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9 Home Security Tips While You’re Away on Holiday

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Have your adventure and keep the home safe, too!

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Enjoy fields of green without having to worry about the security of your home.

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Tickets: check. Luggage: check. Passport: check. Time to lock the doors and get on the road to the airport to get out of Sydney – but is your house going to be secure while you’re gone?

So, you’ve planned a holiday and you’ve spent most afternoons daydreaming about endless days whiled away at the beach/on the slopes/trekking through the forest – that’s fine. You’ve got to start thinking about other things as well, such as how you’re going to secure your home from theft and damage while you’re away. There’s got to be little else worse than coming home after a relaxing trip to discover that the front door’s been kicked in and your worldly possessions are gone.

Here are a few tips to get your home as secure as it can possibly be in your absence:

  • Lock it up: Bit of a no-brainer really – but double check and make sure that all entry points are actually closed and the locks are fastened. If possible, lock everything up the night before your departure, especially if you happen to be leaving early in the morning. This will make it easier for the last-minute dash out and ensure your home is not left unsecured or vulnerable.
  • The lights are on but nobody’s home: Purchase some timer switches and put them on lamps in rooms that are not so easily observed from the outside through curtains – this will give off the appearance that someone is home during the night. Set them to turn on just after sunset and to turn off at “bedtime”. You may also consider setting a timer on the radio or television for the same time.
  • Sensor it:  Setting your exterior lights to be activated by motion sensors will deter thieves from entering the property as they will be in the spotlight, and neighbours or passers-by will be able to spot them much more easily.
  • Pay up front: Especially if you’re going to be away for an extended period of time, it’s a good idea to pay your bills in advance – namely the power bill! This will ensure that your alarm system and all other electricity-reliant preventative security measures will be powered during your duration away from home.
  • The Friend Code: What are friends good for if they won’t check up on your house for you while you’re away? Ask a close friend to go to the house on a regular basis to make sure everything is okay and to empty the mailbox – nothing says “empty house” more than a mailbox overflowing with letters and leaflets! It may be useful to ask them to occasionally park in your driveway to give off the impression of someone being there on a regular basis.
  • Make your mark: In the rare event that your property does end up stolen, you should ensure that it is easily identifiable in case thieves try to hock it off at the Cash Converters down the road. Keep a detailed inventory – this may involve photographing, marking or engraving your items. If you engrave or mark an item, do it with a traceable number (for example, your drivers’ license).

 

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