Advice if you’re going away this summer

  Take precautions if you’re leaving you home empty burglar If you are going on holiday this summer, it is essential you take the relevant precautions to make sure your home is safe and secure from burglars. Burglars target houses that look empty, especially during the holiday period. Here is some advice on how to ensure your home is kept safe and secure so you don’t come home to a nasty shock:

  • Lock up – lock all windows and doors and any sheds, garages or outbuildings. Remember to set your alarm if you have one
  • Make your home look like it is occupied, perhaps get a trusted neighbour to visit your house once a day to move the post, pull the curtains and turn any lights on/off. Alternatively, you could use timer switches for your lights and the Royal Mail ‘Keepsafe’ service as they can hold your post until you return
  • Avoid discussing holiday plans in public places or on social networking sites
  • Mow your lawn/s before leaving so it doesn’t look overgrown and trim any plants/hedges
  • Ensure any outdoor tools such as ladders are securely stored away as these could be used to force entry into your home
  • Leave any valuable personal possessions or important documents with a relative or in a safe
  • Cancel any deliveries (milk, newspaper etc.)
  • If you have a driveway, ask your neighbour to park on it occasionally to give the impression your house is occupied
  • If you are leaving the country, don’t put your home address on your luggage on your outward journey to your holiday destination. If you are getting a taxi to the airport, use a trusted company and avoid talking about your holiday plans
  • Don’t leave a message on your answer phone saying that you are away

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