The statistics show that an empty home equals increased risk of burglary. To reduce the risk of your home becoming a target for burglars while on vacation, it is therefore a good idea to create the impression that your home is not empty and at the same time, maximise home security.
Here are the top 5 tips on how to secure your home while on vacation:
Test your home security system. Needless to say, even the most expensive and the most sophisticated security system is of no use if it’s not working. To make sure that the alarms will go off in the event of forced-entry, be sure to test your home security system. If having any doubts or if you are having any issues with it, don’t hesitate to call the professionals.
Check all your locks and latches. Many homeowners travel away without making sure that their door locks and window latches are functioning. A locksmith in Wakefield explains that homeowners are often completely unaware that anything is wrong, mistakenly thinking that their locks and latches are fine if they can lock the door and close the windows. So it may be a good idea to call the professionals to do a full audit of your locks and latches before you leave.
Don’t let everyone know that you are going away. The Met Police advises to resist the temptation to let everyone – including potential burglars – know that you are travelling away by announcing your absence on the social media. If you want to share your next vacation destination and the time you will be away with your friends, be sure to share it only with your friends and ensure that your social media posts are not public.
Set the lights and radio on a timer. By doing so, you will make your home appear occupied and as a result, reduce the risk of burglary while on vacation. Remember, burglars almost always avoid properties that are occupied or even potentially occupied.
Don’t forget to cancel deliveries and mail. This may seem obvious but you would be surprised how many homeowners forget to cancel deliveries (e.g. milk) and mail before going on vacation. If you by any chance forget too, be sure to call your neighbour immediately and ask them to collect your mail while you’re away because a full mailbox won’t go unnoticed by potential burglars.