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Don't Give Them a Chance!

20th Dec 17

Christmas is the time when most of us take the chunk of our annual leave and head off for a Summer holiday.

But let's be honest, nothing advertises our homes uninhabitated status more than overflowing letterboxes, drawn curtains and a lack of lighting at night.

Burglars are NEVER on holiday - They always have their eyes peeled for the opportunity to make a quick buck, especially at this time of year! 

To help you keep your home and possessions safe while you take a well deserved break, here's the top tips from the NZ Police: 

1.   

Advise your neighbours

Touch base with your neighbours - Let them know when you are going away and when you will be back.  If possible, leave them a contact phone number for you in case they need to contact you about an emergency.

2.   

Clear that clutter

Try to avoid mail building up in your letterbox.  Put any subscriptions you may have (Newspapers, magazines etc) on hold.  The dreaded junk mail can be a problem so if you haven't already, temporarily put up a "No Junk Mail" sign.   

3.

Illuminate the situation

Don't leave your home in darkness during the night.  Plug a lamp into a timer, or a couple of lamps and timers strategically placed around your home, so that anyone keeping an eye on your house thinks that there is somebody home.  Timers are fairly inexpensive theses days and are readily available or if you are lucky enough to have smarthome technology, you may be able to turn your lights and even your irrigation system on remotely.   

4.   

Raise the shades

The NZ Police actually recommend that you leave your curtains open and if you have blinds, they suggest that you leave them open as well.   

5.   

Silence the ringing

A telephone that just keeps ringing and ringing is an alert to all within earshot that nobody is home.  Set the ringtone to silent or change the settings on your answerphone so that any incoming calls go straight to voicemail without ringing at all.  It may also possible for you to have any calls to your home telephone redirected to your mobile while you are away.   

6.   

All secure

It should really go without saying but before embarking on your holiday, make sure that all the doors and windows are locked and secure - Even the windows that are up high and are really small.  Don't leave the windows ajar with security latches, just close and lock them.  This includes all garden sheds, garages, exterior storage boxes etc.  Don't make it easy for a would-be-robber and ensure that anything that could be climbed up on to gain access (Ladders, chairs, large planter pots) are locked away as well.   

7.   

The writing is not on the wall

You should NEVER leave a note on the door advising of your whereabouts!  It may have been oaky to do this once upon a time but that time is not now!  Do not spell out your absence!   

8.   

Have a social media holiday too

We all like to take holiday snaps and selfies of ourselves in interesting places but try to hold back from posting your vacation photos until you get home.  There is no better advertising for an empty house than a photo on the world wide web of it's owner / occupant on the beach in Fiji!

9.   

Ask a favour

Do you have any family or close friends that aren't going away this Christmas?  Or is there someone that is going away after you get home?  If so, you could ask them to pop around to your house every day or so to clear the letterbox and have a general check that everything is okay.  They could even move one of those lamps with the timer to another room.   

10.   

Have a think

It might be too late for this year, but planning ahead to your next holiday is a good idea.  You can look at having sensor lights installed around the exterior of your home and you could also investigate having an alarm or CCTV system installed.  Even a "Beware of the dog" sign or putting alarm company stickers on your windows would be an extra deterrent.

 

Once you've followed these steps, you should have peace of mind that your home is as safe as you can make it while you are away.  There's only one thing left for you to do ....

... Have a great holiday!

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