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Increase Your Second Home Security In 3 Simple Steps

Vacation homes are a great place to go to in order to get away from the stresses of everyday life. Whether your home is up in the mountains, by the lake, or by the beach, make sure that you take all the necessary home security precautions to keep it as safe as possible so that it remains in one piece every time you head over:


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1. Invest In A Home Security System

Home security systems like Piper allow you to have a live view of what’s going on in your home so it feels like you never really left. In addition to being able to watch and listen live, Piper also allows you to customize your own security modes so that you’re alerted the moment things that trigger your security settings (like motion or sound) are detected. In addition to alerting you of the security breaches, Piper also sends you video clips of the events that you can download for free!


2. Schedule The Lights

A Florida-based sheriff recently revealed that lighting is the #1 thing burglars look for when deciding which homes to target. According to her, “lighting is crucial. If they go past a house in the evening that’s not well-lit, that may be more of a target than a home that is lit very well.” That’s why we recommend pairing your Piper with at least one smart switch or smart LED bulb so that you’re able to turn your lights on and off regardless of where you are, so that you’re home always appears occupied and decreases the risk of break-ins.


3. Recruit Neighbours As Security Guards

Neighbours can either be your best allies or your worst nightmare. Greeting your neighbours when you move into the ‘hood is a great way to make sure you create a free security network that strives to keep an eye on your second home and notify you about any suspicious activity. Sure, neighbours may go rogue and attempt to get into your vacation home, but it’s a good thing you didn’t tell them that you’ve got a security system in there! That blaring siren will be a lovely surprise awaiting any would-be burglar.


  1. It would be great to have a second Piper at my vacation home but how do I do that when the Piper app doesn’t allow pipers to be on separate routers or have different security levels set. Such as security on with home Piper and off with vacation Piper when I’m there? I would love to be able to do this but am not aware of a way to do it. Even Piper tech support says you can’t do this.
    P.S. please correct me if I’m wrong about this.

  2. I’m a piper user with 2 systems in 2 different locations. It is a security problem having to sign in and out to observe the status of the systems or to find out whether a problem has occurred. Until this changes I won’t add another location. Will this change?

  3. Same here – need to have quick switching between locations, and automatic arming upon leaving or returning home — not life 360

  4. Dave,
    I have a piper in main house [Piper1] and another [Piper2] in shop bldg, which is usually locked and secured. I can log in to Piper2 with different email address than one used for Piper1. Router/wifi for Piper1 would not reach Piper2, so I installed separate wifi for shop bldg. I usually leave Piper2 Armed/Away and have Piper1 just observing – I’m in the main house observing as well. I cannot switch readily from one to the other, but my usual situation does not require that. Of course, I’d like to be able to separately control each Piper on same app for both, but GetPiper says not yet, even though it would sell more Pipers. When on vacation I log in separately to both Pipers and turn them on >>> Armed/Away.

    [This could easily be accomplished (but I don’t have time to work on it) by having a clone of the phone app with a different name [and different email and sign in credentials], say two icons on smart phone, Piper1/PiperMain and/or Piper2/PiperVacation. Click on one or other and cycle between them.]

    One solution for both your situation and mine would be for one instance of Piper to be on spouse’s phone for your vacation home, and then the Piper for main home on your phone. She could get notifications on vacation home on her phone, and you would monitor Piper for main house.
    See if that works for you.

  5. Dwight,
    Having two in separate locations is a problem, but try installing one app on your phone for your Piper1 and install separate instance of Piper app for Piper 2 on your spouse’s phone. If she gets notification she can call you. This works for me with my two Pipers, one at main house and one in shop bldg, which is usually locked and secured. RM

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