Chapter 10 - GOING ON HOLIDAY
Going on holiday is an annual occurrence for most people and much time is given for
preparation for the trip. It is vitally important that you consider the risks of leaving your
home unattended for so long and implement precautions, some of which are quite
simple, so that your home is left as secure as possible.
A FEW SIMPLE STEPS
- Tell a member of your family, local friend or trusted neighbour that you plan to
go on holiday and inform them of the details of your holiday such as when you
are leaving and when they can expect you to be back in the house. Leave your
contact address and/or telephone number with the person you are entrusting
with the caretaking of your home. Always consider informing your NW scheme
co-ordinator when you go away.
- Cancel delivery of milk or newspapers.
- Either ask the person looking after your house to collect the mail and put it out
of sight of prying eyes or use The Royal Mail's 'Keepsafe' service which will
keep your mail for you while away.
- Security Timer switches are a great idea for holiday security. They usually work
as a plug socket adapter with a timer built in. The timer runs so long as the
adapter is plugged in and the plug socket switched on. The timer can be then
set to automatically give power to anything that is plugged into it such as lights
or radios. This can give the appearance that someone is in the property and
- Check your window security measures. 30% of all burglaries start with an
unsecured window as an entry point. If need be, fit window locks. You may only
be going away for a week or two but the window locks will provide security for
your house whenever you leave it and are considered a good precaution to
have all the time.
- Try not to discuss holiday plans in public places where strangers may hear
details. You never know who may be listening.
- Never put your full home address on your luggage when you are travelling. The
smarter thief may be able to tell from this that you are away and have full
details of your home. A name and postcode is sufficient.
- If there are valuable documents or items that you are leaving in your house
while away, either place them in a safe or take them to your bank, which will
gladly, deposit them in its own safe while you are away.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE
Just before you leave for your holiday, do a last minute check to ensure all windows
and doors are locked including garage doors, side gates and sheds. Turn on the
burglar alarm if you have one. Make sure all of the above points have been
considered. Maybe create a checklist for this last minute check and tick off each area
of security that needs checking as you go along.
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