After spending a long time cooped up in our homes, many of us are looking forward to finally getting away this summer (whether that be for a domestic break or abroad). As many of us haven’t been away from our homes for long trips in some time it’s worth remembering to safeguard your home. According to security experts eSafes, 70% of thieves search social media to find empty homes during the summer holiday.
Consider the following tips to help keep your home and contents safe while you’re away:
- Complete checks before leaving. Double-check that all windows and doors are locked, including any sheds or outbuildings, before leaving. Additionally, store valuables away from windows so they aren’t in view. Many people typically forget to double check. Keep all windows and doors closed, locked and store the keys in a secure place.
- Make your house look occupied. If possible, make your home appear like you’re still present. Mow the lawn and open curtains and blinds before leaving. Consider automatic timer switches to turn lights on and off in the evening while you’re gone. One of the best ways to give the perception as though you’re in your home, is to have your lights on intermittently. If you’re not travelling in your car, ensure to leave it parked on your driveway (assuming you have one) or nearby to your home.
- Ask your neighbours for help. Putting your bins out early is a clear indicator that you’re away. Ask a neighbour to put your bins out on collection day and keep a general eye on your property while you’re on holiday. If you have a friendly neighbour you can trust popping into your home whilst you’re away consider asking them to regularly check in on your home and keep an eye out for you.
- Stay safe on social media. While sharing photos online is tempting, this will publicly advertise the fact that your home is unoccupied. Consider sharing photos privately instead. This may seem an obvious one, but you’d be surprised how many people publicly share their upcoming trip’s location and duration.
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