The summer holidays are in full swing and whether you’re taking a stay-cation or visiting more tropical climes, the security of your home can play on your mind while you’re away. Although domestic burglary fell by 3% in the year ending March 2019, 422, 870 offences were still recorded. Taking some common-sense steps to help protect your home really can make a difference when it comes to staying safe this summer.
Before you leave
It may sound obvious, but before you leave, double check every door and window in your home to make sure they are shut and locked. A half-open window could be forced open and can be easy to miss if you’re in a hurry.
The same goes for setting your alarm. It can be an easy thing to forget if you’re excited about your travels but making sure it’s set properly should be a top priority.
If you can, take a good look around before putting your suitcases in the car. If there’s anyone unfamiliar around, wait until they leave to wheel your cases out. If you’re taking a taxi to the airport, avoid disclosing where you’re going and how long you’ll be going for.
While you’re away
While you’re on holiday, make your house look as lived in as possible. If you have lights that can be set on a timer, use them. Ask a neighbour to park on your drive or to keep an eye out for mail overflowing from your letter box. If you have family members or friends you trust, you could even ask them to ‘house sit’ for you.
Alternatively, you could consider using a Home Response service like ours. Carried out by security professionals, we can check your home, respond to any alarm activations and even water your plants, giving you peace of mind that your home is safe and secure! Whether it’s for a few days or a few weeks, we provide a cost-effective and visible deterrent to burglars.
Once you’re home
Once you return home, even if everything looks fine, check your windows and doors for any signs of attempted entry. Just because you haven’t been burgled, doesn’t mean a burglary hasn’t been attempted. Taking the time to check your property and sorting out any issues could help prevent a more successful return visit.
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