Ah—the holidays! Time to get away for a bit. Relax. Unwind. Catch up with friends and family.
But, will your home be safe and secure while you’re away? The last thing you want putting a damper on your holiday is finding out you’ve been burgled or vandalised.
That’s why we’ve asked security experts Be Alarmed to provide a list of security tips to help keep your home and property safe this Christmas. After all, security is very much an insurance of types mitigating a risk and protecting assets. Have a read, take some action if needed, and enjoy your holiday
Ask your neighbour or friend to put your bins out and bring them back in.
Arm your alarm Again, obvious but you’d be amazed how many people forget in their rush to get out the door! If it’s not on, your alarm won’t help much
Make your security visible. Place security cameras in plain sight, make sure your alarm is easily visible. Put up security signage, inform intruders that you have a security monitoring system in place. Warn them off!
water your pot plants. This won’t just keep them healthy for your return but will stop them appearing wilted and indicating an absent owner.
Leave curtains and blinds open – nothing reveals that a house is unoccupied so much as curtains drawn during the day.
Bring in washing from the line, and from drying racks that can be seen through windows.
Mow the lawn before you leave so that it doesn’t look like a meadow by the time you get back.
If you want to go the extra step you can Install a light on a timer switch that comes on at different times in the evening. You can also get photosensitive bulbs that switch on when a certain level of darkness is reached. If you are using a light on a timer, don’t use it with a table lamp that can be viewed through a window – a dead giveaway.
Don't tell everyone you're on holiday tell your immediate friends and family that you are going away but be careful telling the world on social media like Facebook or twitter as you don’t know who can read those comments. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to show off your tan or tell your fisherman’s tales when you get back.