Keep bur­glars at bay if go­ing away

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Home­own­ers who are plan­ning to go on hol­i­day this sum­mer can adopt some sim­ple mea­sures to help pro­tect their prop­er­ties from bur­glars.

ADT Ar­mour­guard gen­eral man­ager Ian An­der­son said trends for his or­gan­i­sa­tion showed that sum­mer months, in par­tic­u­lar De­cem­ber and Jan­uary, were the busiest times for home alarm call­outs.

‘‘Many thieves see the sum­mer as an op­por­tune time for il­le­gal be­hav­iour,’’ he said.

‘‘End-of-year cel­e­bra­tions and sum­mer gath­er­ings mean that a lot of peo­ple find them­selves away from home more of­ten than usual. This un­for­tu­nately pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for un­wel­come vis­i­tors, so it’s im­por­tant that home own­ers re­main vig­i­lant and take time to care­fully eval­u­ate home se­cu­rity mea­sures.

‘‘No­body wants to re­turn home from a re­lax­ing break to find their house has been dam­aged or bro­ken into.’’

The best de­fence against bur­glary is pre­ven­tion and plan­ning, and gen­er­ally mak­ing a home un­ap­peal­ing to bur­glars, he said.

The fol­low­ing tips can help home­own­ers keep prop­erty safe over the com­ing months:

Be­ware of who may be lis­ten­ing. Never an­nounce travel plans in pub­lic ar­eas close to home where oth­ers can over­hear your con­ver­sa­tion, or in on­line me­dia such as chat rooms and Face­book.

Do not leave notes for fam­ily or friends out­side your home, as po­ten­tial bur­glars can and will read them.

No­tify a trusted neigh­bour of your travel dates and make a re­cip­ro­cal ar­range­ment for your neigh­bour to put out your rub­bish or put his bin in front of your house, to clear flyers, mail and pack­ages left in front en­trances and mail­boxes and oc­ca­sion­ally to park his car in your drive­way or in front of your home.

Make sure all win­dows and doors are prop­erly closed and locked. Use qual­ity dead­bolt or door locks as it is sur­pris­ingly easy to open a lock with­out a key.

Never hide spare keys in mail­boxes, un­der door­mats, above door­ways or any­where vis­i­ble from the en­try. Bur­glars know most of the hid­ing places.

Do not leave tools ly­ing around out­side as this can in­vite im­pulse bur­glars to use them to break into your home.

Do not let valu­ables be seen from the out­side of your home. If you buy a new ap­pli­ance make sure that you crush and con­ceal the boxes in your rub­bish.

Leave cur­tains slightly parted so your home does not look empty.

Put mail on hold and sus­pend any daily news­pa­pers.

In­stall au­to­matic timers for lights, ra­dios and tele­vi­sions, prefer­ably set to switch on and off at ran­dom in­ter­vals, to cre­ate vis­i­ble and au­di­ble de­cep­tions.

In­stall mo­tion-sen­sor out­door lights around your home and mount them high enough to pre­vent in­trud­ers from dis­abling them.

Never leave an an­swer­ing ma­chine mes­sage in­di­cat­ing you are out or away. In­stead, just say: ‘‘ . . . can’t come to the phone’’. Lower the tele­phone’s ring­ing vol­ume so it can­not be heard out­side.

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