MANY people wait until it's too late to take holiday time home security seriously but some forward thinking can give a great peace of mind.
Locksmiths' Supply Company recommends these tips:
- Leave your contact number with a trustworthy neighbour who is not going away and tell them when you are leaving and when you'll be back. Ask them to keep an eye on your home and empty the junk mail.
- Cancel your paper delivery and redirect mail to a friend or relative or get the post office to hold it
- Secure all external doors with deadlocks. Make sure that all windows have window locks.
- Install sensors on all external lights
- Have your valuables engraved with your driver's licence number or a police identification number.
- Secure jewellery and sentimental items in a fire-proof safe
- Make sure gardening tools and ladders are locked away. If you don't have a shed, secure them with a weather resistant steel padlock
- Turn your phone down. An unanswered call that keeps ringing and ringing can alert people to an empty house.
- Do not leave a spare key under the mat or in a 'secret' place. Professional burglars know all the hiding places.
- So that neighbours have a clear view of your house cut back any bushes or shrubs.
- Install gate locks on all fence gates. Installing a lock on a driveway gate can prevent burglars using a car to conceal their activity
- Invest in a monitored alarm system. Ensure that the service knows that you are on holiday.
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