Stay secure over the Easter holidays
Don’t forget to be security conscious this Easter!
Last year Police across the UK urged members of the public to be more security conscious during the Easter break. This year we are doing the same by providing home security tips to staying secure whilst you enjoy the holidays.
Whilst enjoying any holiday period whether it be Easter, Summer or Christmas, the last thing on your mind will probably be the security of your home. However whatever time of year it is, it is still important to make sure your home security doesn’t lapse during these periods.
Don’t let a burglary ruin your Easter…
Many of us will be travelling or going on holiday during the Easter period which is why it can often be a prime time for a burglar to strike! Not all burglaries are opportunistic some are pre-planned where an intruder will watch your house so they know your daily patterns i.e. when you leave your house.
Don’t forget to lock up before you hop off
If you are going away during the Easter break don’t forget to do the following:
- Lock your doors and windows! Whether you are popping out just for the day or going away for a week it is really important to lock all of your doors and windows as the majority of home insurance providers will not pay out for a claim where entry was made through an unlocked door or window.
- If you are going on holiday for a long period of time ask a trusted neighbour or friend to keep an eye on your house.
- Ask the Royal Mail to hold any post during your holiday. Through the Royal Mail’s Keepsafe® scheme your post and parcels can be held for up to 66 days. This will help to prevent post from piling up and alerting an intruder that your home is unoccupied.
- Make your home appear occupied. Leave all blinds or curtains open and leave a light on (if possible) so it appears your home isn’t unoccupied. If you can’t leave a light on it may be worth investing in a light with a timer, these can be purchased online.
- Don’t share your holiday plans on any form of Social Media. Posting your plans could advertise that your home is unoccupied.
- Lock your garage or shed.