Heading Away On Holidays Soon?

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With the Easter and School Holidays fast approaching, if you're heading away be sure to tick off these 5 things from your list of things to do to keep your home secure.

Here are some tips and home hacks that can help make your property safer, and provide you with that extra bit of confidence when you’re not around.

1. Jam your windows and doors

This might just be the cheapest security measure you can install, and it’s been around for decades: jamming your windows and doors shut.

It’s simply a matter of cutting a piece of timber that will fit snugly in the empty tracks beside your sliding door or window. It’ll prevent someone from being able to slide the door or window from the outside, even if they’ve managed to pick or break your lock.

2. Make it look like somebody’s home

Nothing says “I’m home” like a light being on inside a house at night. But no one wants the electricity bill that comes with leaving lights on 24-7.

Thankfully there are devices that connect to your power points and can turn a light or lamp on at a particular time, to give the appearance of someone being home at night, and then switch it off in the morning.
The ability to turn lights on and off remotely is also a feature of many app-based security systems, which allows people to control selected lights from their smartphone, even if they’re on holiday.

3. Know thy neighbour

Peoples’ sense of neighbourhood and community has dwindled in recent years as we become busier and suburbs more built-up and developed.
There’s still nothing quite like being friendly enough with your neighbours to ask them to keep an eye on things while you’re away. Most neighbours are also happy to collect your mail and bring in your bins while you’re away, as long as you’re willing to reciprocate!

4. Store your valuables out of sight

Once a burglar has entered your house they’ll likely turn the place upside down looking for valuable goods, so it can pay not to give them any encouragement by leaving expensive items visible through windows.

5. Install home security

Home security systems have come a long way in recent years, and are well and truly embracing modern mobile technology. There are packages available that allow homeowners to use their smartphone to view video cameras, lock doors, receive alerts from motion-activated sensors, turn lights on and off and automatically contact a security company, as well as requiring almost no installation.