Home security tips for when you are away

Home security noticeWith the summer holiday season fast approaching it’s a busy time for burglars. The good news is that there are several simple and effective steps you can take to help protect your home:

  1. Cancel all deliveries: Burglars will peek through your letter box hoping to find telltale signs that your property is empty – and a pile of unopened post is just the invitation they are looking for. If you are going away ask a neighbour to pick-up you post or sign-up for Royal Mail’s Keep Safe Service which will look after your post for up to 66 days.
  2. Check your locks: It may sound screamingly obvious, but in the last minute dash to the airport you would be surprised by the number of people who forget the basics of home security. Before you leave double check all door and window locks (including any sheds or outbuildings) and store the keys somewhere safely out of sight.
  3. Draw your curtains: The single most effective way to advertise that your property is empty is to leave the curtains closed day and night.
  4. Tell your neighbours: Ask a trusted neighbour to call round every few days to make sure that there’s nothing suspicious going on (and to feed the goldfish). Better still ask if they wouldn’t mind parking their car in your drive while you are away.
  5. Arm your alarm: A burglar alarm not only acts as a powerful deterrent, but it could decrease your home insurance premiums.
  6. Secure your valuables: Burglars are in a hurry to get their hands on high ticket items that they can shift quickly on the black market. You can make their lives much more difficult by hiding your valuables in unlikely places, and that doesn’t mean under your mattress or on top of your wardrobe. Better still leave your jewellery, electrical goods, financial documents and car keys with a friend.
  7. Keep plans private: No matter how exciting your holiday plans they shouldn’t be shared with all and sundry. Careless talk can compromise your home security and that includes careless blog posts and careless travel tweets.
  8. Check your insurance: Read your home insurance policy small print before setting-off to make sure that you will be covered. On one hand you may be pleasantly surprised to find cover for ‘valuables away from home’ on the other hand you may find cover restricted to a maximum of 60 days.
  9.  Label luggage carefully: Your Name, Telephone Number and Email are all that’s needed on a baggage label; by adding your home address you’re telling criminal types that your property is empty.
  10. Stay well lit: Security lighting is a cost-effective way of scaring off burglars.  Consider motion activated outdoor lighting and timer switches for indoor lights.




One Response to “Home security tips for when you are away”

  1. Very good advice regarding mail. I have been to several break-ins where the mail was visible on the floor through a glass porch.Anyone would be thief is looking for just this sort of sign.

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