Beach Holiday Security Tips
Keep your Valuables Safe on the Beach!
Whether you are sunning yourself on the beach in the UK or abroad it is important to make sure you are aware of holiday security and making sure your belongings are secure! We want to give you some holiday security tips, so your holiday is fun and safe!
Thefts at beaches, often referred to as ‘beach blanket thefts’ or ‘blanket thefts’, usually increase during the summer holidays where people are more likely to leave their wallets, mobile phones, cameras or other valuables on the beach while they take a dip in the sea. The majority of people will hide valuables under a towel which they may presume is secure but unfortunately within minutes of leaving their valuables they are often gone. See below for some holiday security gadgets.
One of the most obvious solutions to increase your holiday security and prevent beach thefts is to go to the beach with at least one other person so that someone can keep an eye on any valuables whilst the other is enjoying the sea. Although this is a logical solution it is not always the most practical or fun ways to ensure your valuables are secure.
How to Keep Valuables Safe at the Beach
Take only what you need to take! If you don’t need to take your phone or wallet then don’t take them. The fewer valuables the less you will have to worry that they are secure.
Plan ahead. Pack a security product that has been designed for the beach… There are a number of products that have been developed to prevent beach thefts.
They include the following products designed to hide valuables at the beach:
Tan Safe – This has been developed to work as a ‘stealth safe’ as it looks like an ordinary bottle of suntan lotion but secretly it holds valuables such as mobile phones, credit cards, keys and cash. This product also has a watertight seal that will protect it from being damaged by water or sand.
Beach Vault – An entrepreneur has recently invented a unique locker that can screw into the sand and holds valuables such as purses, mobile phones, small tablets and money. The gadget is closed by a waterproof lid. Although an innovative idea there is nothing to stop a thief from taking the whole thing.
Portable Compact Safe – Sentry have designed a beach safe for valuables that is ideal for use on the beach or by the pool as it can be attached to a lounger or parasol via a security cable.
All gadgets should be protected against any possible damage from water or sand. You can do this by putting your valuables in a waterproof wallet.
You don’t need to spend money on security products for the beach.
Items found around the house can be used as an alternative such as nappies, deodorant sticks (do not use any type of deodorant can) and Pringle pots to make your own ‘beach safe’. Let’s just face it no one is going to go through a nappy that could be dirty to look for valuables. YouTube channel ‘NoClueHowTo’ demonstrates how a deodorant bottle can be used to keep your valuables safe at the beach.
Home Security when Going on Holiday
It’s important that you don’t advertise that you are leaving your house unattended when going away on holiday. If a burglar suspects the house is empty, they are more likely to target it. There are some steps you can take to make sure your home does not become a target while on holiday.
Cancel your newspaper or milk delivery– nothing makes a house seem empty than 5 newspapers sticking out of the letterbox, or 7 pints of milk sat on the doorstep. So, it’s important to make sure you suspend any subscriptions while you’re away.
Lamps on Timers- you can buy timers for your plugs quite cheaply. This means you can set you lights to go on and off throughout the day, which gives the impression that someone is occupying the house.
Install a security camera- most modern security cameras come with an app that means you can check them anywhere in the world. Installing one of these security cameras, means you can have peace of mind when you are away, as you can check on your house anytime of the day or night.
Set your alarm- simple and effective, if you have a house alarm…. set it. Nothing deters a burglar quite like a very loud repetitive noise, so even if someone does attempt to break in, they will hopefully be scared away.