1. Ask a trusted neighbour or friend to keep an eye on things
Ask if they can check your home each week. It’s also a good idea to give them a copy of your itinerary and contact details so they can get in touch if anything goes wrong.
2. Make it look like you’re at home
As much as possible, make it appear as though you’re still at home:
- Cancel deliveries and ask a neighbour to collect your mail and put out your bins once a week.
- Hire a gardener or ask a friend to mow your lawns.
- Use a timer switch to turn your lights and appliances on and off.
3. Make life harder for thieves
These steps will make it more difficult for thieves to access your building and belongings:
- Check your doors and windows to make sure they close and lock securely.
- Consider installing exterior lights with motion sensors.
- Don’t leave ladders or toolboxes out in the garden or in an unlocked garden shed.
- Hide your valuables – or better yet, invest in a home safe.
4. Turn off your appliances
Turn off and unplug appliances like your computer, kettle and TV. You’ll save money and also reduce the risk of an electrical fire.
5. Protect your belongings
It’s a great idea to consider if you have enough insurance, so your belongings are covered if something happens while you’re away – like a fire, storm or theft.