Secure Your Property whether you're Home Or Away
Heading away on holiday can be one of the best ways to unwind and forget about your troubles, but if you don't take steps to secure your home against opportunist thieves, those weeks away could be filled with stress and worry about whether your home is truly safe.
It's important to burglar-proof your home at all times of the year, but this can be especially vital if you're planning on going away during popular holiday seasons, such as the school summer holidays or over Christmas, as this is when many would-be criminals are most likely to be scouting for empty properties. For this reason, one of the best lines of defense against opportunist criminals is to create the illusion that your property is indeed occupied.
Leaving the lights on all the time you're away could run up large electricity bills, so it can be a good idea to enlist the help of a trusted friend or family member to visit your property at least several times per week instead, to create a more 'lived-in' appearance. If criminals are watching your property several nights in a row and see obvious changes taking place - even something as simple as the curtains being opened or closed - they are less likely to risk breaking in.
Set timers for lights and sounds so as to give an illusion that there are people in the home, you can set your TV and security lights on periodical timers so that they will turn on and off throughout the daytime. Also, request your neighbor to occasionally parking on your car park to ward off the eyeing criminal. This will scare way those who are planning to steal your properties.
Request your neighbors to watch out for the home. In the event that you do have year-round neighbors around your summer home, have them watch out for people going back and forth. You may even need to tell them when you will be coming home with the goal that they can caution the police on the off chance that they see people lurking around the home when you're not there.
You should also ask your confidante to collect your post for you, to avoid telltale signs of absence such as an envelope poking through the letterbox. Cancelling deliveries such as milk is also essential before you go away - not only in the interest of security but also for avoiding unnecessary expenditure.
Just as important as the actions you take before going away are actions you consciously refrain from - such as speaking about your travel plans in public. While you will obviously need to inform your employer and your close friends about your upcoming holidays, police and security experts advise against discussing your travel plans on social networks such as Facebook, as criminals have been known to monitor these websites for precisely this sort of information.
Even if your property does fall victim to criminals, as long as you take all possible steps to secure your house, you should still be covered by your home insurance policy if incidents take place while you're away from home. You should also make sure you arrange travel insurance to cover all aspects of your trip, from flight delays to lost luggage, to help you relax even more on your holiday.
If you're cognizant of your surroundings and you are therefore continually doing all that you'll be able to safeguard your household and home from danger, then you are going to be safe. Use common sense on the subject of leaving doors and windows open or leaving items visible that could be a lure to get a thief.