If you’re going away for the holidays, here are some tips to help keep your home safe. You might like to print this blog post and keep it handy when you next go on holiday.
It can be a busy time of year and there are many things to do and to remember. With so much to do it can be easy to forget about our security, and taking care of the little things.
Thieves can be particularly, especially as we are out and about more and away on holidays. Irrespective of the time of year – each time you leave your home it becomes vulnerable. It’s vitally important to make security part of your daily routine.
- Dispose of Wrappers and Packaging Carefully. If you purchase a laptop, electronic gear, or a big ticket item, ie – a new flat screen television or appliance – cut up packaging to disguise what you have received.
- Check All Windows and Doors are Locked. As the weather heats up, there’s a temptation to open windows, and it can be easy to forget to close all of them. Ensure you lock doors too, even if you’re going to be tending to plants in the back garden. Garages with direct access into your home also need to be locked. A thief can access your property in a moment.
- Lock Up Your Sheds. Unlocked sheds with tools mean a thief can use them to access your home. Ensure your garden and tool sheds are secured.
- Lock Your Side Gates. Unlocked side gates can give strangers access to the back of your property and you should take care to lock any side gates.
- Watch Your Wheelie Bins. Wheelie bins can be used to climb over a gate, or wheeled around the back of your property to gain access to a high up window left ajar. Consider chaining your wheelie bins up, or locking them away in your garage while away for periods of time or on holiday.
- Don’t Leave Valuables in Your Vehicle. It can be tempting to leave items in vehicles overnight in your driveway. Ensure any valuables are out of sight, and take your wallet and laptop with you. Just because your car is parked in your driveway, doesn’t mean it won’t be seen. Make sure you keep your vehicle locked at all times, even if it is parked in your garage. If planning trips to the beach or bush walks – cars left unattended for several hours are very often a target.
- Cancel Regular Deliveries. Uncollected newspapers and regular deliveries are an indicator you’re away. Cancel newspaper subscriptions and other deliveries.
- Ensure Insurance Policies are Up to Date. Make sure your insurance policies are up to date. If you are going away for a long period, you should let your insurance company know.
- Know Your Neighbours. You could ask a friend or neighbour to collect your mail and monitor your property while you are away. They could even open and shut the curtains for you. Ask them to put your rubbish and recycling bins out for collection, and to put them back again once collected.
- An Empty Carport is a Signal. You could ask a friend or neighbour to park one of their vehicles in your carport. An empty carport signals there is no one home.
- Garden Maintenance. If you’re away for a period of time – arrange for your garden to be tended to, and lawns mowed. Shrubs which hide windows should be trimmed back. If you’re living in a home where your gardens and lawns are tended to – all this should be taken care of already.
- Make Your Home Appear Occupied. Even if you’re going out for a few minutes, create an illusion you are home by leaving a light or radio on. If you’re going away for a period of time – you could set up a lamp to come on at night and go off in the morning. You can program some to come on at random times.
- Activate Your Alarm. If you have a security alarm, ensure you activate it while you are away. If you’re living in a home without an alarm – you could consider purchasing (relatively cheaply) motion sensitive cameras. Some send you a message or email once activated, and they record footage. You could purchase one or two cameras to give you peace of mind. And if you move on from the property – you can take your security cameras with you.
- Hire a Property Manager: If leaving your home for quite some time while you go overseas on holiday, or move due to work commitments – hire a property manager to rent your home while you’re away. Quinovic Property Management in Parnell, Auckland manages residential properties Auckland-wide. Get in touch with Kerry from Quinovic Parnell to find out how we can help. Call Quinovic Parnell today.
We hope these tips help you to make your home more secure year-round. Quinovic Parnell wishes you a Happy New Year, and a safe holiday season.