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Your home security checklist: 4 things to do before you go on holiday

Is there anything more exciting than the anticipation of going on holiday? Whether you’ve booked your break at the very last minute or you’ve been building up to this for months, the planning side of things is almost as exciting as getting onto the plane itself!

At this stage, there’s very little that could stop you from having a good time – if your holiday has been cancelled, click here to find out more – when you’ve worked hard all year long, you deserve some time to relax in the sun, spend time with your family and leave your regular 9-5 behind for a couple of weeks.

But in our anticipation to leave and head off on holiday as quickly as possible, we could be neglecting the important safety responsibilities we need to complete at home. After all, no one wants to come home after 2 weeks in the sun only to find that their home has been ransacked.

Unsure of where to begin? Read on for 4 things to do before you go on holiday.

Check your doors and windows

Jiggling the handle to make sure it’s locked before you head to the airport, isn’t good enough I’m afraid. In the days before you head abroad, spend a little time checking all your doors and windows for any damages or potential weaknesses that an intruder could use their advantage. Ensure that all your locks work correctly, and if you have any damaged window or door frames, consider getting them replaced before you head abroad. Speak with a locksmith about installing a kick plate or a deadbolt on your doors.

Hide your valuables

Games consoles, laptops, cameras and your new bike. If you’re going to be away for a while, then it’s a good idea to keep all your valuables hidden and out of view. If an opportunist spots a brand new tablet sitting on the couch whilst they walk by your front window, that could be all it takes for them to try their luck. Hide items upstairs, in drawers or cupboards or better yet, tucked securely away in a safe.

Let your neighbours know

If you’re on good terms with your neighbour, then let them know that you’re going away for a while. Ask them if they’ll keep an eye on your property and take note of any suspicious activity. Let them know who to expect around your property, such as a window cleaner or a family member checking things and give them the number of a relative to contact if they’re concerned about anything (the last thing you want is to be disturbed on your holiday).

Make the house look occupied

Again, if you often speak with your neighbours, invite them to park their car on your drive so it looks as though someone is home. Add timers to your lights or radio to keep the house well lit and sounding busy. Give a trusted friend or family member a key so they can come and go and shuffle things around a little. If your house is being watched, then a potential intruder won’t know when to expect someone to come home!

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