If you are going on a holiday or you leave your home unoccupied for long periods of time, your property can become an attractive target for burglars.
These criminals are always looking for an easy opportunity to break into an empty house, so you should put in place sensible steps to avoid this from happening to you. Below are some of the ways you can do this and ensure that your home is as safe and secure as possible while you’re away from your home.
Secure All of the Windows and Doors in Your Home
Burglars break into properties through unsecured entry points, so you need to be sure that your windows and doors are not an easy target for intruders. Putting alarms on all of the windows and doors in your home will alert you and others to any unusual occurrences and activities.
For additional peace of mind, you could consider affixing security gates and grilles to your windows or doors, which will further reduce the likelihood of break-ins. Operating throughout Hampshire since 1971, the security company Bridger Security say that burglar alarms and CCTV systems play a crucial role in crime deterrent and criminal apprehension, but security gates and shutters are a much more immediate barrier against crime.
Monitor Your Home Remotely
Thanks to the latest mobile, camera and cloud technologies, it’s become extremely easy to monitor your home remotely. A wide range of smartphone apps, motion detectors, and cameras allow you to view all of the events that take place in your home while you’re away. Everything can be recorded and you can take the appropriate action if you notice any unusual or suspicious activity in or around your home.
Ask Neighbours, Friends, and Family Members to Keep an Eye on Your Home
Ideally, you should ask people who live near your home to keep an eye on things. Asking next door neighbours, friends, or family members to regularly call into your home or to watch out for suspicious activities could prevent a break-in and you can return the favour at a later stage when these people need the same type of help.
Make it Look Like There’s Someone in Your Home
There are many different ways you can give the impression that you are at home, even when you’re on holiday or in a different location. A good example of this includes lighting systems that are activated through timers. Asking someone to regularly collect fliers, letters and other items that are delivered to your home is another effective way to do this because the build-up of these items in a doorway or letterbox is the first sign that nobody has been home for a while. Ask someone to collect these for you as often as possible.
Don’t Attract Attention to Your Home
If possible, keep all of your valuable items out of sight, or store them in a safe location. The fewer items people see around your home, the less enticing it will be for anyone to break into your property.
Failing to secure your home while you’re away can be an expensive mistake. However, if you consider each of the tips above, you will have much more peace of mind and avoid any unpleasant surprises when you return home.