Are you going away this summer? Make sure you protect your home so you don’t come back to any nasty surprises.
The summer holidays are here again as another school year has come to an end. Before students all over the country begin preparing to head back to school – or to take their places at brand new schools – many of them have a family holiday to look forward to.
As the entire family gets ready to escape for a week or two, it’s important to remember the risks it can bring for your home. At this time of year, burglaries increase as more people leave their homes unattended for long periods of time. An empty home is an easy target for potential burglars who know many families plan their holidays at this time of year, so don’t let your home become one of them.
Taking the time to secure and protect your home before going away will ensure you can enjoy your break with peace of mind and without worrying about what’s going on back home. Here are some steps you can take to reduce your risk of a burglary while you’re off enjoying your holiday.
Make sure everything is secured
Before you go away, take the time to check every window and door is locked and switch on your house alarm if you have one. Anything that may catch a burglar’s eye should also be removed from sight and stored in a safe place. This can include laptops, cameras, smart watches and any other valuables. It’s a good eye to put away any chargers, too, as this can be a sign that there are valuables inside the house.
Try to make your home look lived in
If your house doesn’t look empty, it won’t stick out as an obvious target for burglars. While it’s not always easy to make a house look lived in, there are certain measures you can take. If you have a timer switch, make sure your lights are switched on for a few hours every day. If you don’t have this option, you might want to leave an upstairs light on while you’re away.
Avoid posting on social media
You probably can’t wait to share your holiday photos with your friends and family back home, but it might be best to wait until you get back. Even though social media has made it easy to share everything instantly, you don’t want those photos to fall into the wrong hands. If a burglar sees that you’re away, they’ll know your home is an easy target.
Don’t put your address on your luggage tags
Luggage tags can be a great wait of protecting your luggage should it get lost, but don’t make the mistake of including your address. If somebody finds your luggage, they only need a way to contact you – a phone number or email will suffice. Including your address means anyone who sees your case will know exactly where you live and that your house is likely to be empty for a while.