Keep­ing your house se­cure

Central Otago Mirror - - FEATURES -

While most of us like go­ing on hol­i­day be­cause it’s time spent re­lax­ing, camp­ing or tak­ing trips with fam­ily and friends, bur­glars don’t take hol­i­days and as such de­light in this time of the year.

Keep your home safe from in­trud­ers with these use­ful tips:

- Use timers to turn lights on and off at nor­mal in­ter­vals. - Keep a car parked in the drive­way. - Ar­range for the lawn to be mowed reg­u­larly. - Stop mail and news­pa­per de­liv­er­ies, or have a friend re­trieve them daily.

- Leave the reg­u­lar record­ing on your an­swer­ing ma­chine.

- Lock all doors and win­dows, set your bur­glar alarm, lock the shed/garage and put all your tools away.

- Se­cure slid­ing glass doors. Place a metal rod or piece of ply­wood in the track to pre­vent an in­truder from forc­ing the door open.

- Hide im­por­tant doc­u­ments and valu­able items, or leave with other fam­ily mem­bers.

- Ex­am­ine your house from the street and make sure no valu­ables, like ex­pen­sive elec­tron­ics or art­work are vis­i­ble from the street.

- Keep the perime­ter of your home well lit. You can do this by in­stalling low-volt­age out­door light­ing.

- Never leave clues that you are away, keep some shades and blinds up and cur­tains open to keep a nor­mal ap­pear­ance. - Trim the shrub­bery near your home’s en­trance and walk­way. This pre­vents a would-be bur­glar from hid­ing in tall, bushy fo­liage.

- Mark be­long­ings vis­i­bly and per­ma­nently with your post­code and house num­ber. Keep a list of the make, model and se­rial num­ber of these items and take pho­tos of any valu­able items that can’t be marked, like jew­ellery.

- Give copies of the list and pho­tos to a trusted friend or rel­a­tive.

- Make sure that you have up-to-date home and con­tents in­surance.

By fol­low­ing these sim­ple tips you can en­sure your home is bur­glarproof next time you go on that much-needed vacation.

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