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Tips to keep your home secure when you’re out

With the weather improving, we’re all far more likely to be leaving the house for the beach or out meeting up with friends and enjoying the sun!  The last thing you want to come home to is a burgled house.  Implementing some home security measures can not only reduce the risk of burglary while you’re out and about, but can also reduce your home insurance premium.  Here are some useful home security tips:

  • Many burglaries happen because of an unlocked door or window, so make sure all are locked before leaving the house. Don’t leave keys in locks
  • Make sure you lock any side gates, the garden shed and the garage.  Don’t leave ladders out or anything else that can be used to climb on and over walls/gates, or used as a tool to break into your home
  • Don’t leave a spare key under the mat/flowerpot, this is the first place a thief will look
  • If you don’t have an alarm, consider getting one that’s easily seen outside as this will act as a deterrent
  • Don’t leave any valuables or your car keys visible through a window
  • If you’re going out at night time, leave a light on.  Install external motion sensor lighting

Going away on holiday

In addition to the above, here are some other useful tips if you’re going away for any length of time:

  • Ask a neighbour to take any parcel deliveries for you so they aren’t left sitting on the doorstep
  • Get some timer plugs put on lights around the house to come on in the evening
  • Don’t post any holiday-related posts on social media until you’re home, those 500 “friends” on Facebook will know you’re away!