It’s cold. Maybe you fancy a week away - somewhere warmer. Or, maybe you’re a thrill seeker – someone to stand up to the chilly conditions – perhaps on a ski slope in the Alps? Either way, if you’re venturing afar over this winter season, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve left your home safe and secure. Here are some tips to give you peace of mind while you’re on your winter holidays…
Be wary of Social Media.
It may be tempting to show off that flash hot tub out the back of the lodge but posting your whereabouts on social media can let potential burglars know that your house is unoccupied. Last year, a study from home interiors firm Hillarys reported that “one in 12 Brits have reported a burglary after posting on social media, with more than half of these admitting they had location tagging turned on.” (Independent).
Check your locks.
We know it sounds obvious, but it’s important to double, or maybe even triple check that you’ve locked any potential point of entry to your house before you leave. Front door. Back door. Garage. Shed. Windows. If you can leave your house absolutely certain that you’ve battened down the hatches, you’ll feel much better for it.
Invest in a timed, programmable light switch to give the illusion that someone’s home at peak times. With the long winter evenings, it’s important that your house always looks occupied. For this same reason, having a car on the drive can act as a deterrent for potential thieves. Just remember to lock it…
Find a trusted pet-sitter/post-collector.
Having a trusted friend or relative visit your house on a regular basis will help put your mind at rest. Whether it’s just collecting your post or feeding your cat, keeping in touch with your trustee will reassure you that everything is as it should be.
Smart home security.
Similarly, if you have a smart home security system in place, grant your trustee access to your system. With Blink, you get a push notification whenever the cameras detect any motion, however, it’s pretty hard to check your phone halfway down a ski slope. If you have someone in close proximity to your house readily available, they can be the first port of call should anything need their attention.
Don’t take any chances when you leave your property unattended. Ensure that you take the necessary precautions in keeping your home safe and as you left it.