Going on Holiday? Consult Your Home Security Check List
About *60% of burglaries occur when there is nobody at home
Before you can relax on your holiday, you need the peace of mind of knowing your home is safe in your absence. From securing windows and doors to cancelling the milk, here are a few points to consider.
Lock all windows and doors
Do a last minute sweep of the house to make sure everything is locked and bolted. An obvious one, but remember, your insurer could fail to pay up if they decide you haven’t taken reasonable action to secure your property.
Statistics show 30% of all burglaries start with an insecure window as an entry point. If you haven’t already, you should fit window locks. Breaking a window is still an option, but that will cause a lot of noise. Decent window locks will deter thieves, and they are easy and inexpensive to install.
All main doors should be fitted with a minimum of two locks. Ideally, one these could be a mortice lock with five or more levers.
Also, check garages and sheds are secure and lock any tools away. You don’t want a burglar to use a hammer or ladder you’ve handily left lying around to break into your property. If there is nowhere for you to house your ladder, secure it to a permanent fixture with a padlock and chain.
Check all keys are present and correct
Once your windows and doors are locked, it’s important to make sure your keys are hidden from view. And, of course, they should also be out of reach - don’t lock your front or back door and then place the key within grasping distance through a cat flap or letterbox.
It makes sense to leave a spare set of keys with a relative, friend, trusted neighbour or cleaner. But make sure you keep track of who you have given keys to – you don’t want them to fall into the wrong hands.
And never leave a key under a plant pot in the garden. If you want to leave a key outside the house, use a key safe with a combination lock.
Install an access system
There’s a simple way to avoid the security risks that can be posed by lost keys or keys in circulation with lots of people – do away with key locks altogether.
Access systems provide you with flexible control over who can enter your property. Entry systems operated by codes or even by mobile phones will give you the option of choosing exactly who can enter your property. And if you use a timed system, you can also only allow them into your home at set times.
This is a useful system to operate if you have cleaners or pet-sitters who regularly need to enter your home while you are away. You can easily change the entry code when you return.
A few simple security tips
- Don’t make it obvious that your house is unoccupied. Before you go away, make sure you cancel any deliveries such as newspapers, milk or groceries.
- Invest in an automatic timer switch. These can be obtained cheaply from DIY stores and can be set so that one or two lights will come on in the evening.
- Ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your property and make sure post isn’t left hanging outside your letterbox.
- Finally, make sure valuable items are kept out of sight. You don’t want to give thieves an incentive to target your home.
Would you like expert advice on how to secure your home while you’re on holiday?
If you’d like to find out how the latest home security products can protect your property, contact Stuart at Rocks Locks. Stuart will conduct a FREE home security survey and provide advice on the best security solutions to meet your needs and budget. Call Stuart on 07900 335525.
*The Crime Prevention Website