Top 10 tips for holiday security

Holidays are the time to kick back and relax with your family and friends, but if you are going away it might be worth taking a moment to think about the security of your home and business premises.

 

Most burglaries are opportunist, taking place when the thief feels that there is the least amount of risk of getting caught and when they feel that there is something worth taking.

 

But although you are not there, it does not always have to appear so and there are many precautions you can take to protect your property, some of which we will highlight here.

 

1.        Invest in a reliable burglar alarm system – it can alert neighbours and passers by that something is wrong (but if it goes off frequently people will ignore it)

Up to 80% of burglars would not attempt to break into a property if there are visible signs of a security system in place – so make sure the alarm box is visible from the road or the main point of entry

2.        Tell any neighbours (whom you trust) that you will be away during certain times and ask them to keep an eye on your property (and you can return the favour)

3.        Install a CCTV system so that you can see what happened if the alarm is triggered (and if your budget will stretch to it you can either go for a system that you can remotely access from your smartphone or tablet whilst you are away – or better still you can benefit from an actively monitored system where instant alerts are sent to your phone or even a professional alarm receiving centre.

4.        Ask someone you trust to park their car in front of your premises whilst you are away.

5.        If you are going to be away for a while, arrange for someone to go in and remove any build up of post, or have it redirected or held for you by the Post Office.

6.        Think about installing some simple timer switches to operate electrical devices such as lights or radios at different times of the day.

7.        Make sure that any external security lights are clean and operational (burglars don’t like to be seen)

8.        Remember to remove or hide away any easily portable, high value items

9.        Be discreet on social media – you may want to tell the world what a great time you are going to have; or are having; but maybe wait until you get back to post those pictures of paradise.

10.      and finally – in all the excitement to start your holiday – don’t forget to make sure that all of your doors and windows are locked and the alarm system is set.

 

Once you have ticked the things off of this simple list, don’t forget the most important thing of all – relax and enjoy your break – that’s what holidays are for.