Whether escaping the cold weather by going abroad or simply visiting the family, plenty of people like to get away for Christmas. Whilst exciting, there are important considerations everyone should make if leaving their home empty over the festive period.
Direct Blinds note that 35% of Brits are expected to be away from home this Christmas, showing just how many homes may be left empty. This makes the period a prime target for burglars, and so security is of the utmost importance. Here are some of the main ways to keep your home safe and secure during the holidays.
It sounds simple, but not forgetting to set your alarm (if you have one) before you go away could well end up being enough to keep your home safe. There is nothing more off putting to a burglar than the unwanted attention of entire street who have been woken up by a blaring alarm. It also alerts the relevant authorities, so can be an effective deterrent.
If you do not have an alarm, it may well be worth investing in one, as there are now many options on the market for you to choose from. Having a functioning alarm can give you good peace of mind when on holiday, and
Consider Social Media Use
It may seem a little over the top, but sharing holiday snaps on social media could well put your home at risk. Nothing advertises an empty home better than its owners sharing pictures of themselves in a faraway land, especially if they also disclose their location.
If you want to be extra safe, then toning down social media use and considering what you post could go a long way in helping to minimise security risks while you are on holiday. Be sure to approach posting with caution, always considering how much information you want to give away about your location.
Ask Someone to Watch Over Your Home
One of the simplest ways to keep your home secure is to ask a trusted person, such as a neighbour, friend or family member, to keep a watchful eye over your home while you are away. This doesn’t necessarily mean they have to check every day, but a few times per week should do the job.
This may include giving the person you trust a set of keys so that they can enter the house and make sure everything is secure and as you left it.
One of the most useful anti burglary devices ever invented, lights-on timers allow your home to appear occupied at certain times of the day (as decided by you). You simply set the times you want your lights to turn on (usually in the evening or through the night) and then your home will be lit up like a Christmas tree, almost certainly deterring burglars.
Lights-on timers are also cost effective, and can ensure that you are comfortable that your home is well protected, especially if they are used in combination with the above methods.
So, keeping your home secure over the holidays should be a relatively simple task, but one which is of paramount importance if you do not want to risk being burgled. Keep basic security measures in mind, and you’ll be able to have full peace of mind during your holidays.