Our summer holiday is something we all look forward to. A couple of weeks away from the stresses of work and home life are just what the doctor ordered. Unfortunately, we’re not the only ones who long for the break; burglars do too as for them it’s a window of opportunity.
It’s a sad fact that burglaries tend to rise in the spring and summer months. Such incidents are not just upsetting, they can also be expensive in terms of replacing lost items and by forcing your home insurance premiums up. To help you avoid this holiday-ruining event happening to you, here are some easy to follow tips from Coversure that will help you to protect your home while you’re away.
Burglary Prevention Is Better Than A Home Insurance Cure…
Tip 1: Tour your home before you leave – a common cause of holiday break-ins is an unlocked door or a window left ajar. It’s easily done, especially if you have children. In all the excitement of going away and the toing and froing with luggage it’s easy to pop back in for something and forget to check everything is secure. So, before you set off take 5 minutes to check each room, window and door is shut and then exit by the way you came in.
Tip 2: Leave a discrete light on – leaving the sitting room or a bedroom light blazing all day and all night during the summer months is like leaving a big sign on the front door saying, ‘On Holiday’. A nightlight in the hall or on the landing, however, will give a subtle appearance of life during the evening that may be enough to deter would-be burglars.
Tip 3: Don’t broadcast the fact that you are away on social media – we all love sharing our lives on social media. But when you tell your Facebook friends you’re going to be away for a couple of weeks, or when you post photos of you and the family while you’re away, you’re effectively telling thousands of strangers the same thing. So, curb your enthusiasm and only post photos when you get back. It’s safer that way.
Tip 4: Put valuables away – and not in the bedroom drawers – laptops, iPods, games consoles and, of course jewellery, are all draws for thieves so while you’re away keep them out of sight. Find ingenious places to hide things – the bedroom is the first place a burglar will look – so consider putting them under the stairs, on top of kitchen cupboards or even in the loft. Burglars have little time and if they come up empty handed after a short search they will often move on.
Tip 5: Keep spare keys out of sight – it’s shocking how many home owners leave keys in view, or worse, in view and within access of the letterbox, cat flap or a window. Stash spare keys away, or better still leave them with a trusted neighbour or a friend. That way they will not only be out of reach but should you lose yours on your travels you’ll be able to get back in when you get back.
Tip 6: Keep the garage door/garden shed locked – most burglars are opportunists. If they see an empty looking house with a conveniently unlocked shed or garage full of useful tools, then you’re setting yourself up for a fall. Keep everything locked and make sure ladders and other useful equipment is kept out of sight.
Tip 7: Cancel the milk and the papers – and ask a neighbour or friend to come in and move the post from the door if it’s visible.
Tip 8: Cut the grass before you leave – the British summer is perfect for the grass (the weather being reliably wet and warm) so cut it short to avoid it looking like a meadow when you get back which only broadcasts to all and sundry that you are away.
Tip 9: Check your home insurance won’t expire while you’re away – trust us, this happens and it can mean that you are left without cover should the worst happen.
Tip 10: Leave a car in the drive or in front of the property – if you have a second car or aren’t taking yours with you then leave it on display. If you are taking it, then ask a friend or neighbour to park there for you. It will put doubt in to the mind of any would-be burglars and could save you from a world of grief.
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If you’d like to know more about any aspect of home insurance, would like to know how we can protect your holiday home or even how we can insure your unoccupied property should you be away for a longer period of time, then please contact your local Coversure office today.