Over 80% of burglaries occur when a house is empty, so it’s important to try to make your house look occupied when you’re away on holiday. Amid the excitement of packing and planning your trip, put some time aside to check your home security arrangements, and with a few things in place you can go away with complete peace of mind.
‘Neighbours; everybody needs good neighbours’, as someone once sang! Becoming a member of your local neighbourhood watch scheme is an important step in holiday home security – it’s a handy way to get to know the people in your area. Regardless of neighbourhood watch, you should ask a neighbour to collect any post to save it building up. If you are away for a long time, it’s worth asking them to mow your lawns – if you normally keep a well-tended garden, long grass is a sure sign there’s no one at home.
Firstly, make sure you have sufficient locks on all of your doors and windows. Secondly, double-check that they are all locked, and that the lock keys are out of sight of the window. One area to be particularly mindful of is your garage, especially if it gives access to the rest of your property. Garage doors are often easy for the professional burglar to dismantle, and then the internal door can be tackled out of view. Additional garage door locks are recommended as the basic locks often used on garage doors are easy to pick.
A dark house is a sure sign that a dwelling is empty, as is a permanent light left on. If a professional burglar is watching a property, basic timer switches are a giveaway as well – invest in switches that switch on randomly or with changeable time settings. In addition to lights, time switches for a television or other ‘noisy’ device is a further security measure.
4. Social Media
However excited you are, don’t advertise to the world that you are going to be away for seven or more days! Connections through Facebook can be far and wide-ranging and announcing dates – as well as sharing photos as you take them – is a risk not worth taking. Holiday home security is far more important than keeping up with the Joneses on Facebook, and you’ll be able to relive your happy memories by posting all your photos the moment you get home.
We hope you find our blog useful – amid the planning and packing it’s easy to push security issues to the background, but a few checks and a bit of planning can make all the difference. For more information on keeping your property secure, please see our home security checklist or our dedicated page on how to secure your home when going on holiday. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions, and remember our free home security surveys are completely free of charge.
27 January 2017
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