Keeping your house secure
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.