If you are lucky enough to be going on holiday in the near future, then maintaining the security of your home whilst you are away is a very important part of the holiday itself.
Worrying about your home is the last thing you need, so the following 5 tips (that are all free to implement), will give you peace of mind that your home is as secure as possible whilst on holiday.
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Ways To Keep Your Home Safe While On Holiday
Here’s 5 free ways to keep your home safe while on holiday.
1. Don’t Announce It On Social Media
This is so hard for many people.
Social media has become a way of life for some, and some people will openly share every part of their life online – including their holiday plans.
According to Country Life, an astonishing 1 in 12 British homeowners were burgled after updating their social media with dates and holiday locations.
And 81% will tell others of their holiday plans via social media.
If you absolutely have to do this, make sure all your privacy settings are set so only friends can see your posts.
But even then, an innocuous comment from your friends in front of the wrong people can easily lead to information being passed to criminals that your house is sat empty.
Our best advice: Don’t tell the world about your holiday until you are back in the UK.
2. Cancel The Milkman
When I was 11 years old, I went on a family holiday to Menorca in Spain.
My parents forgot to cancel the milkman.
Our house was burgled and ransacked when we returned.
Things like milk on your doorstep sat there for days on end is a big sign that nobody is home.
As is piles of post or newspapers left at your door or in your porch. If you are going away for a long period, consider using Royal Mail’s KeepSafe Scheme which will pause all Royal Mail delievries to your address until a specified date.
It does have a charge attached to it, but it’s a small price to pay.
Our best advice: Cancel anything you don’t need before you go on holiday.
3. Use Trusted People
Close friends and family will almost always help you out when you are away on holiday – all you need to do is ask them.
Some may need a little sweetner thrown in, like the promise of a bottle of wine or box of chocolates, but generally your most trusted friends or family will agree to check your property periodically.
It’s no good simply walking in and out of the property though – your trusted person should be encouraged to do the following:
- Change the appearance of the front of the house slightly – every time they visit. The easiest thing to do is to change the positions of any blinds or curtains slightly, giving the impression someone is at home.
- Switch on a light, maybe in the hallway or landing, and leave it on until thy next visit. This again gives the impression someone is home.
- Move any post that may have built up.
Our best advice: Use trusted people – freinds, family, neighbours to keep an eye on your house whilst you are away.
4. Let Your Neighbour Park Their Car On Your Drive
Another big giveaway that nobody is home is an empty driveway, or a car that has been parked in the same position for a period of time.
If you are taking your vehicle, consider letting your neighbour use your drive.
For anyone watching or for anyone scouting out homes to break into, the presence of a car indicates that someone is home, but can also indicate you’re on holiday if it’s in one position. Consider using a steering lock, and using a signal blocker box to prevent key relay theft.
5. Check Your Insurance Policy
This is a nice reminder to check your home insurance right now, making sure that it’s in date and covers you appropriately.
There will be thousands of people out there right now truly believing they are fully covered – yet, some mistake has been made somehere that means the insurance didn’t renew or some other problem invalidates it.
Check over your insurance documents and make sure it meets your needs. If the worst comes to the worst whilst away on holiday, then at least you’ve got the peace of mind that your valuables are covered in a monetary sense.
We Said 5. But Here’s 2 More….
Here’s two more ways to keep your home safe while on holiday
They’re not free – but well worth the investment in the long run.
6. Use Smart Plugs Or Smart Bulbs
One of the most effective ways to keep your home safe while on holiday is by using automation – namely, using smart plugs or smart bulbs
Smart plugs or bulbs around your home mean that you can pre-program electrical items or lighting to turn on and off and set times.
Not only will you appreciate such automation at other times of the year (think having lights come on automatically for when you get home after work, at night etc), you’ll also appreciate the peace of mind it brings when you are away on holiday.
A light coming on at 7pm and going off at 11pm every day is just as bad as having no lights at all.
Of course for these to work, you’ll need something like an Amazon Alexa Device or Hive Device to link them together.
7. Buy A Safe
A safe comes with huge benefits for the security of your home and the security of your most valued possessions.
Home safes are now affordable and easy to install yourself.
There’s really no excuse not to have a home safe in 2021.
Our guide here on the 5 of the best homes safes will give you a good starting point on which safe to buy.
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Here’s some more articles on improving home security – not for just when you’re away on holiday.
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