Going on holiday? Don't leave your house looking unoccupied!
Keep your home secure when you're on holiday or just away for the day with these simple steps:
- Piles of letters behind your front door are a sure sign that someone's away. Ask a trusted neighbour to move your post out of sight or to empty your mailbox.
- If you're on good terms with your neighbour, they may even water your plants, put your rubbish out or check up on the property every now and again.
- Don't talk about your departure on social media, only tell people you trust about your holiday plans.
- Don't say you're away on your home or mobile answer phone.
- Security lighting will illuminate anyone coming close to your property, which can be a big deterrent. You can also set indoor lights on timers to give the impression that people are at home.
- Keep your blinds and curtains partly open but move expensive items and valuables, such as laptops, jewellery and car keys out of sight or leave with a trusted friend.
- Make sure all doors and windows, including outbuildings are fully locked.
- Install a reliable alarm system, some systems link directly to a security firm or your mobile telephone.
- Leave a car on the driveway or ask your neighbour to park on your driveway.
- In the unlikely event of being the victim of domestic burglary you need to ensure that your household insurance policy adequately covers any loss you may incur.
If your neighbour is away and you see someone acting suspiciously around their property please call 101, or 999 in an emergency.
The Safer New Forest partnership have created an information leaflet on keeping your home secure while away, which can be downloaded here Holiday burglary leaflet [3Mb]