Keep your home safe when you’re not in it...

Keep your home safe when you’re not in it...

Private Property South Africa
Private Property Reporter

This article is sponsored by 1st for women

Holidays are coming up and unfortunately with them comes a spike in opportunistic crime – break-ins and burglaries increase during this time when you’re not around to keep an eye on your home. So if you’re going away – go sensibly,

Here are some tips to keep your home safe

  1. Check your alarm and beams are working before you go. Get your system serviced if you haven’t for a while.

  2. Don’t tell the world you’re going by announcing it on social media.

  3. Do tell your security company – and make sure they have a set of keys (or know who has one) in order to gain entry if something goes wrong.

  4. Don’t pack up your car in full view of the street.

  5. Install a timer to switch your lights on and off.

  6. If you have a post-box at your gate, organise for a friend or neighbour to stop by and collect your mail – mail that’s built up is sure sign homeowners are away.

  7. Think about employing a house-sitter, any kind of occupant is a deterrent.

  8. You might think drawn curtains are more secure, but they’re also a giveaway to those who might be checking your house – leave some open if you can because the more normal your home looks the better.

  9. Disconnect any non-essential electronics – and unplug your remote garage door (makes it much harder for thieves to gain entry!)

  10. Just in case, put irreplaceable items or important documents in a safety deposit box – it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

And of course, it goes without saying that you need Home Contents cover for absolute peace of mind while you’re away – find out more about 1st for Women’s Home Contents cover before you go on holiday!

Tagged In:

Home Insurance

Share:

Found this content useful?

Get the best of Private Property's latest news and advice delivered straight to your inbox each week

Related Articles

Myth or fact: Women pay lower premiums than men
For as long as cars have existed, jokes have been made about women drivers. But like many maxims, they’re not backed up by facts.
The first homeowners guide
Handy guidelines to some of the basic things you need to know about buying a home.
How do renovations affect building insurance?
It’s important to inform your insurance company about your plans to ensure your home insurance policy remains in effect throughout this period.