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Planning and preparing for a holiday is an exciting but sometimes stressful period. Thinking about catching flights, packing everything you need, and not spending too much when you get there is enough to worry about without the fear of your home being burgled whilst you’re away.
Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to deter burglars and have peace of mind when you go on holiday. Here are nine of them.
1. Invest in timer plugs
A popular tactic for deterring burglars is to make your home look lived in with timer plugs. These plugs are attached to sockets and will switch the socket on and off at set times so that your lamps can come on for set periods during the evening.
2. Cancel regular deliveries
A pile of uncollected newspapers on your front step is a sure sign that you’re away from home. Be sure to cancel any regular deliveries such as newspapers or milk. If you’re expecting anything that won’t fit through your letterbox, ask a friend or neighbour to collect it so it doesn’t sit on your doorstep the whole time you’re away.
3. Ask friends to check-in
Whilst you’re away, you can get a lot of peace of mind by asking a friend to check your home every couple of days. Ideally, a friend who will pop over, park in your drive, and check inside your home will make sure things are where they should be and it will deter thieves too.
Giving a friend or neighbour a spare key or having a reliable list of locksmiths on hand will also ensure they aren’t trying to find a locksmith in London or wherever you are if they spot something amiss in your home.
4. Cut your lawn
If you’re going to be away from your home for a few weeks, especially over the summer, your overgrown lawn could be an indicator to thieves that you aren’t home. Before going away, mow your lawn and trim plants.
5. Secure all entrances
Most front doors are strong and have secure locks, but windows and sliding doors are alternative ways into your home. Make sure windows are locked and consider adding additional locks to sliding doors for an extra layer of security.
6. Invest in an alarm
A simple way to protect your home is to invest in a burglar alarm. Nowadays, many burglar alarms have their own home security mobile app. That way, you can easily monitor your home from anywhere and get some extra peace of mind whilst on holiday.
7. Put valuables out of sight
Make sure anything valuable, such as laptops, jewellery, gaming consoles, and so on are not plainly visible through your windows to passers-by. You might also consider locking especially valuable items into a safe box.
8. Lock tools away
If your garage or shed contains tools or ladders, lock them away inside your home. Otherwise, these could be used by burglars to break into your home.
9. Wait until you’re home to post holiday photos on social media
It’s tempting to post all about your holiday whilst you’re there, but excessively posting about your trip away from home could alert criminals that your home is empty.
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