When you’re going on holiday, the last thing you want to think about is expecting the worst. However, many criminals like to take advantage of homes and apartments that are empty for the weekend. In order to ensure you have a well-rested holiday, you’ll first want to consider securing your home with these tips from All Masons Locksmiths.
Safety Tips for the Weekend Holiday
Keeping your home safe for your short holiday trip may require a little more than leaving the lights on. In today’s tech-savvy world, criminals are more creative than ever. If you’re looking for the most effective ways to keep your home secure while you’re enjoying your holiday, read on.
1. Make Your Home Look Lived-In
You want to give any unsavoury character’s every confidence that someone is still at home. The best way to do this is to set your home up so it looks like you never left. Put your television, radios, and lights on timers so they will turn on at different times during the day and night. Similarly, be sure to have your grass cut before leaving, ask a neighbour to park their vehicles in your driveway, leave curtains and blinds open enough as if someone is inside, and make arrangements for your mail to be collected.
2. Lock Everything
Of course, you will lock your front doors, but make sure all windows and pet doors are locked as well. You may need to disconnect any electronic openers you have on your doors as well to prevent them from being hacked into.
3. Be Aware of Your Social Media
Posting on social media is a great way to reveal to would-be thieves that you aren’t at home. If your security settings are set to public, anyone and everyone can see that you are miles away from your empty home.
4. Take Up the Spare Key
Ideally, you won’t have a spare key, but if you do, now is time to move it. Whether it’s under that potted plant or inside your mailbox, you’ll want to make sure it comes with you or stays with a trusted friend or family member.
5. Keep Everything Unplugged
Anything that you aren’t using as a timed distraction should be unplugged. That means phone chargers, lamps, computers, and the like should be plugged out before you leave.
Don’t let the thought of a break-in ruin your bank holiday. Follow these five tips to make sure your home is secure. With the right preparation and attention to detail, you’ll be able to have a good time away, knowing your home is perfectly safe. For extra reassurance when you go away on holiday, we offer a full home security survey, one of our professional 24/7 locksmiths can review your locks and survillence and make recommendendations on how you can make your home secure – contact us today on 01858 680 746 to find out more.