Ensure your house is safe this holiday
IF YOU have survived the recession, still have one or two rands in the bank and were not one of the fortunate few who have just had a holiday, the chances are you are now planning a Christmas break away from home.
This will probably entail locking up and leaving your home – but beware, December and early January are the time burglaries and break-ins proliferate.
“Ask any police station how they feel about the festive season and you are likely to get a rather sour response,” says Lanice Steward, MD of Anne Porter Knight Frank. “At this time of the year burglars seem to appear from nowhere.”
Steward advises holidaymakers to start checking on the security of their homes at least a week before they leave.
That every security light is working.
That the batteries in the alarm system are in tip-top condition and connected to an efficient charger.
That the perimeter beams, contacts, lights and electric fencing are operational and are not being interfered with by branches or plants.
That electric contact points on doors and windows are clean and functional – they can often rust or come loose.
That the automatic irrigation system in the garden has all its heads intact and that these are unclogged. It is always disheartening to return to find that a part of the garden has died through lack of water.
That a trusted friend will visit the home every three to four days.
Steward warns: “Insurance companies will either not pay or reduce their payment if they find that the alarm was not activated at the time of the intrusion.”