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Protecting Your Home Whilst On Your Travels!

 June 17, 2015  /  Comments Off on Protecting Your Home Whilst On Your Travels!

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Do you panic about the rising threat of burglaries? Especially with the upcoming summer holidays and possible vacations, it’s a worrying thought leaving your possessions behind. I can’t wait to get out of my home town Bedford for a couple of weeks in exchange for sandy beaches! However if you aren’t fortunate enough to have a volunteer house-sitter then you will want to do all you can in order to protect your house and its contents.

Today, it’s easier than ever for a burglar to target you. Why? Social media. We can’t resist informing our Facebook friends of upcoming travels or uploading a selfie by the pool. We know we shouldn’t, but some can’t help but reveal their location to everyone, you might as well tell the burglars you’re not at home, feel free to look around!

Protecting Your Home Whilst On Your Travels!

Take a read of some of my top tips for keeping your home safe when going on holiday.

Don’t Leave Your Post

If a burglar spots a newspaper hanging out of your letterbox or an abundance of envelopes and leaflets piling up in your porch this is an immediate sign of an empty house. Ask a trusted neighbour or friend to visit every couple of days and remove your post.

Try to Stay Off Social Media

As mentioned, we know it’s hard to keep off social media in this day and age but do try and resist checking in at your hotel on Facebook. Wait to share your holiday photos until you’re home! If you really can’t fight the urge, then you better take good notice of the rest of these tips!

No ‘hidden keys’

If in 2015 you still hide a key under the flower pot or doormat – remove it, and never put it back there, you aren’t fooling anyone! Instead why not leave a spare key with a trusty neighbour or family member.

 Purchase a Switch Timer

Instead of leaving your lights on for your whole holiday in attempt to make it looks like someone’s home (though really, lounge lights on at 3am?), buy a timer switch. That way your lights can flick on and off and reasonable times.

Change Your Locks

If you’ve recently moved into your home, you might want to think about changing your locks. Ideally this is something you should do when you first gain access to your new home so the previous owners don’t have access. Get in touch with a local domestic locksmith, it’s better to be safe than sorry and that way you know you’re the only one with access to your home.

Alert Your Neighbours

It might be a good idea to let a trusted neighbour know you’re going away, just in case they spot any suspicious activity happening around your home.

Leave Valuables Out of Sight

Remove your laptop from the table, handbag from the sofa, and other small items. Electricals are the most commonly stolen item as they’re easy to grab, so don’t leave any iPads or kindles in site!

Keep Your Curtains Open

Nothing says ‘we’re not home’ more than closed curtains at 2pm in the afternoon. Don’t raise extra suspicion, keep blinds open as you usually would during the day.

So there you go, a few little tips to ensuring the safety of your home whilst away, now all you have to do is kick back and enjoy your holiday with a cocktail by the pool (no selfies though).

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  • Published: 2 years ago on June 17, 2015
  • Last Modified: June 18, 2015 @ 4:52 am
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