SE­CU­RITY HOL­I­DAY CHECK­LIST

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A MONTH BE­FORE YOU LEAVE

Un­der­take a home se­cu­rity au­dit. Try to think like a thief while you walk around your prop­erty. y.

Or­gan­ise a home se­cu­rity pro­fes­sional to visit your home to as­sess it and cre­ate a tai­lored so­lu­tion.

Con­sider live stream­ing cam­eras. Cam­eras po­si­tioned around the home are ideal for mon­i­tor­ing all sorts of sit­u­a­tions from check­ing on parcels left at the front door to peek­ing in on pets while you’re away. Doc­u­ment your valu­ables: Hav­ing an up­dated list of valu­ables, in­clud­ing pho­tos, can pro­vide vi­tal proof of own­er­ship in the event of a bur­glary.

A WEEK BE­FORE

Ask your neigh­bours to keep an eye on your home. Hav­ing a trusted neigh­bour to col­lect the mail and bring in your bin will help en­sure your home is less tempt­ing to bur­glars by giv­ing the impression that some­one is home while you’re away.

Hide your valu­ables. In the un­for­tu­nate event that an in­truder breaks into your home, don’t make it easy for them to find valu­ables.

Spray your alarm sen­sors to help pre­vent false alarms. In­sects and spi­ders can be a com­mon cause of false alarms so be­fore you leave, give your se­cu­rity sen­sors a light spray with in­sect re­pel­lent.

Au­to­mate your lights. Pro­gram­ming your lights to switch on and off while you’re away is a clever tac­tic that helps cre­ate the impression that the home is oc­cu­pied while you’re away.

Up­date your emer­gency con­tacts. If you’ll be over­seas or in a re­mote area, make sure you have a nom­i­nated emer­gency con­tact. It is also a good idea to give the con­tact de­tails to a trusted neigh­bour.

Don’t re­veal hol­i­day plans on­line. Be care­ful not to post your where­abouts or hol­i­day plans or use geo-tagged posts. Wait un­til you’re home to upload pho­tos.

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