Preparing to go off on holiday is an exciting thing. You can finally switch off your brain after months spent slogging away at work, and you can just relax away from your hometown or city. Of course, in order to relax properly, you have to leave everything in order for when you inevitably come back. I’m sure you don’t want to think about the fact that you’ll have to come back right now, but if you don’t want to have a moment of panic by the pool when you realise you forgot to turn the water system off, you might want to take a little time to plan now so that you’re not worrying on your holiday.

If you want to properly relax when you go away, you should leave your town or your country in the knowledge that your home is a fortress: you want to leave it completely secure. If you’re not sure where to begin with this or you don’t think there’s anything else you could do, here are some great pieces of advice for securing your home before you go away on a holiday.

Ensure everything is locked before you step out the front door.

This is an obvious one, but, in the chaos of packing and preparing for your trip, you could easily have forgotten to lock a window somewhere in the house. That one window might be all it takes for an opportunistic intruder to slip on in. You need to be making it as difficult as possible for intruders to enter your house whilst you’re away.

You should set your alarm, and also tell your neighbours that you’re going away so that they can watch the house. If anybody should try to break into your property, a smashed window and house alarm will make so much noise that your neighbours will have called the police before an intruder could get anywhere.

Warding off intruders.

Security is, for the most part, a deterrent. You want to make it as difficult as possible for people to enter your home and enforce some sort of defence system which brings attention to them and frightens them away. For example, you could secure your home with LED flood lights as a form of deterrent, given that being caught in the limelight is usually enough to make any potential intruder flee the premises. It isn’t worth the risk. Burglars will often fear being seen by a neighbour or possibly caught by any CCTV cameras you have on the premise, whether they’ve seen that you have any or not. It is worth actually installing cameras, of course, because if somebody’s going to break in, you’ll want to be able to identify them after the crime.

As an additional piece of advice, and this applies even if you’re only going away for a day or two, don’t leave a light on somewhere in the house to trick criminals into thinking you’re home. Not only will this waste a phenomenal amount of energy and be an unnecessary expenditure on your energy bill, but it’s also the oldest trick in the boo. Ironically, it’s more likely to draw the attention of criminals because it’s been done so many times before. It’ll make your house standing out like a shining beacon of light in the darkness, so don’t make it obvious that your household is empty.

Get your neighbour to park their car in your drive.

Neighbours, as I mentioned before, are your best line of defence whilst you’re away. They can keep an eye on your home for any suspicious types lurking around, but they can also help to make your home look occupied by parking their car in your driveway. This shouldn’t be any bother for them, especially if they live next door, and the sight of a car pulling in and out of your house’s driveway each day should be enough to deter intruders.

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