Keeping your home secure while away on holiday

We all look forward to spending time away, on holiday, whether it’s relaxing on a beach you prefer or exploring a new city, we can all agree you don’t want to come back to find your home has been burgled. About 60 per cent of burglaries occur when no one’s at home, and the summer months see an increase in theft, simply because there are so many people away.

During summer 2016, a whopping 200,000 break-ins were reported across the UK. In this article we will discuss ways in which you can keep your home and possessions secure while you’re away on your holiday.

Keys to a trusted friend

The best way to keep your house secure over your holidays is to leave your spare keys with a trusted neighbour, friend or family member. Giving your friend, neighbour or family member a key can give you peace of mind. By sure to ask them to check your home from time-to-time while you’re away, and make it look lived in: that means drawing the curtains in the evening, switching the lights on and off and potentially even parking one of their cars on your driveway. Opportunists looking to break into an empty house will be deterred if they’re tricked into thinking there’s someone in.

Check locks

This may seem like a very obvious tip – however you would be surprised how easy it is to check everything is locked when you are in a rush. Be sure to organise your time before you leave, setting time aside for checking everything is locked and secure. It’s not just windows you should be checking: your doors, garage and shed are all potential break-in areas for burglars. Be sure to check your garden tools are kept in your shed and not left out, as they could be used to force entry.

Valuables out of sight

To be honest, you should already be doing this, not just while you are away on holiday. If a burglar were to walk past your home and see a phone/tablet/labtop on your table, they will look to seize the opportunity. Before going on holiday set some time aside to ensure all valuable are hidden and out of sight. If possible, store valuables and expensive possessions within a safe and give keys to family members to keep safe.

Technology

If you’re going to be gone for two weeks or more and don’t have a neighbour or friend to check your house for you, then understandably, it can leave you a little nervous.

However, technology really is a wonderful thing, and can give you peace of mind when you’re away. Installing cameras and sensors may sound extreme, but you can connect them to your phone via an app, allowing for 24/7 viewing, if you wish. In some instances, you can even request these apps to alert you when a sensor is triggered, so you can still be in total control of your home, even if you’re hundreds – or thousands – of miles away.

Don’t show

Finally, be careful who you tell you’re going away. It’s absolutely fine and reasonable to tell family and friends but be careful who’s listening. If your home is going to be empty whilst you’re on holiday, then resist the urge of broadcasting your next trip away on social media. Can you be sure that all of your social media contacts are actually your friends? Whilst it may be fun to brag about jet-setting off somewhere exotic, it’s not worth the potential trade-off of coming home to discover you’ve been broken into.

The last thing we want to do is worry you before you go on your holiday. The purpose of a holiday is to relax, spend time with loved ones. By following these tips you can rest easy knowing that you have made your property as secure as possible whilst you are away.

Date Published: 06/08/2018