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With school holidays fast approaching, many are beginning to plan out-of-town breaks and family getaways. When planning a trip, one of your key considerations should always be ensuring that your home security system is working effectively to keep your property protected. When you’re away, your property becomes an easy target for burglaries.

To mitigate burglary risk, we have compiled a holiday security checklist to help boost your home security, while you are away:

  • Ensure that your alarm is in working order. An alarm system and its parts are prone to wear and tear, particularly if the environment is harsh or near the coastline. It is therefore important that you have your alarm system serviced by qualified professionals.
  • Test your alarm system before your holiday. This should be done outside of peak hours (between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or after 8:00 p.m.). Please contact your monitoring centre to ask them to place your system on test. This way, they can confirm with you once the test is completed, that all signals were received.
  • Electric fencing, razor wire and high walls can sometimes hinder a response officer’s ability to complete a property check when responding to an alarm activation. It is therefore important that the response officer has access by means of a master lock or master receiver. There are numerous access options which can be suggested by your security company.
  • Be discreet when preparing to go away. Be sure to park your car in a garage if possible, and leave lights and a radio or TV on a timer to create the illusion that there is someone home. Do not share your plans on social media.
  • Advise your security company if you are going away.
  • Inform your trusted neighbours of your holiday plans so that they can keep an eye on your property.
  • If hiring a house sitter, ensure that they know how to use your alarm correctly.
  • Make sure that you have secured all windows and doors before leaving your property.
  • Sliding doors can be secured simply by placing a piece of timber cut to size in the sliding rail. This helps ensure that sliding doors cannot be lifted vertically.
  • Have good exterior lighting.
  • Do not leave furniture outside, as it can be used to break windows and gain entry into your house.
  • Have clear signage indicating that you have a security company on call.

Following these tips when planning your holiday can help to ensure that your home is fully protected while you’re on vacation. This helps you enjoy your time away with the peace of mind that you so look forward to.

For more expert home security advice, call us for a no-obligation FREE risk assessment on 0861 002 211.