Home Security Tips For The Holiday Season
The holiday season is upon us, bringing with it thoughts of getaways, sunshine, and well-deserved relaxation. However, there is also increased burglaries during this time of year.
In the days before going away on holiday your mind is probably occupied with packing for your trip, getting to your destination, and of course, the weather forecast. But you should also consider what you can do to help keep your home secure while you’re away.
To help you safeguard your home and belongings, we've put together a list of top tips to prevent your residence from becoming a burglary statistic this holiday season.
Putting in place a few extra security measures while your house is empty will give you extra peace of mind and allow you to fully enjoy your long-awaited break.
Best Ways to Protect Your Home While You're Away
🔑 Don't leave your keys outside While this might seem like common sense, it's an easily overlooked detail before heading away. Avoid the temptation to hide spare keys in obvious places. Many burglars know keys are hidden outside and this is one of the first things they look for to get entry into a home.
💻 Conceal Valuables Electronics, tools and 'easy to grab' valuables are the most commonly stolen items, by leaving these out of plain sight that can be seen through the window or in your backyard, you can prevent a burglar attempting to break in.
🌳 Maintain Your Property An overgrown garden and an overflowing mailbox are telltale signs of a vacant home. When you're away try and get someone to take care of these aspects while you're away, this creates the illusion that the property is still occupied.
🚪 Secure Sliding Doors Sliding doors are a common entry point for burglars. Place an object in the sliding tracks to prevent unauthorised access.
🚙 Garage Security Whether you have an internal or standalone garage, ensure the door is securely locked. Depending on the type, consider disconnecting or blocking manual release cords. Additionally, keep garage remotes in a safe and secure location.
🔐 Lock Up Properly Simple yet crucial— again, locking doors and shutting windows can often be easily forgotten. Particularly if you're in the habit of leaving doors and windows open when you duck out for 5 minutes or if you're in a last minute rush to pack up and leave. Many burglaries occur without a forced entry, so triple-check all entry points before you head away.
Taking precautionary measures significantly reduces the risk of burglaries during the holiday season. Consider investing in safes, alarm systems, and advanced security technology for an additional layer of protection.