Tips to help protect your home while you’re away.
There are so many things to do before going on holiday but before you pack up and head off, make sure home security is part of your travel plan so you can enjoy yourself knowing your valuables are safe!
Make Friends With Your Neighbours
Close neighbours can help protect your home while you travel by reporting any suspicious activity. Let trusted neighbours or friends know your travel plans so they can deal with any emergencies. Perhaps they can park their car in your driveway, take out your bins or mow your lawn so it looks like someone is still at home.
Organise Regular Check-Ups
Its a good idea to leave your house keys with trustworthy friends or family so that they can conduct regular check-ups on your property. This way you can relax and enjoy your holiday knowing for sure that everything back home is ok.
Don’t Let The Mail Pile Up
Nothing advertises an empty house better than an overflowing mailbox. Organise family, friends or neighbours to collect your mail to prevent letters from piling up. If that is not possible consider a short-term mail redirect through Australia Post or ask the post office to hold it until you return. Also, attach a ‘no advertising material’ sign to your letterbox so it doesn’t overflow and cancel your regular newspaper delivery.
Take Care Of Your Rubbish Bins
Another good travel security tip for your home is making sure your bins are emptied. If everyone else’s bins are out and empty and yours is overflowing and still in your driveway its a good indication that you’re most likely not there. If you are leaving before bin collection day ask a friend or neighbour to put your bin out for you – this will also save you coming home to the horrible smell of rotting food!!
Think About Your Water & Electricity
You should remember to pay your bills in advance – particularly the electricity – so that your alarm system and other security measures that require power will work during your absence. If you’ll be away for a long period of time, consider turning off your home’s water supply at the mains to prevent the risk of leaks. Make sure your electrical appliances are not left on stand-by. Unplugging things like your TV and computers will protect them from power surges, and save you power as well.
- Put some lamps on timers inside various rooms that can come on in the early evening and switch off at bedtime. This may give the appearance to the casual observer that someone is at home in the evening. Try and avoid rooms being lit that could be observed from the outside through the window.
- Consider also setting a timer on a radio or TV so that it switches on and off at a specified time. As with the lights on timers, it may trick someone into thinking that the residents are at home.
- Leave a pair of your old shoes at the front and back doors. This will create the feeling that someone is inside. If an intruder was to look through a window, it’s a good idea to leave a few things scattered around that make the home look lived in. Nothing looks more like you’ve gone away than an immaculate place, so leave an open book and a pair of glasses on the arm of a chair or a few toys in the middle of the floor.
Lock Up Properly!
Naturally it’s important to have the entry points to your home secured appropriately before you travel. But it’s just as important to double check and make sure all those entry points are actually closed and the locks fastened. There is often a rush of last minute organisation when you are leaving on a trip. One idea is to lock everything up the night prior to departure, particularly if you are leaving early in the morning. This will make your departure easier and ensure that you don’t accidentally leave your home unsecured and vulnerable. Turn off your garage door opener and ensure the door between your garage and your home is locked.
Don’t Advertise Your Absence On Social Media
As much as you might be excited about your upcoming holiday, avoid discussing your travel plans on social platforms such as Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. You can never be exactly sure who might see your social media activity. And while it’s nice to share pictures with friends while you are away, keep your travel security plan in mind. Wait to post photos from your trip until you get home.
Avoid The Dark
Thieves like to go about their work unobserved. Having exterior lights activated by motion sensors can light up the dark areas around your home at night. Being in the spotlight may just deter criminals from targeting your property and help protect your home while you are away.
Consider increasing your home security before you go away. If you already have an alarm system, don’t forget to switch it on before you leave and make sure the person looking after your property knows how to turn it off and back on. Making arrangements to have your alarm monitored will provide you with 24 hour protection while you are away. The main entry points for a home burglar are through an easy to access door or window. Ensure you have good quality deadlocks on your doors and adequate window security to make your home less appealing. Thieves are always looking for a fast and easy entry and exit.
Don’t Leave Valuable Items Out
It’s especially important to consider your home security when travelling soon after Christmas. Don’t leave expensive new items in clear view of would be burglars peering through windows or doors! Also, take a look at your house from the outside. Most thieves are looking for cash and easy to carry items of value such as jewellery or electronics. If these are left in a visible location they can make your home a target.
Install A Safe
Easy to carry, valuable items such as money and jewellery are most often stolen in break-ins. Installing a small safe in your home is a relatively low cost way to protect those items. Police also advise making a detailed inventory of all your valuable property so that in the unfortunate event that it is stolen, it is easily identifiable. This may involve photographing, marking or engraving the items with a traceable number such as your driver licence number or a special code that only you know. The act of doing so may prevent others from identifying your property as theirs.
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But of course the best security measure is one that will PREVENT a burglar from being able to enter your home not, just deter them.
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Wishing you safe and happy travels!