Prowler Proof’s top ten tips on keeping your home secure while you’re on holidays.
1. Notify Trusted Neighbours:
Inform trusted neighbours about your absence and ask them to keep an eye on your property. They can report any suspicious activity and help maintain the appearance of an occupied home.
2. Use Timers for Lights:
Set timers on lights throughout your home to create the illusion of occupancy. This can deter potential burglars who may be monitoring your property.
3. Cancel Deliveries:
Suspend any regular deliveries, such as newspapers or mail, to avoid accumulation and signal your absence. Alternatively, ask a friend or neighbour to collect them for you.
4. Arrange Yard Maintenance:
Arrange for someone to mow your lawn and maintain your yard while you're away. An unkempt yard can indicate an empty home.
5. Secure Entry Points:
Fortify all entry points, including windows, doors and garage doors. Use deadbolt locks and lock security screens with a key.
6. Install Outdoor Lighting:
Illuminate the exterior of your home with motion-activated outdoor lighting. Well-lit areas deter potential burglars and make it easier to identify any suspicious activity.
7. Join a Neighbourhood Watch Program:
Participate in your local neighbourhood watch program to foster a sense of community vigilance. Share information and look out for one another, making your neighbourhood a less attractive target for criminals.
8. Secure Valuables:
Store valuable items, such as jewellery and important documents, in a secure safe or lockbox. This adds an extra layer of protection in case of a break-in.
Remember, proactive measures such as installing advanced security, fortifying entry points, and fostering community vigilance are essential for creating a safer place at your place while you’re on holiday.