The summer sun has finally arrived in Ireland, and while it’s great to be able to plan a trip away or two, it’s important to remember to keep our homes safe while on our travels. Besides the obvious like house alarms and house sitters, there’s a few simple steps we can take to ensure our homes are a little less appealing to burglars.
CCTV for dummies
Installing CCTV for your house and its surroundings can be expensive, but fixing a camera or two to the outside of your porch doesn’t have to be. Although it’s a common trick and burglars may be aware that this system is a dummy, they’re a lot less likely to take their chances. Simply screw a couple of webcams around your front door and let them act as a deterrent for a fraction of the price that the real deal would cost you!
Your holiday is your business
We all get over-excited about our holidays and want to boast to the world that we’re sipping sangria on a Monday morning instead of staring blankly at our screens.. However, this is merely advertising our own vulnerability to thieves. By letting the public know that we’re on the beach in Gran Canaria, we are also implying that our homes are sitting empty, giving criminals the heads up that they have an easy target!
Bring your car keys with you – even if you’re leaving your car
We’ve all heard the horror stories about thieves ‘fish-hooking’ car keys from hallway tables. Unfortunately, this is a very real risk. Many burglars are accessing car keys through the letterbox, avoiding the risk of setting off an alarm. If you’re jetting off and leaving your car at home, it’s a good idea to bring your keys with you! Even if you are unlucky enough to experience a burglary while you’re away, it’s a lot less likely they’ll be escaping in your car without the keys.
While there is no way to avoid your home being empty at some stage, there are some ways to make your home less ‘lonely’ looking. Consider using timed lights, which you can time to switch on and off while you’re away or perhaps you can leave your favourite tunes playing loudly on your radio, any noise coming from your house will act as a deterrent. If possible, close any blinds / curtains most of the way so that it is not visible from the outside that your house is empty. If you are bringing your car with you on holidays or taking it on a roadtrip, ask your neighbours if they could park their car in your porch regularly – this will look like there is someone coming in and out of the house.
Last but definitely not least, the most important aspect of home safety– your Home Insurance! Make sure that you read the terms and conditions that your insurance policy provides; you will want to know what exactly you are covered for in the event of a break-in. Remember, with 123.ie we offer you cover you can count on, so you can enjoy your holidays and leave all your worries behind.