Keep Your Home Secure This Summer
If you're about to head off on your holidays, probably the last thing that you're thinking about is ensuring that your home is secure enough while you're away. Before you focus too much on the sunshine and cocktails, take some time to think about what steps you can take to make your property less attractive to burglars.
Research conducted by M&S Bank has found that 10% of people have been broken into in their current home, and those properties that are empty can become a prime target. If you want your home to be more secure this summer, here are six simple steps to take.
Is Your Home Insurance Up to Date?
Check your home insurance policy before you go, so if the worst was to happen you know you'd be adequately covered. Make sure that you don't have any single items that are over the maximum limit and that you're aware of any exclusions. If there is anything that you need to update or clarify, you should contact your insurance provider beforehand.
Let the Neighbours Know You're Away
If your next-door neighbours are aware that you're away, they will be more alert to any suspicious activity, and some might even be willing to keep a check on the property and come in to turn lights on or move the post.
Make Sure Everything Is Locked
Before you rush off on your holiday, do one final check to see that all the doors and windows are properly closed and locked. This includes any small windows in the bathroom or at the top of the stairs or doors that lead out onto glass balconies, as these can still be accessed.
Don't Close All the Curtains
You might be tempted to shut the curtains and blinds in every room, but leaving them open means it is not as obvious that you're away.
Have the Lights Coming On
When the lights are on in a property, anyone who is watching it will be uncertain if there's anyone in or not. Investing in some timers that can turn your lights on and off at different times of the day can be extremely beneficial.
Don't Forget the Garden
It's important to keep any garden furniture or valuables, such as bicycles, locked away in a garden shed or garage. Glass balconies should also be cleared of anything expensive, and don't leave out tools or ladders that could be used to gain entry to your property.