Holiday Check List – Secure your home before you leave is a great article from Locks Online about how you can keep your home safe, when youre not there!
Lights off? Check! Door locked? Check! The same checks as always when going away on holiday. But thinking about things, is your home really secure and locked away from burglars? Houses these days are too easy to break into. Infact, I found out how to pick a lock the other day from reading a 9 tip article online (Not that I am looking to break into somebodys house!) But its things like this that basically allow burglars to enter our home and help themselves to our valuable, irreplaceable items, when we are not there! If you think you have your home secured, think again!
Going on holiday is one of the most exciting things you can do, and stressful! Ensuring everybody has their passports and travel pillows, small things like locking the house can be put into the back of your mind! Below I have outlined a main check list to follow when leaving your home to go on holiday. If you are looking to get home security before you plan to go, check out some of the links I have posted throughout to see our high security options!
Cancel all deliveries.
If youre lucky enough to still have bottles of milk delivered, or a paper boy to fuel your daily news, ensure you talk to them and tell them you will be going away. This way you will not get any food/ paper or milk deliveries while you are on holiday. Why is this so important? Well, there will be nobody to pick up your milk for instance, meaning, you could have half a dozen or so bottles of milk just sitting on your doorstep. This is a big sign that you are on holiday, for any burglar!
Turn off your fridge
If you are going away for more than a week, it may be worth emptying the fridge of all food that will rot. The last thing you want is to come home and have to empty your fridge that is full of gone off food! Dont worry about turning it off as this may result in the freezer defrosting. Unless you have somebody checking on the house, then I would suggest just emptying it.
Get yourself a small safe
I would suggest getting yourself a small safe. You can get them small enough to hide so if you are unlucky enough to have a break in while you are on holiday, your irreplaceable items will be safe from any intruder. From cash and cards to Earrings and watches, a safe is a great way to keep valuables hidden and away from people. You can hide them under your bed, in a wardrobe and even in a wall! You can get them different sizes, shapes and colours. The choices are endless!
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Hide valuables out of sight
If you dont fancy getting a safe, ensure all valuables are hidden from the sight of windows. Keys need to be hidden away and anything that looks or is expensive needs to be placed away from view. This may be obvious for some but its very easy to forget to move things out of sight when youre packing up and leaving your home to go on holiday. Try and make a start moving things around 1 week before you leave. This will help you get into a routine ensuring when the time comes to lock up, you will have already moved valuables without thinking about it!
Lock your garage and shed
You may think, who would want to steal a lawn mower? You will be really surprised actually! Items such as tools and even your basic garden rake can be a gold mine for some! According to Avivas Article that you can find here: https://www.aviva.co.uk/home/home-advice/article/avivas-top-tips-beat-shed-burglar/ they claim that:
- 42% of thefts were for power tools, like electric drills, planers and saws
- 39% were for simple hand tools like spades, shovels, rakes and forks
- 19% were for electric and petrol lawnmowers, chainsaws and ladders
This is a study that was conducted in 2011.
Please make sure you have some sort of lock or bolt on your shed or garage door. This will give a potential burglar a sign that says your home is secured. Burglars tend to want to get in and get out as fast as possible. Having a form of locking system will only delay their attempt. This will also then give neighbors and passing people a chance to catch a burglar in action. The police must then be notified.
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Front door locking
It sounds silly to think that you may forget to lock the front door but believe it or not, it happens alot more than you think! The best option to get around this would be to get yourself an auto deadlocking night latch. Night latches work alongside a main door lock or as they are on their own. They can be place anywhere on the front door ensuring you can use one alongside say, a morticed lock. Most of the time, you see these towards the top of the door. Its really personal preference as to where you put them but out of reach of windows and letter boxes is the best option. An auto deadlocking night latch works by throwing a bolt into the keep when the door is closed shut tight. This will automatically lock the night latch. A night latch usually comes with a cylinder so this means you will have a key hole on the outside for you to open the door with. Prices range from a budget £20, to a higher price of around £100. At the end of the day, they all do the same job. It just depends on what you want!
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Locks your Windows
So chances are you have invested in a great front door lock to keep unauthorised people out. So what about the locks on your windows? You may secure your door with 40 bolts and 10 night latches but if you have 1 window with no locking mechanism on it, you may as well leave your front door wide open! It is important to lock your window before you leave, as more often or not, burglars are going to go for the window due to glass being weak. All if not most windows can be locked. You can use budget small bolts that you simply screw on to the handles, or higher security measures such as a window restrictor. These restrictors tent to hold a break in weight of 700kg. You would need to have some sort of machine to break through the restrictor!
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Turn all lights off
Make sure you leave your house more or less exactly how you would have it if you were there. Dont leave any lights on all day and night and most importantly, dont close the curtains. It may be comforting to know that if you close your curtains, nobody can look inside the house however, having your curtains closed will only encourage an attack from a burglar. Dont be tempted to leave a lamp on in a hallway or upstairs. If a burglar is watching your house, they will see that the lamp is on all day and night and will probably attack anyway as they find nobody is home. This is also a waste of money as a lamp can be costly if left on for long periods of times.
Set your alarm
If you havent already got a burglar alarm, now would be the time to get one. Ensuring this is done at least 3 weeks before you go away will again, get you into routine to use it. Burglar alarms range in price and function from budget and basic, to higher priced and top security. Depending on what area you live in, I would suggest you get an alarm that is suitable for your home and area. With many different outcomes, burglar alarms can detect motion in rooms and even send you a SMS text message. Some alarms can be activated and de activated from using your mobile phone and some can even be used with up to 5 users. Again, this is something that would be great if you had a family member to check n the house while you were away. They can disable the alarm without having to remember any numbers.
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And Finally, Enjoy yourself!
Once everything is locked up, alarms are set, fridge is empty and everyone is in the car, take a deep breath in and out and enjoy your holiday! Once you get in the car you need to forget about the house. Forget about the security of your house. Once everything is locked up, you need to forget about it as you will start to doubt yourself! If you are worried, contact a family member or neighbour to have a little look around the house. If you have followed these easy steps, there is a very big chance that your home will still be safe and sound when you arrive back from your holiday!
If you need any more tips on leaving your home secure while you are on holiday, or simply want to ask our team about advise on some of our home security products, give us a call today on 01646 698218 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org We would love to hear of any holidays you have planned!
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