Tips for keeping your home secure whilst on holiday

Posted: December 22, 2016

The festive season is in full swing and a lot of people will be travelling with their loved ones meaning that homes will be left vacant for a good few days or even weeks. Nothing more heart-breaking than returning to a ransacked home which is why we advise that you do your utmost best to secure your home before going on holiday.

Below are some of the quick measures to ensure your home is protected from criminals while you are away on holiday:

Keeping up appearances… Pretend, pretend.

Creating the illusion of presence is a good way to ensure that your home doesn’t fall victim to a break-in during your absence. Get your friends to play tag-team by popping by and switching on different lights or emptying your post box etc. to create the impression that someone is home.

If you don’t have the luxury of a ‘tag-team’, we suggest that you suspend your newspaper subscription, and set alarm clocks or radios to turn on at regular intervals as a distraction to opportunists.

Oh and before you shout it from the rooftops, remember that word spreads fast… so you may only want to share your holiday plans with those you trust.  

Ring the alarm!

There is nothing like the unexpected sound of an alarm to throw a criminal off his game and attract the attention of others. Do regular checks on your alarm system to make sure it’s fit for the job – but be sure to give your security company the heads up to avoid false alarms. And don’t forget to let them know you’ll be away so they can closely guard your house till you get back.

Lock up!

Before you head for the hills, be sure to give your home a thorough once-over and remove all valuables from plain sight. Reduce temptation – don’t leave your laptops, keys and mobile phones lying around as an open invite to burglars. In simple terms, if it’s of irreplaceable value then lock it up safely. 

Power down…

You’ve protected your home against criminal threats, but what about other potential hazards? Unplug your appliances and electrical equipment before you head off, but make sure you’re not (accidentally) disconnecting any alarm or backup systems. Who wouldn’t want to return to a lower electricity bill or rest easy knowing that the effects of unexpected power surges or unwelcome storm activity are limited?

Hire a house-sitter

Your house is like your baby, so why not get a sitter for it while you’re away? That way you can have actual human presence there to act as a significant deterrent to would-be criminals. This will also help you avoid having to deal with false alarms and unforeseen events like defrosted freezers as a result of unexpected power cuts. Don’t forget to kit your house-sitter out with all the necessary emergency contact numbers as well as brief them fully on how to manage the alarm, the trip switch and all locks and keys before you set off on your holiday.

To completely enjoy peace of mind this festive season, make sure you have put up impenetrable security measures in your home. Should you be concerned about additional risks that could tempt you to cut your holiday shorter than expected, you can opt to take out a home insurance cover as an emergency plan. Happy Festive Season!