How do you prepare when you go on holiday? These home safety precautions are a must.
It’s that time of year when frosty mornings are the norm, and the sun dares not show its face for more than an hour at a time.
The colder months are going to set in soon. Some people will be more than happy to shut up shop and fly off to a warmer climate. It’s a big task to pack and leave on time for the airport, but it’s going to be an inevitable risk leaving your home for a long time.
It’s a cruel world out there despite modern times, making it more difficult for burglars to get inside your home. Taking the right home safety precautions could save you a lot of money and give you peace of mind before heading off on your holiday. I know that a new sofa seems a nicer purchase than a new alarm, but protection needs to come first.
It’s not rocket science. But you’d be surprised at how lackadaisical so many people are about the safety and security of their homes. We spoke with Property Guardians which specialise in empty property services, keeping property owners’ unused spaces secure via live-in occupants, to understand the easy steps you can take to secure your home.
Two pairs of eyes are better than one. What if you have many pairs of eyes watching your home for you?
If you have a neighbourhood watch scheme active on your street, you should inform them that you will be away from your home. Meeting with the council or representatives is quite easy. Usually, you’ll have signposts dotted around your street and the local area, where you can call in.
Ask to arrange a meeting that will be short and sweet, or simply talk to them on the phone. More often than not, the head of this lookout scheme will be headed by a local. Other times it will be part of the council. However, both will be working closely with the police force. If you inform them how long you’ll be gone for, neighbours could occasionally pop over and take a look around to make sure your home is safe.
We’ve given a spare set of keys as well as the alarm code to our neighbours just in case. This is more likely to be used if the alarm is going off when we’re not there, or to pop in and check the post. We wouldn’t expect them to use the keys that often. Though it is also handy when you get locked out!
Locking them out
Thieves and other types of criminals are improving how they operate all the time.
Smashing in the window to gain access to a home is quite a cliche nowadays actually. With sophisticated tactics, criminals can pick locks and enter your home just be opening the door. Mass produced homes do stick to national requirements, but these are so that homes can be built quicker.
To avoid this potential hazard pick out one of the many cylinder locks to protect you. The advanced mechanism is not only strong, but you get custom keys made for each lock. There’s no way anyone can simply rinse and repeat what they may have done to other homes to this type of lock. The lock has also been tested to UK 3-star standards which protect against a forced entry as well.
Make sure you’ve got an alarm set so if people DO get in, the alarm will scare them, and also wake your neighbours up to alert them.
You need piece of mind when you’re on holiday that your home is safe and your belongings are secure. Take the right kind of home safety precautions that take advantage of modern engineering and the power of loyal, friendly neighbours who want to keep an eye out for you.