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Introduction | Precautions | Locks | Security Systems | Glossary of Alarm terms | Lighting | Hosting a Party | Going on Holiday
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Going on holidays

Would-be burglars will notice if you are not home, so, if you are going away, advise a trusted neighbour and ask them to keep an eye on your home and garden while you are away.

  • Ask your neighbour to collect your mail or ask the post office to hold it.

  • Stop regular deliveries of milk and newspapers.

  • Use timers on lights and radios to give your home a "lived in" appearance.

  • Arrange for your lawn and garden to be kept trimmed and tidy and leave a key with a trusted friend or neighbour.

  • Also advise your local police if you are going away for an extended period.

  • Never leave a message on your answering machine to say you are on holidays.

Before you leave

  • Be careful who you tell that you are going away. Let relatives and trusted neighbours know where you are going, for how long, and where they can reach you.

  • Leave your contact numbers with a trusted neighbour and have them keep an eye on your home, clear the mailbox and re-arrange the curtains and blinds.

  • Don't leave descriptive telephone answering machine messages like "You've reached the Smith's we're away for the Christmas holidays." This may encourage a break-in.

  • Stop your mail if you are going away for a prolonged period or arrange for a neighbour to clear your letterbox.

  • Cancel milk, bread and newspaper deliveries.

  • If you don't have an answering machine, make sure to divert your telephone. An unanswered phone indicates that the home is vacant.

  • Triple check that all windows and doors are securely locked before leaving.

  • Write yourself a security checklist of things to do before you go on holidays. i.e. have someone collect mail, arrange light timers etc.

Whilst away

  • Arrange for a neighbour to park their car in your driveway.

  • Arrange for your lawn to be mowed.

  • Use timers on interior lights to give the appearance that someone is home.

  • Check your answering machine when you are away as you don't want the tape to become full - another hint that you may be away.

  • If possible, organise a house sitter to stay in your home or have a trusted friend or family member check the house every couple of days.


Introduction | Precautions | Locks | Security Systems | Glossary of Alarm terms | Lighting | Hosting a Party | Going on Holiday
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