By now you have probably made your plans for the holiday break, hauled out the tent to give it the once over and decided that this year you’ll splash out on a new camp cooker! But, before you head off, it pays to take a few precautions to protect your home and possessions. It could save you a lot of heartache on your return…
- Maintain a ‘lived in’ appearance. Leave curtains and blinds as you normally do
- Have mail redirected or held at the Post Shop and have a neighbour clear advertising material from your mailbox.
- Create an awareness amongst neighbours of your intended absence and request they be alert to suspicious people or vehicles.
- Lock away garden tools, ladders, etc which could be used to gain entry to your home
- A timer is a cheap and easy way to turn on / off selected lights
- External security lights are a great investment. Check the bulbs of existing lights before you leave.
- Do not leave notes about your absence
- Ask neighbours not to inform callers of your absence
- Consider asking your bank about safe deposit boxes for your most valuable and irreplaceable possessions such as jewellery
- Lock all doors and windows, and remember to include outbuildings and garage access doors
- Record serial numbers of appliances and place inventory in a secure location, or take it with you. Photographs of expensive items and serial numbers is a quick and simple way to take a details inventory.
- If you are away for more than five days, and you don’t want to return to dead plants on your return, arrange for a friend or neighbour to water your plants
- Don’t forget your pets! Book them into a kennel or cattery, or have someone reliable pop in to take care of them daily.
With some of these simple steps in place, you can enjoy a holiday without worrying about what’s happening at home.
Have a safe and happy holidays