Don’t make it obvious
When going away be sure to cancel any newspaper or other delivery subscriptions until your return. Arrange for your neighbour to park on the driveway of your home to create the impression someone is home.
Deterrence of would-be criminals is one of the most effective forms of crime prevention. Studies have shown lights are one of the best deterrents. Install motion sensor floodlights. Security-mark your valuables and consider using Immobilise window stickers warning casual thieves your property is marked, traceable and not worth the risk stealing!
Using a burglar alarm system has also proved a deterrent against break-ins. Naturally the alarm system has to be publicised using the appropriate stickers on the outside of your home.
Check your doors and windows
Government statistics show that 30% of burglaries happen through windows. Installing a few dead-bolts and new window hinges could increase the security of your home exponentially. Don’t leave keys or other valuables such as laptops within reach of windows.
Keep valuables out of sight
Keep your curtains, drapes and window blinds closed at night, making sure valuable items are out of sight. When going out for the evening use inexpensive light-switch timers to give the illusion of occupancy.
Festive or other outdoor lighting
With festive or any external lighting be secure. Don’t feed extension cables through partially open windows; criminals know to look for this vulnerability so have outdoor power outlets installed if you can.
Dispose of gift and other packaging carefully. Rubbish collections over the Christmas, New Year or Easter period are normally at different times. If you can, take packaging to a recycling point. If this is not possible make sure you only put your rubbish out just before the collection and don’t forget to conceal it.
Protect your Identity
It is good practice never to dispose of receipts and personal paperwork without first shredding them. Be careful though not to shred any important warranty details and make sure documents you keep are stored somewhere secure.
However, you might agree, the easiest solution to all the above problems and challenges is simply to call in the professionals, House and Home Sitters to take care of your home and pets while you’re away.