Going on holiday is always exciting, whether you’re going someone tropical or staying here in the UK. The last thing anyone wants is for their home to be broken into while they’re off enjoying themselves; that’s why we want to share some tips on how to keep your home safe, so you can rest assured everything will be just as you left it.
Social media is a great way to share aspects of your life, but it’s worth considering how much detail you share when you’re planning to leave home. Unintentionally revealing information about when you aren’t home can encourage intruders – maybe save those tan line pictures for when you return! To further protect your privacy, turning off location settings on social media platforms can make sure people only know where you are if you choose to share.
It makes sense to turn all your lights off when you go away, right? Wrong. Leaving curtains/blinds open and installing timers for your lights are simple ways to make your home look occupied, even if you’re thousands of miles away.
Insure your belongings
This might seem like an obvious one, but did you know over a fifth of households in the UK don’t have home insurance in place? Even if you do everything right, sometimes things happen which are unpreventable, so it’s useful to keep everything up to date (just in case).
Avoid leaving valuable items around the house in plain sight. For example, leaving your car keys on a table by the front door makes it easy for a thief to scoop them up. This tip also goes for portable devices such as tablets and laptops; if someone can see them from the outside, they might be more inclined to break in.
Before you go away, it is always good to turn off your mains water and insulate external pipes; it would be a major inconvenience if they froze and burst in the cold Winter weather! Also consider leaving your heating on low to keep the house at a constant temperature, not only so that it’s nice and warm when you get back but further reduce that chance of freezing.
Have you got any other tips you think would be useful? Let us know at @ventureprop; we’d love to hear from you!