Packing for your summer holiday? It's important to make sure your home's protected before you leave, so you don't return to any disasters. Take a look at our summer security tips to help you keep your home and possessions safe and secure while you're away on holiday.
Prepare for emergencies
It's a good idea to leave a set of keys with someone you trust so they can keep an eye on your home while you're away. If you have a friend who's happy to look after your home, leave a list of emergency contact numbers for them, along with details of how to contact you in the event of an emergency.
Make your home look lived in
Move any valuable items (such as computers) out of view and hide your car keys in a safe place if you're not taking your car with you.
If you have a friend checking in, ask them to collect the post and move it away from the front door or out of the porch; a build up of letters is a sure sign to an opportunist burglar that you’re not at home. If you don't have anyone to help you out, speak to your postman; mail can be held for up to 2 months and then delivered at a later, more convenient date.
Avoid advertising your holiday dates on social network sites – you never know who's watching! And if you have a neighbour coming round daily to feed a pet, ask them to open your curtains in the morning and draw them at night so that your home looks lived in.
Unplug and turn off appliances
Ensure that you've unplugged all electrical appliances, including computers, TVs, kettles, toasters and stereos. Leave only your fridge and freezer plugged in, to protect against any power surges while you're away. Also turn off your stopcock to prevent burst pipes and leaks.
Empty your kitchen
Before you set off, empty your fridge of any food which is likely to go off while you're away and make sure all rubbish is placed in an outside bin. Buy some long-life milk and leave unopened in your fridge, ready for that much needed cup of tea on your return.
More home security tips
For more ways to keep your home safe and secure when you're out and about, take a look at our guide to keeping your home secure the cost-effective way.
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