There is nothing more secure than having people at home while you're away. Get a house sitter.
We are a retired NZ couple, who moved over to Qld in 2005. Love looking after pets having had cats, dogs, birds, horses, cattle etc, during our married life. Currently we have a toy poodle, Cory, our smallest dog ever. He is great with other dogs and loves to play. Pearl has had over 40 yrs experience with horses, holding a Thoroughbred Racehorse Trainers Licence for many years in NZ. Currently we volunteer at a local Riding for the Disabled facility where Pearl is a coach. We are non-smokers and social drinkers only. As we have sold our caravan, we would require accomadation.
We are keen gardiners and can mow lawns etc.
Because of other commitments, we prefer doing house sits during the December/January period rather the rest of the year.