Tips for securing your home when your while on holiday

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As you will all know by now, we’re going to be heading off on holiday in less than a week. It is super exciting, I really can’t wait but I have been feeling a little bit, shall we say concerned, after reading an info graph sent to me by Chill Insurance. It has a tonne of stats that have left me wondering if my job makes me even more vulnerable than most when it comes to the risk of burglars, robbers and thieves during a long absence from home.

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According to the info graph, a lot of us make the mistake of checking in at the airport, practically hanging a “check it out guys I’m not in for the next few weeks” sign on the door. I, more than most, have announced numerous times to the various criminally minded types out there, that I am going to be away – I’ve written about it here, here and here… Yet in my job there is no way around that, and the way that social media connects us now means that the majority of people are announcing their absence.

So what to do?

Well, accruing to Chill Insurance, 62% of us are asking our neighbours to keep a lookout but ask yourself, if your neighbour asked you, how safe could you keep their house? Do you work? Make a regular, scheduled and possibly pre-annouced on Facebook appointments or classes? If there is a whole home’s worth of loot, do you really think a burglar extraordinaire won’t suss out when you aren’t about and strike? So are we mistaken in putting our trust exclusively in our neighbours? I reckon so. More to that, how well are we going to do asking a family member to have a key – do you really want Auntie Bess going through your stuff? You need a combination of safety guards.

Having announced to the world that we are in fact going to be half way across the world on Tuesday for our jollies, I’ve decided to ask a friend to keep an eye on the house and given her a key as well as asking our (curtain twitching) next door neighbours in their 80s to keep a watchful eye on the property… but in light of the fact that I don’t think that will *quite* cover the millions I’ve tax dodged and stuffed into my mattress, what else have we opted for?

  • A good alarm system. Unfortunately the area I live in was targeted by thieves a few years ago so almost everyone took the initiative to get themselves a touch of extra protection.
  • Inform neighbourhood watch in your area.
  • We have a car in the driveway – homely right?
  • All moveable and valuable possessions are either being placed in safes, at family friend’s house and or are coming with us. Though upsetting the TV isn’t as important to me as my Grandmother’s jewellery so I’ll be leaving it behind (Adam doesn’t share this view… what will he watch sport on?)

Apart from the burglar risk, we have swept the house to make sure that it is safe from accidental damage – all the plug sockets are OFF (this is SUCH a big one, so many people forget) and the windows and doors are locked up tighter than a Yorkshire man’s wallet. Lastly, check your home and contents insurance covers you, if not, get something, just in case.

What are your tips for securing your home while on holiday?

H x

 

8 Comments

  1. September 13, 2016 / 12:04 am

    Great post, my friend had some of her friends come over to stay at hers for two weeks when she went on holiday.

  2. Jessica McDonnell
    September 12, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    Such a good post. I’m always really paranoid about leaving my house when I go away, luckily my parents always pop by to check on it.

  3. September 12, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    I’m always nervous when we go away on holiday, even if we have housesitters I still worry something will go wrong. It’s always a bit of a relief to get home and find out everything is 100% fine, LOL!! Have a fab holiday!

  4. September 12, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    Very helpful tips! I haven’t been on holiday in ages but will keep these tips in mind when we do go 🙂

  5. September 12, 2016 / 5:44 pm

    Really great tips! I’ve never thought about securing home while I am away, maybe because I live in a flat.

  6. September 12, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    I always think that about letting the burglars know you are away with a Facebook status! I’m amazed too that so many people we know don’t even bother turning their house alarms on.

  7. Francesca
    September 12, 2016 / 9:33 am

    I’m always very nervous about leaving the house even throughout the day as we have been burgled before! We now have an alarm thats set all the time, and we also leave on lights if we are away and get people to look after the house!

  8. September 12, 2016 / 9:30 am

    I need to really take note of this post, we’re out quite a lot and I know I need to up our security!

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