Safe and sound
A family holiday is a time to relax, unwind and let the worries float away. Travel with peace of mind this summer by making sure your home and belongings are safe and secure.
We all look forward to the long, warm days and relaxed pace of summer. Unfortunately, so do the criminal element who are on the lookout for houses left empty and vulnerable by holidaymakers. A burgled house is the last thing you need when returning from a well-earned vacation, so what can you do to prevent the dreaded break in?
Good security reduces risk
It sounds simple but the more careful you are with keeping your house secure the less likely it is that a thief will choose your home. Installing deadlocks on doors and windows not only makes it harder to get in, but it is also much more difficult for anyone to remove your belongings from the house. It also helps to make the security measures at your home visible so if you have an alarm or a security monitoring system, make sure you advertise that it’s there. Also, place your security lights in visible spots around your property.
Installing effective security systems in your home will also make it more attractive to buyers when it comes time to sell.
Houses are often left empty in the summer months so it’s a prime time for burglaries. Before you leave for your holiday, take these measures to keep your home safe.
Cancel all deliveries such as couriered parcels or newspapers.
Have a neighbour clear your mailbox for you every few days.
Use timers on lights to make it appear as if someone is home.
Invite your neighbours to park their car in your driveway while you’re away.
If you’re away for a long break, arrange for someone to mow the lawns.
Posting on social media about your holiday could alert would-be thieves to your absence so be careful what information you put out there.
Consider having a trusted friend or family member housesit for you.
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