Are you heading off on your annual holiday soon? With Summer almost here, many of us enjoy spending a couple of weeks somewhere nice and hot and forgetting all about our regular 9-5. Whether you’re jetting off to a tropical location with your partner or spending some time with your family at your favorite holiday resort, I’m sure you’ll agree that there’s a lot to plan before you hand over your boarding pass…!
Travel documents, suitcases, sun cream lotion, sunglasses – click here for stylish aviator sunglasses – making sure the kids have their favorite cuddly toys and that everyone has enough clothes to see them through. But have you considered preparing your home for your absence? Leaving your home unattended for an extended period of time could make it vulnerable to break-ins and thieves. Imagine coming home after a wonderful time away, only to discover that your belongings are missing. Nightmare.
So, with this in mind – I’ve gathered five home security tips you can put in place before you travel, which will hopefully give you some peace of mind while you’re away.
5 home security tips you can put in place before you travel
Check your doors and windows
I don’t just mean a quick wiggle of the lock before you get in the car. I mean to check each lock and window and door frame thoroughly. Are they locked securely, is the frame in need of replacing? Will a good kick open them? If you’re questioning the quality and stability of any of your locks, then speak to a local locksmith about having them updated.
Tell your neighbors
If you get a long with your neighbours and you trust them, it’s always a good idea to let them know that you’re going away and that your house will be unoccupied. This way, they can keep an eye on your property and take note of any suspicious activity that they see.
We can all be guilty of sharing too much of our personal lives on social media. Even inadvertently. Advertising that you’re excited for your family holiday in two weeks and then unconsciously posting images of your family with your house in the background or even the area around your property are easy clues for any potential thief to piece together so be careful.
Hide your valuables
A laptop on the dining room table, or a tablet on the sofa; all items that are easily spotted by peering into your windows. Seeing things like these could be enough to tempt an opportunist thief! So, keep all your valuables out of sight and well hidden. When you go away, close your blinds or hang up some net-curtains to obscure the view of anyone who might be looking in.
Ask for help
If you’re concerned, then consider asking someone to house sit for you while you’re away. Or give someone you know and trust access to your property, so they can clear away mail from the front door and make it look as though the property is being looked after.