Looking forward to a nice break over the Christmas/New Years holiday period? Here’s some home security precautions you can implement to ensure you can switch off and enjoy your time away!
- Check that all doors and windows latch & lock properly ahead of time. Also check over security screens and complete any necessary maintenance.
- Does your home have an alarm system? Ensure that it’s working correctly and monitors are free of any dust/cobwebs. If your home doesn’t have an alarm system, it could be worth asking for a quote. In a medium sized home, with a system that’s “alarm only” (not back to base), installation and set-up is usually around $1,000.
- Don’t leave anything valuable in sight of windows & doors. Don’t give intruders an incentive to get inside.
- Take the time as you’re leaving to double check all windows and doors are closed and locked properly. It can be a mad rush to get out the door and on the road, but insurance policies don’t cover negligence, and intruders are often just opportunistic, so don’t give them easy access!
- Make it look like someone is home. Eg. putting sprinklers on timers; having lights and your TV or a radio on a timer to turn on and off throughout the day/night.
- The more visible your house is from the street, the less likely someone will break in. Trim/lower any big hedges or trees that give intruders “cover” to break in without your neighbours/passers-by seeing.
- Keep any break-in tools locked away. Ie. lock away shovels, rakes, ladders, etc. in your garden shed or garage.
- Have exterior lights that turn-on with a motion sensor.
- Check your Home & Contents Insurance is up to date! Obviously it’s a worst case scenario to have to claim on a break-in, but proper insurance will give you peace of mind. Further to that, if you’re leaving expensive items at home, take photos of them. I can tell you, sadly from experience, that this will greatly assist in proving to your insurance company that you owned items (especially gifts that you never would have had receipts for or items purchased years ago with receipts long thrown out).
- If you have the option, ask a friend or family member to do a regular check of your property, collect any mail and double check everything is secure.
- Are you a bit of a social media over-sharer? Making your absence evident on social media can make you an easy target. Ensure your privacy settings are set to friends only, or even better, wait until you get home to brag about your awesome summer holiday on your socials.