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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
Check your alarm and beams are working before you go. Get your system serviced if you haven’t for a while.
Don’t tell the world you’re going by announcing it on social media.
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.
Don’t pack up your car in full view of the street.
Install a timer to switch your lights on and off.
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.
Think about employing a house-sitter, any kind of occupant is a deterrent.
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.
Disconnect any non-essential electronics – and unplug your remote garage door (makes it much harder for thieves to gain entry!)
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!