How to keep your home safe while you are away

Photo of masked intruder during robbery in villa

This is a revision of a post I put up 6 years ago.

I am repeating it as it has some very good advice that could save you a lot of problems and save you money.

The original post was prompted by an article I read published by the Good Housekeeping Institute.

Below is an extract.

It contains some fairly good advice but as I point out it is not really the answer. Don’t worry I do share a better solution (and one that will not cost you anything) so keep reading.

Here is the extract

5 ways to burglar-proof your home
https://goo.gl/oEaowg

Over 70% of thieves search social media to find empty homes.
Beat the burglars by following these top tips to a more secure home:

1. Don’t share the fact your house is empty
It may be tempting to share your ‘hurrah, I’m going on holiday’ feeling with your friends but, according to mediabistro.com, 78% of thieves use social media to find empty houses. It’s best to avoid posting about your break on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And make sure selfie-obsessed teenagers do the same!

2. Make your house look lived in
If you get milk or newspapers delivered, make sure you cancel them during your holiday so there isn’t a build up. If you have a window by your letterbox, it’s a good idea to make sure it’s covered so any prying eyes can’t see the build-up of letters by your front door. Things like this make it obvious to criminals that no one is home. If you have timers for your lights, use these to make it look as if someone is coming and going.

3. Recruit a neighbour or family member
If you have family or neighbours who can come over every day, they can make it look as if someone is in. If they can move your post, or park a car in the driveway, it will help put off a burglar who may be monitoring your home.

4. Lock all your windows and doors
A quarter of break-ins are through windows, so make sure they’re firmly locked, even those on upper floors. If no one is around, consider installing movement-activated floodlights or sensor lights at the front or back of your home.

5. Keep valuables in a safe place
Over half of people don’t leave their valuables in a secure place, according to a study by confused.com. In fact, 13% leave items in a sock drawer – a popular target for burglars. It’s worth investing in a safe or finding a clever spot to stash precious jewellery and gadgets. For insurance purposes, doors should have a five-lever mortise deadlock to comply with BS3621 and window locks BS7950.

All excellent advice…. BUT sadly it is not that easy.

I wish it was that easy

Burglars also read those tips. They know the tricks we are advised to use and so are often not fooled.

The fact is that your house is still being left empty and while these ‘tricks & tips’ may help to hide that they are no substitute for having the house actually occupied with someone living there.

This is where we can help. And it is FREE.

We can help you find a suitable person or family to live in your home while you are away. they will even look after your pets. No pretending the house is occupied. It will be occupied by someone trustworthy with good references and it will not cost you anything.

The other side of the coin is that if you would like a rent-free vacation we have houses owners all over the world who let us know when they are going to be away and we can put you in contact with them.

Have a look at our website for more information. CLICK HERE

God bless you,

Ray

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TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

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We can also help you find and enjoy a rent free vacation.

The more things change the more they stay the same

In 1849, French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr wrote “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose “ – the more things change, the more they stay the same.

In 2010 Bon Jovi sang:

The more things change the more they stay the same
Ah, is it just me or does anybody see
The new improved tomorrow isn’t what it used to be
Yesterday keeps comin’ ’round, it’s just reality

Things are changing!

As an example, today the UK welcomed in our 3rd Prime Minister this year. Politically we have seen constant change all over the world

But even in these changing and often difficult times some things remain the same. As humans we still get tired, stressed and ill.

As most of you will know our charity www.TLC-Childrenstrust.org  runs a Kenyan Government Registered Children’s Home and food costs alone have increased by well over £1,000 per month during this year so we do understand financial pressure

We still long for some time away from the treadmill of daily life.

But for most of us, we feel it is asking too much, as money simply does not go as far as it did

We would like to remind you that WE CAN HELP YOU

If you are planning a getaway and don’t want to leave your home unoccupied and vulnerable to being broken into or damaged.

If you don’t want to leave your pets in kennels or a cattery because it is expensive and also hard on the pets.

We can help you! Our ministry is worldwide so take advantage wherever you live and because it is free there is nothing to lose!

Register as a Home Owner with Christian House Sitters (Yes, it is free) and we  will try to find you the ideal Christian to look after your home and your pets while you are away. Their service will not cost you anything.

Hopefully this means you can get a break from the pressures of life, spend time relaxing and rebuilding relationships and come home refreshed.

How do you arrange to benefit from this FREE service.

Easy. CLICK HERE and Register as a home owner.

Remember do not leave it to the last minute. Register asap so potential sitters have time to make the necessary arrangements.

Do not delay. At the moment we are a little short of houses so you can expect a good response and you will be able to choose the sitters you like best.

God bless you,

Ray

Vacation Chaos. We can we help you?

The past couple of years have been difficult because of the Covid travel restrictions.

They are now almost all lifted BUT have been replaced with new problems such as the chaos at airports, the cancellation of flights, the rail strike, the massive increase in fuel costs (not to even mention living costs)

The pictures above are showing the situation in the UK but sadly the same is true in so many countries at the moment.

As a result many people who desperately need a break simply can’t afford to get away at the moment.

WE CAN HELP. If you are a Christian and attached to a recognised Christian church.

We can arrange for a reliable person or family to look after your home and your pets FREE of charge while you are away. Saving on the cost of putting your loved pets in an expensive facility and leaving your home empty and open to burglary.

We can arrange FREE accommodation around the world for you looking after someone’s home while they are away. No hotel expenses, no confined to a small room, all the benefits of living in a lovely house and costing you nothing.

May we suggest that you look at our website CLICK HERE and then prayerfully consider registering with us.

Registering for someone to look after your home and pets is FREE

Registering to be offered available houses around the world costs just £25 a year and even that money does not go to us it goes to support a Christian Children’s Home in Kenya. Details can be found if you CLICK HERE

Do not delay. At the moment we are a little short of houses so you can expect a good response and you will be able to choose the sitters you like best. CLICK HERE

God bless you

Ray

Email from a Cat

cat typing

I posted this some time ago but felt it was worth a repeat post for new readers

I love animals, always have done so when I received an email that claimed to have been written by a cat I was naturally fascinated.

The email was sent to Christian House Sitters as a thank you from a cat whose ‘owners’ had been away on vacation.

Here is what the cat wrote:

Hi,

My name is Calypso and I wanted to say a big thank you to Christian House Sitters for the way that you have improved my life.

I have staff (they mistakenly think that they own me but actually they just work for me) and from time to time they have a habit of deserting me. They say that they are going on their annual vacation and I see them excitedly packing their suitcases and getting ready. They look really happy but I have learned that it is bad news. It means I am going to be dumped at the cattery for 2 weeks. Now don’t get me wrong it is a very good cattery and they seem to try their very best but I ask you, do I look like someone who should be locked away in prison?

I have tried to explain this to my staff. I have even tried pulling stuff out the suitcase when they are packing but to no avail.

Once I decided to climb into the  case and join them on their vacation in order to find out what it is all about but I was discovered and ended up in the cattery again. But this year it all changed! I saw them packing and I felt really depressed but instead of taking me to prison they had arranged for substitute staff to take their place. They called then House Sitters. They were great. Gave me the attention I deserve, fed me my normal food, in the normal place and at the normal time and I had a great time.

Vacation is no longer a word that brings dread to my heart. Thanks for sending the House Sitters. I am telling all the other cats in the street to share the good news with their staff.

Yours thankfully,

Calypso the Cat

If your cat is trying to tell you something it might be saying that you should click on this link Christian House Sitters

It sounds good but……

The past few days I keep seeing adverts from a dog / cat insurance company saying that they now offer a free pet sitting service through a house-sitting company. They say this is worth £99 and is valid for 1 year

Great… But…

To get this you need to take out pet insurance with them. For a dog this starts at £12.17 a month or £146  for a year.

More than 1 dog you pay more

Got a cat as well or a few cats again you pay extra.

I am sure that they offer an excellent service but

I believe we offer something even better.

Christian House Sitters offers FREE membership to home-owners. No need to buy anything.

As a registered home-owner you can have a FREE house and pet sitters as often as you like. No limit!

Got no pets. Not a problem. We will try to find you a suitable sitter to look after your home so it is not left empty and in danger while you are away. It is still FREE

Got other pets. No problem we have found sitters for fish, birds, rabbits, donkeys, horses, and a variety of other pets. All FREE of charge.

Our service is available world-wide.

There is no risk as you do not pay anything to join, and the house-sitter/ pet-sitter is FREE as well so you can’t lose anything.

Have a look at our website for more information

www.Christian-housesitters.com

If you have any questions please use the contact form on our website and I will try to answer them but hopefully most questions are already answered on the website.

God bless you,

Ray

WANTED

Restrictions on travel are reducing almost everywhere.
The demand for houses is growing almost daily.
As an example, a recent house had 9 applications within
the first hour of being listed on our site.

So if you are a Christian and connected to a recognised Christian Church Register with Christian House Sitters as a Home Owner.

It will not cost you anything and when you are away your home and if necessary your pets will be looked after Free of Charge.

This is the ideal time to get your next vacation planned
and sitters arranged.

Remember
Our service is FREE to you.

For more details please

If you have any questions please read the FAQ page on our website or use the contact form on the website to ask me and I will do my best to answer promptly.

God bless you

Ray

Good News

Looking at the BBC News website this morning I saw the following as their main news article.

The article continue by saying that within hours of the easing of UK Travel restrictions the travel industry had seen a very significant increase in bookings.

What about you?

Are you looking to join the people who will benefit either by travelling to or from the UK?

If so remember how our ministry can help you and save you a lot of money.

You can register FREE of charge as a home owner and we will do our best to find someone to look after your home and. if necessary, your pets while you are away. This will not cost you anything. It is FREE.

You can also register as a House Sitter which will cost you £25 per year (all of which goes to support vulnerable children at the Home of Peace Children’s Home in Kenya.) You will then be kept informed of all houses anywhere in the world that are listed with us as needing a sitter and if you are interested you can contact the home owner to apply to look after their home.

Remember we are a Ministry NOT a business.

100% Of our income goes through our registered charity to the Children’s Home.

For details about how to register and for more information about how it all works please visit our website. CLICK HERE

For more information about the Children’s Home and our charity please CLICK HERE

May God bless and guide you.

Ray

How does your country rate?

Marilyn and I are exhausted. We are thankful that we will be going on a short vacation at the end of this week.

This led me to thinking about the importance of taking time out.

Having a vacation is really very important for many different reasons.

It benefits your health, protects relationships, improves work productivity, and can even save lives. I will not cover these in detail as I have done that previously but have a look at the following if you need a reminder.

Science behind vacations 

Research that could save your job, family and life

Health benefits of a vacation

Why you need a vacation

CLICK ON PICTURE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

So I looked at how countries around the world care for their workers.

I got my information from  Wikipedia   They list over 2000 countries annual leave details. I made very interesting reading.

Here is a very short extract showing the countries I believe most of our readers will live in or be interested in. For the full list visit the link above to the article.

With only one exception (more about that later) every country listed has a legal requirement to give workers paid leave every year plus paid leave on public holidays (although sometimes this is taken as extra work and an increased pay instead of a day off.

The one exception is not some backward 3rd world country as one may have expected. Even 3rd world countries have a legal requirement to give staff paid leave.

No, the only exception is the United States of America where there is no legal requirement to give staff any time off.

COUNTRYPAID VACATION DAYS PER YEAR 5 day working weekPAID PUBLIC HOLIDAYS TOTAL PAID DAYS LEAVE PER YEAR 5 day working week
Australia201030
Belgium201030
Canada10 to 20 Varies6 to 10 varies16 to 26
France251136
Germany201030
New Zealand201131
Portugal22931
Spain221133
Sweden25934
Switzerland20727
United Kingdom20828
U.S.A000

America No vacation Nation 

Wherever you live and however many of few days you get take them!

Use them!

Benefit from them it could transform your life.

Worried about the cost?

Worried about your pets?

Worried about leaving your home empty and in danger?

We can help!

If you are going away and concerned about leaving your home uninhabited and vulnerable, we can arrange for people to stay, free of charge, in your home while you are away. They will look after your home and your pets.

If you are finding it difficult to afford a vacation, we invite you to join as a sitter and we will keep you up to date with RENT FREE vacations all over the world

For details have a look at our website

REMEMBER. We are a Ministry NOT a business. 100% of all income goes through a UK Registered Charity to support vulnerable children at a Children’s Home we run in Kenya Full Details

God bless you,

WHY?

Why do we run Christian House Sitters?

There are 2 reasons.

Firstly as a way of blessing and helping Christians all over the world to have a vacation that they may otherwise have found it difficult to afford. For details see www.Christian-housesitters.com

Secondly 100% of the income we get from Sitters, who pay just £25 per year for their membership , goes through our UK Registered Charity to support the Home of Peace Children’s Home in Kenya. See https://www.TLC-Childrenstrust.org Note Home Owners who want a sitter do not pay anything.

Below is a copy of the latest newsletter about the work in Kenya.

Newsletter May to August 2021

This has been an odd year. Covid continued causing chaos but we thank God none of our staff or children have been infected.

Our Health Dept Manager Erick Jafeth Ochieng has done an excellent job. In his latest report received this week he wrote:
We are all observing covid 19 protocols with regular hand washing and sanitizing prioritized…… Environmental hygiene has been maintained; the toilets are always cleaned and washed on daily basis with the flushing of water available sufficiently….. the kitchen, is above average standards of personal and environmental hygiene.

May
The academic year in Kenya resumed in May instead of starting their new year in January. They will now finish last year’s studies and start their new academic year at the end of July this was due to Covid.

JUNE

Our secondary school and technical college students are all supplied with a bike so that they can cycle to and from school as it is too far to walk. One day as they cycled, a dangerously driven car hit one of our girls. He failed to stop. The other students cycling with her helped her and contacted Home of Peace. The bike is a mess but thank God she was not badly injured.

Also during June our Social Worker, Faith, who served us well for many years suffered an emotional breakdown. We gave her sick leave and she returned to stay with her parents. She also decided to resign so we needed to find a replacement.

JULY

E.C.D  GRADUATION

Under the Kenyan Education System children need to graduate from ECD (Early Childhood Development) before they are allowed to start primary school. At Home of Peace we employ a qualified ECD teacher to prepare our children. They need to study how to read, write do basic maths, some language skills and creative skills.

The latest group have graduated in July. The teacher loaned them gowns etc. for their graduation ceremony.

SHARON

Sharon Odhiambo became our new Social Worker. She is well qualified and has a lot of very valuable experience. We welcomed her to the team and she is already proving to be a great blessing.

Also during July

Our amazing trustees Val & Keith Norton once again did a wonderful job arranging a fun garden party and games, at their home, to help raise funds for the children at Home of Peace.

They raised over £1,400! Thank you Val, Keith and all who helped you!

AUGUST
6 new children were committed to Home of Peace last Friday.
5 will go to Primary School and one to ECD.

Background

About two years ago, whilst visiting a church he helped plant in the town of Homa Bay, which is about a four-hour drive from Home of Peace. Erick was presented with five young children who had been found homeless and suffering. Erick did the right thing and reported this to the area chief and also to the local Department of Children services and as a temporary measure, with their permission, he placed 3 of them with a member of the church and he personally started sending money to help provide food for them whilst waiting for the children’s department to do the right thing. With the permission of the area chief he took two of the children back with him to his own home where he was able to look after them.

When nothing was done by the children’s department we wrote to them and suggested that these children should be placed in Home of Peace where they could be looked after.

Once again nothing was done. Meanwhile one of the children that had come back and was staying with Erick, a young boy of eight years old, had been complaining of an inability to see. Naturally we arranged for him to be checked by the hospital and they decided that he had cataracts in both eyes and if nothing was done he could lose his sight. They referred him to the eye hospital (the only eye hospital in Western Kenya) who confirmed that he urgently needed two cataract operations but that because he has not been committed to Home of Peace he could not be covered under the Home of Peace children’s medical insurance scheme and the operations would have to be paid for privately. They quoted 36,000 Kenya shillings which translates to £250. Erick told them that he did not have this amount of money and they got back to him and said that they had found someone who would sponsor the majority of the cost and he would only have to pay 15,000 shillings which is about £100. We managed to raise this money and the child has had both operations.

On the 6th of August Erick and Sharon, our new social worker travelled to Homa Bay for the children’s court there to finally make a decision what to do about these children and, praise God, they have been committed to Home of Peace. The court also asked us to take an additional child. So, we needed to provide for 6 new children who will needed everything. Clothes, basics like toothbrushes, enrolment in school, school supplies, uniforms, etc.

That same evening we had a fire at Home of Peace.
A Brave Young Man
At Home of Peace we have a generator because mains electricity often fails for days at a time.
On Friday 6th August the generator caught alight and there was a real danger of it exploding and hurting or killing people and destroying the buildings.
Our Assistant Head Boy, John Charles, bravely grabbed the fire extinguisher and ran into the generator room and extinguished the fire.
The generator needed to be re-wired, fitted with a new coil and a new battery but had he not acted so quickly I dread to think what may have happened.

We presented him with a Certificate of Bravery and a small gift of money.

MARILYN & RAY
Your ongoing prayers would be greatly appreciated as Marilyn has continued to struggle with health problems and to add to that on Monday she was diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes which may need surgery. She will be having further tests on the 2nd of September

ONGOING
Please continue to pray for this ministry, for the staff at Home of Peace, for the children and students, and for us.
It is a tremendous blessing and privilege to be involved but at times it can be really hard work and emotionally draining.
Please continue to tell others, (Friends, family, church) about this and encourage them to get involved.
Please join us in thanking God for His provision and pray that through faithful people, like you, He will continue to meet the needs. It does cost a lot but it is saving and transforming lives.
All gifts, no matter how small will be greatly appreciated CLICK HERE

May God richly bless you
Love in Jesus
Marilyn & Ray

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