Are you planning a holiday this year? Will your home be left unattended for any period of time? We’ve put together a list of tips to ensure your house is safe from burglars while you’re not at home.
While you’re relaxing on holiday, the last thing you want to be doing is worrying about the security of your home. Make sure your home is properly protected and keep your peace of mind with these simple tips:
- Make sure all your doors and windows are locked, even when you’re in the house. This includes; sheds, garages, gates and any entrance into the house or garden. It may seem like an obvious point but it’s one that is easily forgotten.
- Keep valuable items hidden. Leaving expensive items in plain view or in an obvious place like your bedroom draw is only making it easy for burglars. The ideal place to store valuables is in a safe, but if this isn’t an option then find an inconspicuous spot.
- Don’t leave a spare key outside. Instead of leaving a key hidden outside, leave it with a neighbour a friend or a family member for safe keeping. No matter how secure you may think your hiding spot is, your key will never be fully protected and can always be found by a thief.
- Install a visible alarm and security light. Visible security systems can be a powerful deterrent to thieves. Motion sensitive lights can be cheap, simple to install and be very effective. It’s also worth having a working security alarm even when you’re at home.
- Don’t advertise the fact your home will be vacant. This mainly applies to posting on social media. Be careful about what you post online especially if you’re connected with people you don’t know.
- Do advertise your home security system. A security system is one of the best deterrents for burglars so make sure they know you’ve got one. Put stickers on the most obvious and accessible entry points to show what you’ve got installed.
- Keep your shrubbery well groomed. Ensure trees are trimmed and neat, plants aren’t becoming obstructive and thick bushes are tamed. This will reduce the places for burglars to hide and increase visibility from your street.
- Arrange for your mail to be collected or held. A letterbox that is brimming with newspapers, letters and mail is an obvious sign there’s no one home. Have a friend collect your mail or get Australia Post to hold it until you return.
- Make it look like someone’s home. Put your lights on self-timers so they go off at different times during the day and night or leave one, low energy light on permanently. Leaving a car in the driveway will also make it look like someone is home.
- Don’t change any regularly scheduled patterns. If you have a pool cleaner who comes around once a week or a gardener that’s a regular visitor, don’t change the schedule. Keeping your pattern will make your home look normal to any potential burglars scouting the area.
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