Holiday Security Checklist


If you are going on holiday this summer, please make ensure you take the relevant precautions to make sure your home is safe and secure from burglars. Burglars target houses that look empty, so here is some advice on how to ensure your home is kept safe and secure so you don’t come home to a nasty shock:

  • Make sure your premises are secured every time you leave, even if only for a short time
  • Make sure your alarm, if you have one, is set
  • Put lights on a timer switch to make your house look occupied. You can also get timer switches for the radio and/or TV
  • Ask a neighbour to push post through your letterbox and take in any deliveries for you
  • Cancel milk, newspapers and any other deliveries
  • Ask a neighbour to park their car on your drive so that passers-by assume someone is home
  • If you have a close friend or relative nearby with a key, ask them to draw your curtains in the evening and back in the morning. Don’t leave curtains drawn during the day.
  • If you have a lawn, mow it before you go away
  • Don’t display your home address on the outside of your luggage
  • Don’t publish your absence on the internet. Status updates, comments and photos on social media can all give away the fact that you are out of your home for an extended period.
  • Ensure any outdoor tools such as ladders are securely stored away as these could be used to force entry into your home.
  • Don’t leave a message on your answer phone saying that you are away

Details courtesy of National Neighbourhood Watch

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