Keeping Your Home Secure When You Go On Holiday
It’s summer (just), so many of us will have been away, or planning trips to get away as Autumn and Winter creep up on us. While we’re away, we want to be focusing on relaxing and enjoying our holiday, not worrying about whether our prized possessions are safe at home. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to ensure your home is a safe as possible.
We’ve compiled a list of those things below, so read on to find out how best to secure your home when you’re away.
Don’t make it obvious you’re on holiday
There are a few visible signs that will indicate to would-be intruders that you’re on vacation, and it’s a good idea to avoid these as much as possible.
One of the biggest signs is a build-up of post on your doormat, or milk bottles if you’re lucky enough to still have a milkman. To stop this, firstly, cancel your milk! Secondly, maybe give a trusted neighbour or friend your house key and get them to come into your house halfway through the week to remove any mail from your porch or hallway.
You can also make it seem like you’re still at home by putting some lights in your house on a timer. This means they’ll come on at night and make it look like you’re still home. You could also get a cab or public transport to the airport, so there’s still a car on your driveway.
Make sure all your windows and bikes are locked
This may sound pretty obvious, but it does pay to do a sweep of your home before you go on holiday. Make sure your back doors and windows are all locked plus the garage and shed too. Also, make sure you keep any keys out of sight.
Hide your valuables
Speaking of keeping things out of sight, it’s a good idea to make a hidden place in your house to put your valuables. It doesn’t even need to be a safe necessarily. A loose floorboard, or hidden panel somewhere in the wall will do just fine.
You could invest in a safe if you want to, and even bolt it to the ground if you can. If you can't-do this, make sure it’s hidden as best as possible.
Don’t broadcast your absence
There’s more than one way to show would-be burglars that you’re away on holiday. Some of the ways have already been discussed, but it’s also possible to broadcast the fact you’re on vacation via social media.
While it may be tempting to post on Facebook that you’re off on your holidays for two weeks, you may end up attracting the wrong kind of attention. You can either make sure your profile is well secured, and only friends can see your posts, or just not post it at all and tell your friends individually in person or via text.
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For more advice on how to keep your home secure please get in touch with County Homes Locksmiths on: 07769 312235.
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