in the Bristol area, they have been subject to a spate of shed break-ins, with mainly bikes and tools being stolen. With over 11 shed break-ins within less than a week, it’s clear that a padlock alone isn’t enough to keep your outbuilding and the valuables inside safe anymore and with a recent study by Halifax revealing the average Britons shed contains up to £2,000 worth of valuables, it’s certainly worth investing in your shed security.
Find out more about how to keep your outbuilding secure, including police recommendations along with product suggestions and advice from our expert team: