We all deserve a holiday every now and again. And when you do find the time to take one, you don’t want to be stressing about what you’ve left behind the entire time – this includes your house.
Whether you are going away for a few days or a few weeks, there are a couple of things you can do to help keep your home safe while on holidays.
This will help ensure you peace of mind so you can enjoy your time off. Here are some helpful tips to take heed of.
Install a Security System
Home security systems have a very specific purpose: to deter criminals from breaking into or vandalising your home (and in some cases, help police catch them if they do).
There are lots of options to choose from, depending on what level of security you are look for, the size and layout of your property and your budget. These range from security lighting that scares criminals off by illuminating vulnerable areas, to alarms that sound when a sensor is triggered (these can be monitored by a security service that contact police when the alarm is tripped), to home video surveillance. If you can any queries about installing a security system, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Put Fresh Batteries In Your Smoke Alarms
Smoke alarms consume a minimal amount of power and can last years on a single set of batteries. But, as we’re sure you know, they do die, and you don’t want this happening when you’re on holiday. Change your batteries before you leave. It’s also a good idea to test the alarms before you leave to ensure they are working (all alarms have a test button).
Tell Your Neighbours You Are Leaving
In the event of a fire alarm or security alarm going off, your neighbours are your best bet for a quick response from authorities, so be sure to tell them when you are leaving and when you are getting back. If you are going away for a week or more, it is also a good idea to ask a neighbour to pick up your mail for you. Nothing scream “empty house!” like a pile of uncollected mail.
Leave a Light On
As effective as security lighting can be, it simply isn’t as convincing that somebody is home than if a light is on inside, so consider leaving some on in prominent areas that are visible from a street or access point. However, make sure these are far away from combustibles such as curtains. Front hallway or kitchen lights are good choices. You can also install timers on lights so that they switch on and off at specific intervals. For somebody observing a house, this may give the impression that somebody is home.
Take Your Spare Key With You
If you have a spare key outside your home, take it with you or place it inside (or in a hard to access location). If a criminal knows you are not home, they can take more time to explore the obvious spots and find your key, allowing them easy access.
Open Curtains (But Be Careful)
Closed curtains are a telltale sign that nobody is home, so be sure to leave some open to deter criminals. However, if you do, make sure that you take a moment to check that you can’t see any valuables (such as computers or TVs) from the street.
Comings and Goings
Ask a neighbour or close friend if they can come by and check on your home regularly. By doing so you can cover a few of the bases mentioned above (such as picking up mail). You can also ask them to do a quick clean up of your front porch or other areas that may have become messy while you’ve been away to further give the impression of a lived-in home. They can also give your house a quick once-over to make sure there isn’t anything glaring dangerous.
Switch Off Any Unused Powerpoints
Be sure to switch off power points that aren’t being used around your house (this should be most of them) to protect them from power surges. This will also save you money while you’re away as these still consume power even if they are not in use.
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