3 Step Guide To Securing Your Home When On Holiday
Whether you are considering a holiday abroad, planning on visiting family or holidaying in the UK, a change of scenery is at the forefront of many peoples minds.
With holidays seeming like a distant memory, it’s easy to forget that when you are going on holiday you need to plan how to protect your home against intruders! Pre-planning and considering security measures will allow you to relax in the knowledge that your home will be as you left it on your return. As an emergency burglary repairs locksmith this is at the forefront of my mind when I go on holiday.
How To Protect Your Home From Intruders
Our Ultimate Burglary Prevention Guide covers everything that you need to know about protection against home invasion.
Here we share our top 3 tips for holiday home security. Whether you want to know if you should leave curtains open or closed when on holiday or how to improve your front door security we can help. Follow our holidaymakers home security guide for peace of mind.
3 Steps to Stopping Burglars Targeting your Home When You Are On Holiday
1) Ensure Your Security is Up to Scratch
Physical security is the number 1 most important security consideration when leaving your home empty to go on holiday! Arrange a free security survey with a reliable locksmith to confirm if you have effective security basics in place.
Do you have these basic security measures in place?
- A fiver lever insurance approved deadlock for doors
- Key operated locks for windows
Of course, it is vital to actually use these locks when you go on holiday. Incredibly it is a common mistake for people to forget to actually lock their locks!
An experienced locksmith can also provide you with advice on ways to improve your security. There are a number of ways to upgrade door security such as;
It is well worth investing in the best security to both deter intruders and physically prevent forced entry to your home when you consider what is at stake.
2) Give The Appearance That Your Home is Occupied
Hiding the fact that your home is empty will deter intruders from targeting your home. There are a number of ways to make it look like you are home when on holiday.
- Have a light and radio on a timer
- Leave blinds or curtains open or ask a neighbour to open and close them if possible.
- Hide and secure valuables – keep high-value items in a safe if possible.
- Don’t cancel the post, this could be a giveaway to someone watching for changes.
- Don’t let deliveries of milk, newspapers etc mount up on the doorstep.
- Be discreet when packing your suitcases into the car.
- Don’t broadcast your movements out loud or on social media.
3) Ask a Neighbour to Keep an Eye On Your Home
It is a good idea to share your holiday dates with a trusted neighbour and leave a phone number with them. They can look out for any issues and contact you if there are any problems.
Leaving a key with a neighbour can be helpful. Never leave a key under the mat! This is a common security mistake. Read about the most common security mistakes here.
Security Services and Advice
The crime prevention website has quite a useful detailed holiday security checklist you may want to use. For more ways to protect your property read our post on clever ways to stop burglars targeting your home.
IKS Locksmiths are MLA Approved North London Locksmiths experienced in both residential and commercial security. Contact us for advice on ways to secure your home when you are on holiday. We would be happy to survey your property and give recommendations for your individual circumstances.
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