As Christmas is fast approaching and international travel has become more accessible, many people are planning to go away. However, leaving your property empty while on holiday can be a very worrying experience, especially if you are unsure how to secure your home or are concerned about burglaries.
To put your mind at rest, here are some home security tips that you can implement to protect your home when you are away or traveling.
Install an intruder alarm or CCTV
When you are leaving your home vacant, having an intruder alarm or CCTV installed is a sensible precaution to take. Burglaries are more likely to occur when these measures are not taken as their visible presence alone is usually enough to deter a break-in.
This is a great option if you do not have friends or family in the local area to check in on your home when you are away, or if you live in a rural part of Hertfordshire which does not have a strong community presence.
Protect your valuables
Before you leave for your trip, it is also vital that you do not leave any valuables in sight from outside your home. Even if you have installed an alarm system or CCTV, the temptation for thieves may be too great if they spot valuables. Remind yourself to check your house before you leave, especially if you have young children or teenagers prone to leaving things out on display!
Don’t forget to also check that all of your outside sheds and any expensive gardening equipment are stored away securely. Homes in the St Albans area have been vulnerable to this crime in the past so it is important not to be caught out and protect your home as best you can.
Keep in contact with friends and family
Another way to give yourself some reassurance when leaving your house empty while on holiday is to contact close family and friends and ask them to check in every now and then. This is a particularly useful precaution if you are going to be away for a long period of time.
Sometimes homeowners are reluctant to ask friends and family to check in on their home while they are away in case it is a burden or seems like an unnecessary precaution, however, it is much better to be safe than sorry! Close relatives and friends will understand if you are concerned about your home security (particularly after lockdown when leaving your home vacant may feel unnatural at first).
That being said, while it is a good idea to let your close family and friends know about your upcoming vacation, it would be wise to remain somewhat discreet on social media. If Facebook users are in the know about you being away from home, you may be more vulnerable to a burglary.
Protect your home
Lastly, make sure your home is secure!
Before leaving, check you have locked:
- Any gates or side entrances
It sounds obvious, but completing a thorough check before you leave can do no harm and your home will be less vulnerable to thieves.
Discover more of our top tips to keep your home secure or contact us directly for any domestic locksmith queries. Get in touch with our friendly team today by calling us on 07976 359 552 or dropping us an email. We’d be more than happy to help!