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While the Cat’s Away!

Preparing for a holiday is a busy time. While you might be focusing on what to pack and planning what to do while you're away, it's also a good idea to give some consideration to ensuring your property is safe and secure during your absence.

80% of burglaries take place when people are not at home. Unfortunately, many of these break-ins happen when homeowners are away on holiday. Coming home to find your property has been ransacked can certainly ruin the end of a holiday, but there are plenty of things you can do, to reduce the risk of this happening in the first place.

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Don't make it obvious

Mail piling up on the doormat is a giveaway that you're not home, while no lights on at night also shows that you're absent. If you want to avoid arousing a burglar's suspicions, don't make it obvious that you're away. Set light timer switches to come on when it's dark so that your property appears occupied, and ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property and to regularly remove post from the doormat.

 

Only tell who you need to

Don't advertise the fact that you're on holiday by posting content on social media, whether this be holiday updates on Facebook or snaps of you lounging by the pool on Instagram. Would-be intruders increasingly scour social media sites to see who's away by what people post, so if you want to brag online about your holiday exploits, at least wait until you've come home.

 

Hide valuables

Leaving valuable items on display, such as electrical gadgets, money or jewellery, or even car keys, is a tempting proposition to burglars, so make sure you lock away anything of value before you head off on your travels. Purchase a small safe that you can securely store precious items away in, or leave them with trusted friends or family during your absence.

 

Insurance matters

Nobody relishes the prospect of being burgled while they're away, but if it does happen, it's reassuring to know that you are covered by your home and contents insurance. Before your holiday, take a glance over your insurance policy to ensure it's up to date. Be wary of any factors that may hinder your claim. For example, if you've stated on your policy that you have an alarm, but you forget to set it, this could make your claim invalid.

 

Safe and secure

By far the best way to put burglars off from touching your property is if it is safe and secure. Fix any faulty locks on windows or doors and secure them properly before you depart. It's well worth investing in a decent burglar alarm system, but you might also wish to consider other security measures, such as motion sensor lights and CCTV cameras. These days, you can also get smart functions that enable you to set alarms and turn lights on and off remotely, as well as keep an eye on your property and receive notifications if there is anything amiss.

If you've made the sensible decision to ensure your property is as safe and secure as possible when you're not there, you might want to take a look at the wide range of superior quality options available at Trelawney Fire & Security. As well as domestic and commercial alarms, you can choose from a variety of CCTV and access control solutions.

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