Tell your neighbours
If you have a good relationship with your neighbours, let them know you’re going away – they are close to hand and easily keep an eye on your property. Leave a contact number with them if they don’t already have it.
Use a timer
Plug your tv/radio and lamps into an electric timer. Appliances coming on at certain times of the day gives the impression that someone is home. Some smart light bulbs can connect to an app, again allowing you to control them while you’re not at home.
Keep tools locked away
If someone is checking out your empty property, don’t make it easy for them to get in. Keep tools and ladders locked away and out of sight.
Leave your car at home
If possible, leave your car in the driveway so it looks like someone is home. If you are a one-car family and are using it on holiday, ask a neighbour to use your driveway while you are away.
Don’t post on social media
Tempting as it is to share your fabulous trip online, don’t! Posting updates from overseas, particularly on public forums, is advertising that your house is empty. Make sure your privacy settings are set to private or – best of all – wait until you get home to post. Some social media sites tag your location so make sure this is switched off while you are away, for both you and your children.
Lock up your valuables
Put any expensive items in a safe or lockbox out of sight to keep valuables safe in case you are burgled.
Install a smart lock
If distributing many copies of the keys to your house makes you uncomfortable, think about installing a smart lock. This gives access to your home by means of a keypad and code with a limited lifespan, meaning you can change it when you get home to prevent unannounced visits!
…and it’s not just theft to worry about!
If you are concerned about water damage, shut off the water before you leave, particularly if you are travelling during the colder months where burst frozen pipes are a worry. Anticipate damage