School’s out and summer is in, that means only one thing – it’s time to go on holiday! We spend 11 months of the year looking forward to going on holiday, so it important nothing goes wrong while you are away.
Your home is probably one of your biggest assets, so it is important you look after it at all times – especially when you aren’t even there. Here are our tips for the best summer home security:
Make Your Home Seem Lived In
People who try and break into other people’s houses tend to target properties that look empty. The best way to prevent this is by making it look like someone is home, even though they aren’t.
Use timer switches to turn the lights on and off, as a lit room will instantly put most criminals off. You can also use these timers on your television and music systems. Remember to cancel any paper deliveries you may have set up, as a pile of newspapers outside your front door will quickly indicate your absence.
Tell Someone You Trust
Before you go on holiday let either a close neighbour or trusted friend know that you will be away and when you will be back. Ask them to keep an eye on your property and help them out whenever they can.
If they have more than one car, they could park one in your drive and take any mail or parcels that may have been left on your doorstep. If you are going away for a long time then you could even get in contact with the Royal Mail and use their Keepsafe service where they hold onto your mail for a length of time up to 66 days.
Lock Your Windows and Doors
It sounds like quite an obvious thing to do, but it can actually be quite easy to accidently leave the garage door unlocked or leave an upstairs bathroom window ajar after getting ready on the morning of your holiday.
Lock all windows, doors, sheds and garages and make sure you don’t leave any keys or anything of any value on show. Also, if you have any form of alarm system then make sure you turn it on before you leave the house.
Don’t Advertise Your Absence
Holidays are exciting and it is nice to let everyone on your social media accounts know that you’re looking forward to going and that when you are there that you’re having a nice time, but think about who you are actually telling.
Most people have hundreds of Facebook friends and often even more followers on Twitter. You never know who might see your holiday tweet or status and be alerted to the fact that your home is empty. Most phones and tablets also have geolocation tagging on too, so they will tell your friends and followers exactly where you are and where you aren’t, e.g. not at home.
Clear Your Garden
It is easy to think about packing up your clothes and shoes when you are going on holiday, as that’s what you will be taking with you, but make sure you don’t forget to clear up your garden and outside areas too.
Anything left outside, even furniture, can be appealing to thieves and will encourage them to enter your garden and see what else they can find. Tidy everything away into a shed with a lock and especially make sure you don’t leave any tools or a ladder outside, as these could just assist burglars in getting into your home.
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