When we are off enjoying our holidays, the last thing we want to be doing is worrying about the safety of our home. However, police report that a large number of break-ins occur over the holiday period. So what can you do to ensure your home is safe and secure?
1. Lock it up!
Make sure that all of your doors and windows are fitted with quality locks. Ensure these are properly installed and that they function correctly. Don’t forget, if any of your doors have deadlocks, to make sure they are in usage. Remember, even if thieves are able to enter your property, good locks can limit how much they are able to leave with.
2. Consider installing an alarm.
These act as an excellent deterrent for would-be thieves. If you opt for a monitored service, someone will attend the property when the alarm is triggered. You may even be able to program your alarm to alert you through your mobile phone wherever you are. Talk to your alarm installer for more on this.
3. Keep it clean!
A tidy front garden suggests that your home is taken care of. Similarly, an overgrown garden and lawn can often reveal that the home owners are away on holiday.
4. Talk to your neighbours
It is a great idea to speak to a trusted neighbour. Let them know when you are away and ask them to keep an eye on your home. They can also clear out your letterbox and be a presence looking out for any suspicious activity.
5. Light it up!
Install timer lights throughout your home. These can give your home a lived-in look. Remember to put them in rooms that someone cannot easily seeinside so it is hard to verify is someone is home or not. You may also want to leave a radio on to add to the feeling that someone is around.
6. Spare key
This may seem obvious but many people leave a spare key around their home, whether it is in a pot plant by the front door or somewhere in the garden. Thieves know this and often gain access by unearthing your hidden key.
7. Get some cameras
Nowadays, DIY cameras are both easy to install and manage. You can buy simple kits. These can act as a real deterrent when thieves are looking at your home.