With the school holidays just around the corner, everyone’s ready to get away and get some much needed R&R. In all the rush and excitement, it can be easy to forget about keeping your house safe while you’re away. It’s more than just a case of remembering to lock the doors and shut the windows. There are several precautions you can take to protect your possessions.
Don’t leave the house looking unoccupied
It may seem appropriate to close all the curtains so that people can’t take a peek at your possessions. However, it’s far more likely that this will alert potential burglars to your home’s vacancy. It’s worth considering leaving the curtains open as to not draw attention to your absence.
If you’re going to be gone for several weeks, you can also ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your home by collecting any parcels and watering your plants for you. Nothing indicates an empty house more than a wilting garden or mail piling up on your doorstep.
Avoid social media
In today’s society, many modern burglars scour social media looking for people in their area shouting about their holiday online. While your holiday snaps may make for a great Instagram story and trust me, they do! They could also alert people to the fact that your home is unoccupied.
Upgrade your front door
If a burglar does target your home, it’s important to have a front door that can withstand strong force. Durable composite doors are the best front door to have in terms of security. They have insulating cores that make them incredibly strong. They’re also equipped with all the latest high-tech security hardware.
Replace your old windows
Old window frames can also be a vulnerable entrance point. Single-glazed windows are at particularly high risk of being smashed. For the strongest possible solution, high grade aluminium windows with modern double glazing are sure to protect your home from intruders.
Check your household insurance
Before going away on holiday, be sure to double check that your home insurance is still in date and will cover the time that you’re away. There may also be exclusions in your policy to check, to make sure your cover isn’t void if:
- You’re away for more than a certain number of days
- You permit a house-sitter access
- The insurer isn’t notified of your absence
Obviously, we all hope we never have to activate our insurance policy, but it’s best to be covered before the worst happens.
Remember to enjoy your summer holidays and keep your home safe
Wherever you’re jetting away to this summer, be sure to give some thought to your home’s security. There are several preventative measures you can take and home improvements you can invest in that will perform for decades to come.