Tips for keeping your home secure whilst on holiday

Can you imagine your relaxed holiday feeling and calm soul being shattered by the shock of getting back to a ransacked home? Unoccupied homes make for easy targets with criminals over the holidays, so we advise that you do your best to secure yours before heading off on your mid-year break.

Not all is lost, there is hope – you can protect your home from unwanted guests (or at least make it more difficult for them to get into your property) by thinking ahead. Here are some quick measures you can take to allow you and your family some peace-of-mind while you enjoy your getaway:

  • Keeping up appearances… Pretend, pretend. Creating the illusion of presence is a good way to ensure that your home doesn’t fall victim to a break-in during your absence. Get your friends to play tag-team by popping by and switching on different lights or emptying your post box etc. to create the impression that someone is home.

    If you don’t have the luxury of a ‘tag-team’, we suggest that you suspend your newspaper subscription, and set alarm clocks or radios to turn on at regular intervals as a distraction to opportunists.

    Oh and before you shout it from the rooftops, remember that that word spreads fast… so you may only want to share your holiday plans with those you trust. 
  • Ring the alarm! There is nothing like the unexpected sound of an alarm to throw a criminal off his game and attract the attention of others. Do regular checks on your alarm system to make sure it’s fit for the job – but be sure to give your security company the heads up to avoid false alarms. And don’t forget to let them know you’ll be away so they can closely guard your house till you get back.  
  • Lock up! Before you head for the hills, be sure to give your home a thorough once-over and remove all valuables from plain sight. Reduce temptation – don’t leave your laptops, keys and mobile phones lying around as an open invite to burglars. In simple terms, if it’s of irreplaceable value then lock it up safely.
  • Power down… You’ve protected your home against criminal threats, but what about other potential hazards? Unplug your appliances and electrical equipment before you head off, but make sure you’re not (accidentally) disconnecting any alarm or backup systems. Who wouldn’t want to return to a lower electricity bill or rest easy knowing that the effects of unexpected power surges or unwelcome storm activity are limited? 
  • Hire a house-sitter... Your house is like your baby, so why not get a sitter for it while you’re away? That way you can have actual human presence there to act as a significant deterrent to would-be criminals. This will also help you avoid having to deal with false alarms and unforeseen events like defrosted freezers as a result of unexpected power cuts. Don’t forget to kit your house-sitter out with all the necessary emergency contact numbers as well as brief them fully on how to manage the alarm, the trip switch and all locks and keys before you set off on your holiday.

Make sure your home is securely protected so you can enjoy full peace of mind and treat yourself to a truly relaxing holiday break. If you’re concerned about the additional risk imposed on your home when you leave it unoccupied during your holidays or business trips, chat to us about additional home insurance options like extended theft cover by logging into MiXpress, the MiWay App or by giving us a call on 0860 64 64 64.

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