Securing your home all year round is very important, but with many of us jetting off on holiday for weeks at a time it is even more crucial to keep burglars at bay during the summer.
Returning home to find your property has been broken into will certainly heighten those holiday blues, so here are some of our tips to reduce the risk of break-ins:
- If possible, use automatic timer-switches to turn lights or a radio on throughout the day, which gives the appearance that the house is occupied.
- As tempting as it is to post on social media about your upcoming holiday, crafty burglars can use this information to plan entry to your home whilst you’re away. Save the holiday snaps to share on social media once you return home.
- Cancel any newspaper or milk subscriptions that will lie outside your front door whilst you are away – this is a clear indication to intruders that nobody is at home and they can use this to their advantage.
- Tell your neighbours that you’re going away, and ask them to keep an eye on your property. If you have close friends or family nearby, then leave a key with them and ask them to go in and check your home from time to time.
- Even if you’re not heading abroad on holiday, your home is still at risk of burglary. It may seem like an obvious tip, but it can be easy to forget to lock your doors whilst you’re out of the house – even if you’re just heading into the back garden for a few hours. Get into the routine of locking your doors whilst outside, in many homes it’s difficult to hear a door opening from out in the garden.
- Not all burglars sneak around in balaclavas, some can imitate people in trusted positions. For example some intruders will try to enter your home claiming they are from the likes of the gas board, police or an electricity company. Never answer the door to someone you are unsure of, and check the identity of the caller with the company they are claiming to be from.
- Consider installing motion sensor lighting near front and back doors which can alert you when someone is approaching. Not only does this provide better visibility, it can be enough to deter a potential burglar by showing you have security measures in place.
- Opening windows in summer is an easy way to get some cool air flowing throughout the house, but forgetting to close them puts you at bigger risk. Check all windows and doors before heading out.
- It’s a popular place to leave your keys under a rock or in a flower pot, but it’s also the first place a burglar will look for even easier access into your home. If possible, it is far safer to leave a spare set of keys with a trusted neighbour.
- If you live in a flat, make sure that the external communal entry is secure. If you have any doubts, contact your factor and get it repaired ASAP.