As you look forward to your annual summer break, whether that’s relaxing on the beach abroad or a UK break closer to home, take some time to think about making your home safe and secure.
It’s all part of making your holiday as relaxing as possible so you can fully unwind this summer.
Check Your House Alarm
Firstly, if you have one, check that your house alarm is in working order. Apart from keeping your home safe from unwanted visitors whilst you are away, your insurance may not be valid if it’s not in functioning.
Timing is key
A house that looks lived in will be less of a target. Put automated timers on lights or radios to fake the impression that there is someone home, even when you are scuba diving in the tropics!
Ask your neighbours for a favour
This is the time when you will be glad that you invited the neighbours round at Christmas. Now you can cash in a favour. Ask them if they wouldn’t mind closing the curtains occasionally, putting out and bringing in the bins and collecting any post as well as keeping a general eye on the house whilst you are away.
Organise your pets
If you have pets you will understand that they are all important members of the family. You need to make arrangements for them as soon as you can – don’t leave it until the last minute! The good catteries and kennels can get booked up months in advance so make sure you secure a place if you need one.
Alternatively, think about asking a friend or relative to house and pet sit which is also great from a security point of view.
Get rid of any spare keys
That spare key that you hide underneath the flower pot… get rid of it! There is no point in risking the security of your house while you are away. Give the key to the neighbour or friend for safe keeping.