We’re now at the end of April which can mean only one thing; for many of us, our summer holiday is just weeks away. Of course, with all the packing to do and planning of where to visit and what to do, as well as sorting out countless other things, there’s a very good chance that your mind isn’t focussed upon one of the most important things; the safety of your home whilst you’re away. It’s a well known fact that burglars love the summer months, if only due to the fact that it means that thousands of homeowners go away on holiday without a care or thought as to how safe and secure their home is.
Unless you want to return home and have your holiday spoiled by becoming a victim of crime, there’s a few simple tips you need to follow to ensure your home is safe and secure and, in order to put these together, we turned to a team who know both sides of security – MPL Locksmith Training.
- Don’t Advertise ThatThe House Is Empty
The first golden rule of ensuring your house remains safe and secure is to make sure you’re not advertising that it’s empty whilst you’re away. Purchase timers for lights and the tv, ensuring that, to an outsider, normal activity is carrying on. There’s nothing worse than a house which doesn’t have any lights on, day or night, as an invitation to a burglar to come and have a look around. In addition, try and make sure you have a family member or neighbour pop round to open and close the curtains and take in the post, whilst also making sure the bins are put out on the right day and taken in again afterwards.
Above all, it’s important that you do all you can to make sure you’re not advertising to the outside world that you’re away and take every possible step and precaution to stop this from happening!
- Are Your Doors & Locks Secure?
Spend ten minutes checking the locks on doors and windows as well as ensuring the frames are secure. If possible, bring in a locksmith to check things over for you. Over time, locks can break and seals can wear meaning they’re nowhere near as safe and secure as they once were. As such, you may be inadvertently making it easy for a burglar to enter your home whilst you’re away when for the sake of a small amount of money you could have things checked out by a professional and chance to sort any problems before it’s too late!
- Install Security Lighting
A burglar loves a dark driveway or rear to a house so play them at their own game and install security lighting! It shouldn’t cost much at all to install sufficient lighting and, in many cases, it’s more than enough to put off a burglar from coming anywhere near. They want cover and bright lights round the front, back and side of a property as the last thing they’ll want to go near!
At the end of the day, it pays to be security conscious and just a few small changes to how you approach your home security could make all the difference in keeping your property safe this summer!