If you’re anything like us, we work hard all year round for that all important break away, whether it be abroad or taking advantage of the beautiful locations we have in and around the UK. But while you’re away relaxing, taking in the sights or just taking advantage of spending time with friends and family, it can lead to huge upset and major costs if your home is a target for a burglary.
Below is our checklist, which we always go through when we’re leaving home for a trip away, whether it be for just a few days or a full 2 weeks:
Home Security Checklist
Intruder Alarm System
Ensure your intruder alarm system is up to date on it’s servicing and in full working order. If you’ve not already got an intruder alarm installed at your home, prior to going away is always a good time to get one fitted which will automatically reduce your chances of being targeted.
Add our monitoring service to your intruder alarm system and let us know when you’ll be going away. We’ll keep an eye on your home and alarm system through our central station, making your nominated and authorised contacts aware of any problems such they arise while you’re away.
It’s always a simple one, but it’s so easily forgotten until you’re bags are sitting waiting and you’re walking out of the door but setting up lights in various rooms on timers so you’re home doesn’t stand in complete darkness in the evenings.
Post and Deliveries
Put any post or deliveries on hold until you’re home or ask a relative or neighbour to collect it for you. A build up of post or your letter box overflowing shows you’ve not been home for a while.
Lock all doors and windows
A bit of common-sense tells you to lock doors and windows when you’re away from home but you’d be surprised how many people leave windows unlocked and and even more surprisingly, they leave their home without locking their doors!
Don't announce your holiday plans
With over 3 billion active social media users around the World, we really have made using platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram a way of life. But did you ever think that you would be advertising your home on social media to criminals and burglars while you’re enjoying your holiday?
By posting on social media where you’re having an amazing time with the family, the beautiful sights you’ve seen that day or the spectacular food you’ve been consuming, you’ve telling the World that your home is empty and available to be burgled. Don’t post on social media about your holiday until you’re home!