Home security tips for the summer

Now that the weather is (finally!) starting to brighten up and the days are becoming longer, thoughts are naturally beginning to turn towards a relaxing, well-earned summer break.

Whether you’re heading abroad for your summer getaway or planning on holidaying somewhere closer to home, it’s important to spend some time thinking about your home security before you leave.

We’ve outlined some quick tips below to make sure you can enjoy your holiday and not worry too much about your home while you’re away.

Make your home look ‘lived in’

It may be the oldest trick in the book, but it’s very effective. Setting timer switches for lights, TV’s and music systems can all help to ward off opportunist burglars. If you have milk, magazine or newspaper deliveries make sure you cancel them before you go on holiday – nothing shouts “we’re on holiday” more than a backlog of milk bottles building up on your front porch!

Bob’s tip: The Royal Mail’s ‘Keepsafe’ service can keep hold of all your mail while you are away for as little as £12.80. Learn more at their site: http://www.royalmail.com/personal/receiving-mail/keepsafe

Ask someone to keep an eye on your property

If you know someone willing to help, ask them to keep an eye on your property and also maintain it while you’re away. They could park on the driveway, take your bins out, draw the curtains at night and open them in the mornings – all the little things that help make the property look lived in.

A neighbour, friend or relative who lives nearby would be perfect for this – and you can return the favour when they go away.

Be careful on social media

Selfies may be all the rage, and you’ll naturally be tempted to share your ‘beach selfie’ with your Facebook or Twitter friends while you’re away, but just be careful and think about who might be able to see it and then know that you are away from home. It may be safer to share your photos and travel updates privately with friends rather than broadcasting them across public social networks.

Check that your doors and windows are securely locked

It may sound simple, but this is how most summer break-ins happen. In the rush to get away a few home security basics can get missed. Make sure you check, double check and then treble check all your doors and windows – and don’t forget any sheds, outhouses and garages as well.

Oh, and don’t forget to set your burglar alarm if you have one!

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