Here are a few tips to help make your home a little more secure whilst you are away.
Try to make your home appear occupied and reduce the risk of burglary by:
- Making sure your home and garage/shed are secure. Check all windows, doors, garden shed, gates, garages and any other areas that can be, are locked.
- Cancelling any paper deliveries. Arrange for your mail to be collected by a friend or neighbour, or have it held or redirected at the Post Office. Cancel any other deliveries you may be expecting.
- Ask trusted friends or neighbours to clear your mailbox (junkmail) and check on your home occasionally while you are away; advise them of where you can be contacted.
- Ensure your phone message doesn’t state that you are away on holidays as this may give thieves the information that they desire.
- Have a friend or neighbour mow your lawns and take your bin out and in, even if it is empty.
- Pay essential service bills in advance – electricity, gas, water etc so that your supply continues while you’re away.
- Locking away all tools, ladders and anything else that could be used to gain entry to your home, garage or shed.
- If valuable items are left in the home, ensure that your Property Inventory is up-to-date.
- Lock the electricity meter box to prevent thieves interfering with your power supply or security lighting (contact your provider for more information).
- Ask a friend or neighbour to park in your driveway.
- When packing for a holiday, avoid packing your vehicle the night before as it will become an attractive target for a thief.
- Hang some old clothes on the line and leave old shoes outside the front door.
- Avoid broadcasting the fact that you are going on holidays onto Social Media sites, especially if your address is visible.
- If you work from home and have an ‘Out of Office’ on your emails, advise that you will be on leave or not working, rather than you are going away on holidays.
- Asking a friend or relative to house-sit while you are away.
We hope that you have an enjoyable holiday and return home to a secure home with assitance of these handy tips.
*This information was gathered from the Tasmanian Police, NSW Police and Victoria Police websites and is not a guarantee to prevent theft but simply a few suggestions to make your home a little more secure while you are away from it.