We’re all looking to the new year with excitement and a clean slate and for most of us, that means making plans and having lots to look forward to as the year goes on. Whether it’s a family holiday, or a romantic break, spending time with those we love and making memories is what it’s all about! But before you pack all those summer dresses and hunt down your sunglasses, you need to take a moment to consider keeping things at home safe and secure while you’re away.
After all, there’s nothing that will burst your post-holiday bubble faster than coming home to a burglary. Heartbreaking. But don’t panic, here you’ll find some super simple home security tips that will help you enjoy your holiday even more, safe in the knowledge that your home and it’s contents are safe and sound.
But wait. Before we go on. Have you arranged your travel insurance yet? You never know what might happen whilst you’re abroad, so having insurance that covers lost luggage to illness even emergency evacuation insurance is the best way to go. Make sure you have some in place before you travel.
Your trusty laptop, your camera, even the kids bikes. All these things are desirable and can be tempting to an opportunist thief. So, when you head off on your holidays you need to make sure that all your valuables and high ticket items are well hidden and out of plain sight. A thief might not be initially tempted by your child’s tablet, but it might make them wonder what else you have inside. Be smart and keep things hidden.
The same goes for your car keys – if you’re leaving the car in the driveway, don’t leave the keys in view. All it takes is a thief with a fishing line and a magnet to scoop them up through the letterbox and it’s bye bye car!
Speak to your neighbors
If you have a trusted neighbor, then it’s a good idea to let them know you’re going away for a while. So that they can keep an eye on your property and also make a note of any suspicious behavior.
It’s so tempting to talk about your holiday on social media, in the hairdressers or in your local pub, but be cautious. You never know who might be listening.
Make it look like you’re home
Lights and electronics with timers are an old favorite and they do a good job of making it look like someone is at home. When you’re going away, it can be tempting to tidy up and make everything neat for when you come home, but a spotless house can look like no one is home, so don’t be afraid to leave the kids toys out, or a few mugs here and there. Just make it look authentic.
Get a friend to pop in
A friend or family member sporadically popping in from time to time will certainly put off anyone who is watching your property.