10 Tips To Keep Your Home Safe When You’re On Holiday

Whether you’re jetting off for a round-the-world trip or venturing away for a well-deserved break, you don’t want to be worrying about thieves knowing you’re away. Keep your homestead safe by following these simple steps before you head off.

  1. Leave curtains and blinds open
    Nothing draws attention to the fact nobody is home like closed curtains in the middle of the day – it’s best to leave them open and invest in a security light if you’re worried about evenings.
  2. Bring in washing
    It might seem obvious, bur bring washing in from the line and take down drying racks that can be seen through windows.
  3. Cancel the milk
    Milk, papers and any other daily deliveries that could give away an empty house should be temporarily cancelled.
  4. Keep valuables out of sight
    Make sure your prized possessions can’t be seen through a window. Most burglars are opportunists, so make things less simple by hiding valuables in several difficult-to-reach places.
  5. Invest in timer switches
    It’s tempting to leave your lights on the whole time you’re away, but in actual fact a bedroom light on in the dead of night could be a giveaway to burglars. Automatic timer switches are cheap and allow you to set a few lamps to turn on and off at appropriate times.
  6. Enlist a neighbour
    If you have a kindly neighbour who would be willing to keep an eye on your property and pop in to pick up the post, this can give you extra peace of mind. All you’ll have to do is buy them a bottle of wine or a bunch of flowers – and perhaps return the favour in the future.
  7. Use Royal Mail’s Keepsafe scheme
    No willing neighbour? No problem! Avoid build-up of letters and post – which may be visible and show you’re not at home – by using Royal Mail’s Keepsafe scheme which holds letters and parcels at a small cost for up to 66 days and delivers on your return.
  8. Don’t announce your plans
    Apart from immediate friends and family, be careful who you tell that you are going away or for how long. Bragging on social media is a definite no-no. You don’t know who is reading it, and there’ll be plenty of time for that when you return.
  9. Give the house a once over
    Take the time to walk around the inside and outside of the house before you leave. You’ll see immediately if anything looks out of order, and while you’re away you’ll feel reassured you didn’t forget to do anything.
  10. Check your household insurance
    Make sure your cover remains valid while you are away, and that you have the level of insurance you require. If you’ve bought any particularly expensive possessions recently, do they need to be listed? Some policies will have exclusions for things like if you are away from home for a certain number of days, or if you let a non-family member house sit for you. Check these stipulations, or talk to your broker if you’re unsure.

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