Pro­tect your home while on hol­i­day and beat the bur­glars

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Dr Steffan Ge­orge

WE all know how stress­ful it can be when you’re about to run out of the door for a hol­i­day or short break. In-be­tween check­ing you have your tick­ets, money and pass­port for the hun­dredth time, there’s also the chil­dren to deal with, the fish to feed be­fore you pile in the taxi.

How­ever, the last thing you want af­ter a hol­i­day is to come home to find your stress lev­els soar­ing again upon dis­cov­er­ing you have been bro­ken into. To make sure this does not hap­pen to you it is vi­tal to al­low your­self plenty of time to re­view your home se­cu­rity be­fore you go away.

It can be dif­fi­cult to know where to start with a se­cu­rity re­view so we have put to­gether a check-list of what to look out for be­fore you set out on your trav­els:

Check your house from the out­side in – are there any lad­ders or ob­jects in the gar­den that could be used to break into your prop­erty? If so can they be moved and stored some­where safely?

Re­move any valu­able ob­jects from view within the house and in any out­houses such as garages and sheds

Make sure all of your win­dows and doors (in­clud­ing in­ter­nal doors to con­ser­va­to­ries and garages) are locked and all of the keys are taken out of the locks and stored se­curely

Are any house keys left in the door locks? If so then re­move them and store them some­where se­cure. Side win­dows can also be smashed to reach keys and gain en­try so con­sider adding re­in­forced glass or maybe even block the glass up if you feel ap­pro­pri­ate. Dec­o­ra­tive grilles and bars can also vastly im­prove the se­cu­rity of a home with­out be­ing detri­men­tal to the aes­thet­ics.

Con­sider in­stalling a num­ber of light timers around the house so it ap­pears some­one is home at night.

Are neigh­bours, fam­ily or friends able to pop into the house to open cur­tains and re­move post? The house will ap­pear as though you re­ally are at home which will de­ter op­por­tunist crim­i­nals.

Added se­cu­rity such as alarms and even CCTV could act as a de­ter­rent. Alarms will alert neigh­bours to in­trud­ers so make sure you set them be­fore you leave. CCTV can also be man­aged by a se­cu­rity com­pany who will mon­i­tor your prop­erty while you are away – al­ways alert them of the dates of your hol­i­day in ad­vance.

De­pend­ing on valu­ables you may have you may want to con­sider get­ting a safe pro­fes­sion­ally sup­plied and in­stalled.

You may also want to in­stall top and bot­tom bolts on French doors or add sash jam­mers to UPVC doors

Hide car keys out of sight – sta­tis­tics show that thieves are in­creas­ingly break­ing into homes to steal car keys so don’t make it easy for them. Al­ways park your car in the garage while you are away.

Out­houses such as sheds and garages should be locked with a suit­ably ap­proved lock – a good source of ad­vice is Sold Se­cure, a premier test­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion house for se­cu­rity prod­ucts.

Lock any side or back gates – again us­ing a rec­om­mended lock.

Can­cel any de­liv­er­ies of news­pa­pers and milk.

And fi­nally, last but per­haps the most im­por­tant; lock all of your doors and win­dows.

Home se­cu­rity can be com­pli­cated so why not ask a trusted pro­fes­sional such as an MLA li­censed lock­smith to sur­vey the phys­i­cal se­cu­rity of your house and en­sure you have ap­pro­pri­ate locks fit­ted prior to your hol­i­day?

Se­cu­rity re­views are al­ways ad­vis­able so why not act now and make sure all nec­es­sary se­cu­rity mea­sures are in place well in ad­vance of your break.”

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