How to protect your home while on holiday

27 July 2022

Remember to lock up before you set off on holiday, as new research reveals some shocking home security habits ahead of holidays.

According to a new study from a leading Insurance company, only 61% of travellers check all doors and windows are locked before they go away, while only 43% make sure sheds and garages are secured.

Fewer than half ensure valuables aren’t visible through windows, and just a fifth put away garden furniture.

Even more surprising is that one in 10 put a key under a doormat or plant pot, to allow neighbours to check on their properties while away.

When it comes to using social media before and during their holidays, 5% share their holiday plans on social media before going and 6% share holiday snaps or plans while away.

Please check the following recommendations to help protect your home while on holiday:

  • Don’t forget to lock up.
  • Don’t advertise your holiday on social media. Be mindful that countdown trackers and holiday snaps will let others know you’re not at home.
  • Leave a key with a trusted neighbour, friend or family member.
  • Make your home seem occupied while away. Use timers to switch on lamps and radios to give the impression of someone being at home.
  • Ask a neighbour to park on your driveway.
  • Consider investing in a burglar alarm and security lighting and perhaps CCTV.
  • Mow lawns and trim hedges before you go. An overgrown garden is a giveaway that residents may have gone away.
  • Lock ladders and tools away.
  • Keep your valuables out of sight. Don’t store valuables in the bedroom. Thieves know that’s where most people keep their precious items, so hide them in different spots around the home.
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