Going on holiday is an exciting time but with a lot of planning and packing it can be easy to forget that our homes can be at risk of being targeted by criminals, especially if it’s obvious nobody is at home for an extended period of time.
I don’t want to put a dampener on your holiday spirit but some of the statistics for burglaries in the UK are shocking. Did you know that 47% of burglaries are a spur of the moment act and that most burglaries are carried out during the day?
Thankfully, there are steps you can take to help deter burglars from choosing your home as a target when you’re away.
Leave a key
If you’re heading off on holiday it’s a good idea to leave a key with someone you trust. If there are any issues while you’re on holiday, for example, a leak this person can access your house and turn the water off to stop further damage. If you don’t want to leave your key with someone you know, you could choose to use a key holding service like that offered by T-Class Security.
If you have CCTV it’s important to check the cameras are all working before you leave for your holiday and that there’s nothing obstructing the view. If you’re considering installing CCTV then before you go on holiday would be the perfect time because it will give you added peace of mind that your home can be monitored. Many CCTV companies have systems which let you access the cameras remotely no matter where in the world you are which means you can keep an eye on things while you’re away.
Possibly one of the best deterrents is an intruder alarm. These are normally clearly visible on the front of a property so straight away potential burglars will be aware of your home’s security and this should work as a deterrent. Not only does it work as a visual deterrent but if the worst should happen and you are burgled, the intruder alarm will sound and this will alert your neighbours and the security company monitoring your alarm.
Many of us have smart technology in our homes now whether that be smart lightbulbs and switches or a smart device such as Alexa or Google Home. These devices can help make your home look lived in while you’re away on holiday which will help reduce the risk to your home. You can set your smart bulbs to turn on in the evening to make it look like someone is at home, this should serve as a good deterrent.
Secure your doors and windows
In the rush of preparing to go on holiday, it’s easy to forget to prepare your property. Before you head off to the airport do one last check of all the doors and windows to make sure they are secure and locked so nobody can gain access to your home. If you have a back gate/side entrance it’s worth padlocking this so it’s secure, the more precautions you take and the harder you make it the less likely your home will be targeted.
Cancel regular deliveries
If you regularly get milk or newspapers delivered to your home it’s a good idea to cancel these services while you’re away on holiday. Nothing will indicate to a burglar that your home is empty more than a build-up of milk or newspapers on your doorstep.
Keep your plans private
Social media is used by most of us now but it can also be used by people who don’t have good intentions, for this reason, it’s important not to share your holiday plans on social media because you don’t know who you’re giving this information to. It can be tempting to share your amazing holiday snaps while you’re away but unless you can be sure who is seeing this information it would be safer to wait until you’re home.
Nobody likes to think of the worst happening but just in case it’s worth checking your home insurance is up to date before you leave for your holiday. It’s also worth taking photos of valuables, these can come in handy if any of your property is stolen because you can prove it’s yours and provide photos to the police and insurance company.
*This is a collaborative post.