How do I keep my house safe when I am away on holiday?
A recent study showed that crime in South Africa spikes during the holiday season. Crimes such as house break-ins and burglaries see the sharpest increase. Many of our readers will be leaving their homes to travel with their families. The unfortunate reality is that this presents criminals with a golden opportunity to break into your house and it is therefore essential to secure your home during this time.
So, you are asking yourself, what do I do now? Firearms.co.za has the answers. We are well aware of these facts, and we have provided you with some essential tips below, to prevent you from returning to a burglarized home.
Lock Doors and Windows: This might seem obvious, but it’s essential. Ensure all doors and windows are locked before leaving the house or heading to bed.
Install a Security System: Consider installing a security system or using smart home technology like cameras and motion sensors to monitor your home. Some systems can send alerts to your phone in case of any suspicious activity.
Lighting: Use timers for lights both inside and outside your house. This gives the impression that someone is home, deterring potential intruders.
Avoid Social Media Oversharing: Refrain from announcing your holiday plans on social media. Burglars sometimes monitor social media to find out when people are away from home.
Ask Neighbours for Help: Inform a trusted neighbour or friend about your travel plans. They can keep an eye on your property and report any suspicious activity.
Hide Valuables: Don’t leave expensive items visible from windows. Consider keeping valuable items in a safe or in less obvious places.
Be Cautious with Package Deliveries: If you’re expecting packages, try to schedule deliveries when you’re home or have a neighbour pick them up.
Trim Shrubs and Bushes: Overgrown vegetation can provide cover for intruders. Trim bushes and trees near doors and windows to eliminate potential hiding spots.
Secure Your Garage: If you have a garage, lock it securely, especially if it provides direct access to your home.
Prepare Emergency Contacts: Have emergency contact numbers readily available in case of any issues.
Remember, being cautious and prepared can significantly reduce the risk of burglary or other incidents during the holiday season.