How to protect your home while you're away

There are many different ways to deter burglars and break-ins, and help make your home look occupied, so it is not a vulnerable target.

Install a home security system 

Invest in a comprehensive home security system that includes alarms, motion sensors, and surveillance cameras. Choose a system with remote monitoring capabilities so you can keep an eye on your home from anywhere.

Notify trusted neighbours or friends

Inform trusted neighbours or friends about your holiday plans and ask them to keep an eye on your home. Provide them with contact information in case of emergencies and ask them to collect post, newspapers, and packages to prevent build-up and signal your absence.

Use timers for lights and electronics

Set timers for lights, TVs, and radios to create the illusion of occupancy while you're away. Randomise the timing to make it seem more realistic. You can also use smart lighting systems to control lights remotely.

Secure doors and windows

Have a good walk around the home before you leave and make sure all doors and windows are completely locked before you leave. Double-check that garage doors and pet doors are also secure.

Hold mail and newspaper deliveries

Contact the post office and newspaper delivery services to hold mail and newspaper deliveries while you're away. Alternatively, ask a neighbour or friend to collect them for you to prevent accumulation and signal your absence.

Mow the lawn before you go

An unkempt garden can be a tell-tale sign that no one is home. By keeping your lawn neat and trim before you travel, your property won't attract unwanted attention this way.

Keep valuables secure

Store valuables such as jewellery, electronics, and important documents in a secure safe or safety deposit box. Avoid leaving valuable items in plain sight or easily accessible locations.

Consider home automation

Invest in home automation systems that allow you to control various aspects of your home remotely, such as lights, thermostats, and security cameras. These systems can provide added convenience and security while you're away.

Be mindful of social media

Avoid sharing vacation plans or posting photos of your absence on social media, as this can alert potential burglars to an empty home. Wait until you return to share your travel experiences. If you do share, set this to ‘friends only'.

Taking sensible precautions

By taking these precautions, you can enjoy your vacation with peace of mind knowing that your home is protected. Remember to plan ahead and make arrangements well in advance to ensure a worry-free holiday.

‘I can give you a very good tip if you want to keep burglars out of your house. A light on for the burglar to see is the very best single means of protection. One of the ideal things is to leave a bathroom light on all night. The bathroom is one place where somebody could be, for any length of time, at any time of the night, and he would be likely to hear the slightest strange sound. The burglar, knowing this, won't try to enter. It's also the cheapest possible protection. The kilowatts are a lot cheaper than your valuables.' – From the Autobiography of Malcolm X, who was a burglar before he became a political activist.

Contact JC.Locksmiths if you are concerned about any weaknesses in your home security on 07849 191413.