With the traditional holiday season getting closer, this is a good time to take a fresh look at your home security, particularly if you are planning on going away for any length of time over the coming months.
Here’s a few tips to help keep your property safe over the summer.
Don’t overlook the obvious
Research shows that one of the most basic home security mistakes that people make when going away on holidays is forgetting to lock all the windows and doors, including the garage. Not surprisingly, this is also one of the first home security measures that an experienced thief will check.
If you haven’t already done so, consider fitting a security door to your main entrance, and if you have sliding external doors make sure you have locks at the top and bottom.
Do your windows lock?
One aspect of home security that often gets overlooked is something that you look at (and through) every day. Many people do not have locks on their windows, particularly on the upper levels of the home.
One tip is to trim any shrubs that screen your windows, as thieves love to be hidden from passers-by whilst accessing your property.
Thieves love the dark
Making life difficult for thieves can be as simple as installing motion-activated security lights at the front of your property. This way thieves can’t approach your property in darkness. Modern technology also allows home security cameras to be linked to your mobile phone.
Home security is a group effort
It’s a good idea to make your home look ‘lived in’ while you’re away. If you know your neighbours well, you could ask them to collect your mail and bring in your bins during your absence. An automatic timer to turn your lights on at dusk each day can be productive, as is leaving a car in your driveway. You could even ask your neighbours to park their car there.
One other tip if you are going to be away for several weeks, it to arrange to have your lawns cut while you are away.
Last but not least
It’s amazing how often people come home from holidays to not only discover that their property been robbed, but that their insurance expired during the holidays as well! So as obvious as it sounds, make sure your insurance is current before you go.
Hopefully, by following these simple steps, you will increase your chances of returning to find your home exactly as you left it.
Of course, if you are considering having your property on the market while you are away, or you are planning a sale once you return, now is the ideal time to talk with the team at Ian Reid Vendor Advocates to ensure that your best interests are protected. In fact, why not download our free booklet, “Fatal Real Estate Traps Exposed”, while you’re here?