The Easter holidays is a popular time for people to be away, sometimes for two weeks or more.
It is imperative that your home is left secure if you plan to be away this Easter or at any time.
Ultra-Vision’s top tips for keeping your home secure from intruders this Easter
1. Make sure you store anything that could be used to enter your home through a window or over a fence well out of sight. This includes bins, ladders, patio furniture etc.
2. Leave a light on somewhere in the house to make it appear that there is someone in. A TV is also a good idea. Timer switches that can be bought from hardware stores are very useful for this.
3. Have post held at the post office until you return, or ask a neighbour to collect it for you.
4. Use your local neighbourhood watch. Tell trusted neighbours you will be away and get them to keep a watchful eye on things while you are away.
5. Ensure all your valuables are well hidden. Burglars often take a peek through windows to see what might be available.
6. Please don’t use social media to share your plans online. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin are all useful commodities for burglars, who are looking to see which homes may be unattended.
7. Never store spare keys anywhere outside near your property. E.g. under flowerpots and stones. Thieves will be searching.
8. Equip your property with security cameras or CCTV which you can access from your smart phone while you are away.
9. Have security lights fitted in as many places as you can around your property. Burglars prefer to work in the dark. Security lights help alert neighbours and passers by to any unusual activity on your property at night.
10. Mark valuables with a UV pen to help to retrieve stolen property if thieves should be successful. They are easily available online or at many retailers, including supermarkets.
11. Lock gates, sheds, windows and doors. Check existing locks and upgrade anything that is not secure or looks vulnerable.
12. Lock away garden tools, bikes, any other outdoor valuables.
13. Install an intruder alarm system. This could deter burglars from attempting to enter your property in the first place. It will also alert neighbours, worry burglars and with a monitored system the police will attend your property without the burglars knowing, even if the neighbours ignore the siren.
14. Double check all doors and entrances to the property are secure with good quality locks before leaving.
15. Have security signs and bell boxes for alarm systems in obvious places. These help to deter burglars from targeting your property.
16. Keep your garden trim and tidy, burglars like to hide in overgrown shrubbery and plants.
17. Make sure any window or door keys within the house are moved well away from access points.
18. Don’t leave messages on your answer phone stating that you are away.
19. Leave trusted friends and neighbours with your emergency contact numbers and ask them to keep an eye out for you.
20. Ask a neighbour to put your bin in and out on rubbish days.
21. Try to leave a car parked in your driveway. Ask a friend or neighbour to do this for you if you are taking your car with you.
22. Don’t forget to cancel newspapers and magazines.
23. Mark your letterbox with a NO JUNK MAIL sign to stop junk mail clogging up your letterbox, making it obvious that you are away.
24. Make sure you have up to date buildings and contents insurance.
25. Don’t leave anything in your outside bins, these can leave clues for what might be inside your house, but also provide opportunity for identity theft.
26. Ask a friend, neighbour or family member to water your garden and keep things tidy to make it seem like someone is home.
27. Remember to keep parked cars locked and secure.
28. Don’t have your family name marked anywhere on the outside of your property.
29. If you have an outdoor letterbox, make sure it is locked and secure.
30. Keep any valuables you are leaving at home in a locked safe. Have it professionally installed for greater security.