Home safe and sound
When you are away on holiday you want to know that you have done everything to keep your home safe from burglars. Because it’s easy for a thief to tell who’s in and who isn’t, the most important thing you can do is to make your home look like someone’s in it.
Otherwise, put barriers in place to prevent entry: solid fences, locked doors and windows, and alarms all make your home less attractive to burglars. You can contact local trusted local tradespeople in Cambridge here for help with securing your home. And if the worst comes to the worst, check that your contents and buildings insurance policies are up to date and make sure you have enough cover.
14 useful tips to add to your security and peace of mind
1. Ask a trusted neighbour or friend to keep an eye on your home, but also to help it looked lived in, for example by collecting post and placing out your bins on the correct day. It has got to be worth a bottle of duty free to save you the worry while you are away.
2. Cancel home orders such as the milk, vegetable boxes and newspapers. Make sure you do this discreetly or over the phone or online, don’t tell the whole shop you’re going away.
3. Use Royal Mail’s Keepsafe scheme when you go away on holiday. It will keep letters and parcels for up to 100 days and deliver on your return. It starts at £14 for 10 days.
4. Do not to leave valuable items, such as your TV, stereo or computer, where thieves can see them. If necessary back up your PC and install trackers on other equipment.
5. Leave curtains open because leaving them closed during the day makes it look like there is no one at home.
6. Leave a light on in a room at the front of the house, one that’s visible from the road but don’t leave them on for the whole time you are away. Invest in automatic timers to switch lights and radios on and off.
7. Lock your garage and shed with proper security locks.
8. Do not leave bikes locked outside, instead leave them locked in a shed, garage or in your home.
9. Keep tools under lock and key so they can’t be used to break into your house.
10. If you have to leave a ladder outside, make sure its securely shackled to a permanent fixture with a heavy-duty chain and padlock.
11. If you have a drive, then ask a neighbour to park there occasionally – it will make it look as though people are coming and going.
12. Don’t rush out of the door. Spare a few minutes to walk around your home to double check everything is safe and secure. Worth every minute for peace of mind!
13. Do not indicate whether you are away or not when you change your status on social media and be careful when location tagging images on social media.
14. Finally, only share your holiday highlights when you return.
Dawn Giesler, is the founder of Scuseme Cambridge, a recommendation website that helps your family run smoothly. She has lived in Cambridge for over 20 years and offers advise based on her own experiences. For more information please visit: scuseme