Going Away This Summer? Security Tips For Your Home

14th May 2019 posted in Landlords Tenants

If you are looking forward to the summer holidays, you will likely have a lot to plan. Getting away from the pressure of home and work-life for a while can be refreshing, but it is essential to maintain some focus on home. When you are away from home, you want to ensure your house is safe and secure, allowing you to holiday in comfort, knowing your house will be in excellent condition on your return.

Cancel or postpone regular deliveries

If you enjoy regular deliveries, cancel or postpone them when you are away from home. If these items sit at your front door, they will attract attention, signalling that no one is at home. This information may be all that opportunistic thieves need to attempt to break into your house.

Leave your curtains open

There may be a disagreement over whether it is best to leave curtains open or closed, but closed curtains during the day send out a signal that something isn’t quite right. If your curtains remain closed for several days, most people will assume that you are not at home.

Be clever with lighting

Modern technology is your friend when it comes to creating a sense of someone being at home. Timer lights or switches that activate at certain times help you to turn lights on and off at various times of the day. This action will create the impression that someone is at home, hopefully dissuading any opportunistic burglars.

Can someone pop into your home?

If you have friends, family members or neighbours you are close with, you could ask them to pop into your house a few times when you are away. If you have a pet or plants that need watering, you’ll need someone to attend your home, but having someone come in, open and close curtains, turn lights on and off will help form the impression that someone is at home.

Be mindful of the weather outside of your house

If you have items that are impacted by weather, such as a gazebo stand that can be blown away by high winds, bring these items into the house. If garden accessories are blown over and then left on the ground for weeks, it is a sure sign that you aren’t at home.

Check windows and doors before you leave

Before you leave for holiday, you’ll have a lot to think about, but don’t forget to check your doors and windows. Make sure these points are closed and secure because they are the most common entry points for burglars.

All of these tips are based on minimising the opportunity for burglars or promoting the fact that you are not at home. There is no way to protect your house from burglaries completely, but you can take steps to minimise your risk.

At Hunters Camberwell, we want you to enjoy your home life, and we are here to offer you as much support and guidance as we can, so no matter what property move you have in mind, get in touch.