Now that summer is upon us, many will be thinking about an extended break, a trip to the beach house or maybe a holiday interstate or overseas. Getting away over the summer is a big part of Australian tradition, but unfortunately the number of break in s and thefts from property rises at this time. Thieves know there will be an influx of new ‘toys’ for Christmas, making theft an even more attractive proposition. Here are some simple things you can do to help keep your home safe if you are heading away over the summer.
A little help from your friends: A neighbour can be your best friend in regard to keeping your property safe. If they can park in your driveway they provide a visual deterrent, and having them put out and bring in bins according to the schedule will give the appearance that you are still home. Likewise, leaving a spare key outside the property is an invitation for it to be found, but if you give it to your neighbour or a friend, it will be safe but unlikely to be used for anything nefarious.
Keep it clear: Make sure that any tools that could help someone break into your house are not left out where they are in easy access. This includes ladders, hammers, screwdrivers, shovels and anything else a burglar could use to help them gain access.
Be social – but overshare: We are a nation of Facebook and Instagram posters, but ensure that all settings are set to provide the best security. Sharing your holiday pictures informs anyone who can see these images that you are not at home – make sure only your friends see your posts. A colleague of mine only posted holiday snaps after he returned – he had shared selected photos through Messenger to a family/friend group specifically created for that purpose.
Stop the deliveries: If there is no one available to collect mail regularly then have a hold put on it. Australia Post provide this service for around $50 a month; not a great outlay when you consider what having a box full of mail indicates to a dishonest watcher. If you have a paper delivered, make sure you stop this as well.
Find a system: Installing a security system is not as expensive as it once was and cameras can be connected to apps for your smart phone so you have the ability to watch your home while you’re away from home. While there is an outlay for this, it will bring peace of mind and is likely to be cheaper than the cost of repairs, replacement and insurances should your home be broken into.