You've worked all year for your hard earned holiday and no doubt you're in a rush to jet off to the sunshine. But an empty house makes a burglar's job a lot easier and can ruin your time away in minutes.
Please make sure it's a holiday to remember for all the right reasons by helping reduce the risk of your home being broken while you're away by following some simple home security tips...
Don't announce your plans on social media
- Make sure that your security settings on your social media accounts are 'locked down' and only accept friend or follower requests from people that you know
- Don't 'check in' at airports, hotels or anywhere which will broadcast your holiday location
- If you're eager to share your holiday photographs, wait until you are back home to do so
- When you are taking photographs, be careful of the location settings - you could be inadvertently letting everyone know that you're away
Get your house in order
- Cut the lawns before you go. Overgrown lawns are a sure giveaway that your house is vacant and has been for some time
- Cancel deliveries of milk and newspapers
- Try and make your house look occupied. If you have closed curtains during the daytime, it will look like no-one is at home. It is worthwhile installing automatic timer switches to switch lights, and a radio on and off
- Don't leave valuable items like televisions or computers in view in front of windows
- Lock the garage and shed with proper security locks, after putting all your tools safely away so they cannot be used to break into your house
- Lock all outside doors and windows. If you have a burglar alarm, make sure it is set
- Don't have your home address showing on your luggage for the outward journey. Only put this on the inside of your cases
Get a little help from your neighbour
- If possible get a trusted friend or neighbour to look after your home while you are away.
- Ask a neighbour to park their car in your driveway
- Ask them to collect your post, draw your curtains at night and open them in the mornings and generally make the place look lived in. Be prepared to do the same for them
And just before you actually set off it's worth allowing a quiet couple of minutes on the doorstep to check you've done all you had to do and taken everything you need with you.