It's getting to that time of year where families all over the country are packing up and going on their summer holidays. It's a time that we all look forward to but make sure you don't get caught up in all the excitement and forgot to secure your home against potential intruders. It's so easy for criminals to tell if someone is in or not. At this time of year burglars are on the lookout for homes that are going to be empty for a short while so it's important to protect your home in any way that you can while you're away.
Don't load the car overnight
If you have an early morning get away it's tempting to pack the car up the night before to save you time in the morning. But people walking past will often look into your car and if it looks like you're about to be going on a trip they may be more likely to keep an eye out on your home to see when you're away.
Have a neighbour check your home
Most people tend to leave a key with their neighbour so they can feed and look after any pets but it is also worth asking your neighbour to help out in other ways if they can. Ask someone you trust to pop in each day to draw the curtains, pick up any post, switch lights on and off, move the car and even cut the grass depending on how long you will be away for. If you're not leaving a car in the driveway then see if your neighbours are able to leave one of theirs while you're away.
Think about getting a home security camera
Installing a home security camera is a great way to keep your home safe all year round. Intruders are less likely to try and enter your home if you have a security camera fitted on your property as burglars do not want to be filmed and draw attention to themselves. Having a camera also suggests that you take your home's security seriously so it signals that you may have other deterrents burglars don't want to bother with. If you can't install a camera on your property then you could always get a fake version for much cheaper although keep in mind that it may not look as believable. You can also get indoor security cameras with a live video feed so that you can look after your home even when you're not there and can alert the police or neighbours if necessary.
Don't hide any keys
As a general rule it's best not to keep a spare key 'hidden' outside your home. Even if you think you have the perfect hiding spot professional intruders know exactly where to look. It's best to give a spare key to a close friend or neighbour and never keep one under the mat or plant pot.
Lock certain items away before you go
Don't make a burglars job easier for them; lock away any garden or DIY tools outside that could be used to break into your home. It's also a good idea to hide any valuable items, such as jewellery and documents. Don't leave any valuable items or keys in clear sight of your windows and doors where someone could be trying to peek in. If a neighbour is coming to pick up your post ask them not to keep it on the windowsill or a place that is easily visible to those walking past.
Make sure you windows and doors are safe
Your windows and doors play a vital part in your overall home security, the more secure your windows are the more secure you home is against potential break ins. Having old, inefficient windows can not only cost you more in energy bills but it can also make your property an easy target for those looking to get in. Secure windows and doors make it much harder for people to get into your home. At Safestyle we pride ourselves on producing the highest quality windows and doors that are built to secure your home and stand the test of time.
Add extra security measures
You want to make sure everything is fully locked before you go away, lock all windows, patio doors, garages, garden sheds and anything else that could be used as an access point to your home. It helps to be extra vigilant as it's always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to home security. For extra peace of mind you can add extra security measures such as a sash jammer lock to the inside of your windows and doors to act as an additional deterrent against intruders. You can also install specialised security locks and handles on your doors which are much harder to break into.
Think twice before posting anything on social media
While you may want to shout it from the rooftops that you're going away be careful about what it is you're posting. The danger is that you never know who may be reading so posting photos, checking in and writing that you're off to the airport could be telling people that your home is empty right now. It's best not to broadcast your absence when posting publicly.
Cancel any deliveries
Make sure that you cancel any deliveries while you are away to avoid the letter build up. If you are expecting any parcels or deliveries see if they can be sent straight to a neighbour or family member. Never write a note to delivery men asking them to leave items in a certain place, this not only leads potential thieves straight to the delivered belongings but it also tells them that your home is most probably unoccupied.
Make sure your home is fully insured before you leave
Hopefully you will never need to use home insurance in such a way but if the worst does happen then it's best to make sure your home is covered. Check your home insurance before you go on holiday so that if you do fall victim to burglary while away, you can be compensated for the loss of any possessions taken.
It's one of the worst things imaginable to return back from an amazing holiday only to find that someone has been in your home and taken your hard earned belongings. Making sure your home is as protected as possible while you're away gives you the peace of mind to truly relax and enjoy your holiday. If you're curious about how much it would cost you to install safe and secure windows and doors then click here to get a quote from us today.