Is yours one of the few houses in the street with an alarm, dog or well-secured doors and windows or where the occupants come and go at irregular times? Then give yourself a big tick for offering the least opportunity to aspiring thieves. But if you are going on holiday over the Christmas period you might want to make your home even less attractive to opportunistic thieves by using this holiday security checklist.
- Leave a light on inside if you intend returning home after dark. The light should be visible from the street and give the impressions that the house is occupied. Consider using an automatic lighting timer.
- Never leave notes. Thieves can read too.
- Keep blinds and curtains partly open to give the house a "lived in" appearance, if you are going away for some length of time.
- Cancel all regular deliveries, e.g. milk, newspapers so the stockpile doesn’t give the game away5. Ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your home and collect any other deliveries which may be made during your absence.
- Ask a friend or neighbour to park a car in your driveway from time to time.
And remember to make things tough for anyone who has the temerity to have a go. There are a number of simple things you can do, for example, lock away all portable garden equipment, tools, ladders or anything that could be used to break into your house and securely lock your garage; most breaking-in implements are found there.(I’ve been told). Take your keys or leave them with a friend. don’t hide them and the easiest thing to do is ensure all doors and windows are locked.
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