Summer is fast approaching and as we take a well-deserved break, we need to prepare our homes for a potential break-in by making your home look occupied.
Here’s a 10 point checklist of what to do before you leave for your holiday.
1. Tell a neighbour that you are going away.
If you know and trust your neighbour let them know you are going away. We recommend giving them a spare key and your alarm code, in the case that it goes off whilst you are away. You may also want to ask them to pick up any mail or newspapers which could lie around your property that make your home look unoccupied.
2. Social Media
Many people publish that they are going on holiday on Facebook or ‘check-in’ at the airport and upload photos whilst they are away. This is fine as long as your friends on Facebook are trustworthy, if you are friends with anyone and everybody, it might be time to delete some people who you are unsure of to ensure that your home is kept safe whilst you are on holiday. Also make sure your privacy settings are up to date to again make sure only people you are friends with and trust can see you post about being away.
3. Cancel deliveries
If you receive a daily newspaper or milk delivery, cancel those items for the period that you are away.
4. Make your home look occupied
To make your home look lived-in, ask a friend or neighbour to close and open curtains and look after your mail. You could even ask them to leave their car on your driveway.
5. Alarm Systems
An alarm is one of the best deterrents you can buy to reduce the possibility of a break in, especially when you are away. We can provide the sort of advanced burglar alarm systems that guarantee total peace of mind so you can relax and not have to worry about what's happening at home. Check out our alarm services here.
6. Timers for lamps
Set timers for your lights and radio so that they turn on at appropriate times of day. In the summer months, lights don’t need to be turned on until 8/9pm and then can be switched off around 10/10.30pm so there isn’t a huge electricity cost to doing this.
7. Lock your property and fix broken locks
Lock your gates, windows and doors. We recommend that you replace any locks that are broken, damaged or look like they could be tampered with.
8. Invest in a Safe
Safes are the best way to keep your precious items safe whilst you are away. Safes provide protection all year round, not just when you are on holiday. If you have items to protect or cash you want to store, a safe is a great way to protect your items. See our safe services here.
9. Exterior lighting
Lighting sensors around your home help to deter an intruder and draw attention to them. See our security lighting page here.
10. Lock your Shed or Garage
This is a simple tip, but without locking your gate and shed, an intruder could use items from your shed or garage to break into your property. From ladders to gardening equipment, you don’t want to give intruders easy access into your home.
We recently wrote this blog post in the hope that you double-check your home insurance policy to see if your locks meet the minimum standard that you agreed to. This is important if you are leaving your home unoccupied as you may not be covered if you do not meet your insurance requirements.