How to keep your home safe while you're away

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May 30, 2024
Young African-American couple loading their suitcases into their car on their driveway, getting ready to go on holiday. They are happy and smiling at each other.
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Essential tips to safeguard your home while you're on holiday

Planning a holiday is always exciting, but ensuring your home is secure while you're away is equally important. At BIG Warranties, we understand the importance of safeguarding your home and belongings, whether you're away for a few hours or an extended vacation. That's why our experts have compiled ten practical tips to keep your home safe and secure while you're away.

1. Secure all entry points

Before leaving, double-check that all doors and windows are locked securely. Consider installing deadbolts on doors and using window locks to add an extra layer of security. Don't forget about garage doors and any other entry points, such as basement windows or side doors.

2. Install a smart doorbell

A smart video doorbell can be an excellent tool for monitoring activity around your home. They connect to your smartphone, alerting you when someone is at your door and allowing you to see and communicate with visitors in real-time. The motion detection sensors work day and night, providing valuable footage in case of any suspicious activity or burglary, which can be useful for police reports and insurance claims.

3. Use smart lighting

Smart lighting systems can help deter burglars by making it appear that someone is home. You can schedule these lights to turn on and off at various times, creating a convincing illusion of occupancy. They are also energy-efficient, so you can keep your home safe without a significant increase in your electricity bill.

4. Park a car in your driveway

Leaving a car parked in your driveway or having a neighbour park theirs there can make it seem like someone is home. This is an effective deterrent for potential burglars. If you're leaving your car, ensure it's locked and no valuables are visible inside.

5. Hide your valuables

Keep valuable items like jewellery, electronics, and important documents out of sight. Store them in secure locations, such as a safe or in drawers and cupboards that are not easily accessible. Ensure that large items that are harder to move, like TVs and game consoles, are in rooms with closed blinds or curtains.

6. Don't broadcast your absence

Be cautious about sharing your travel plans on social media. Posting about your holiday while you're still away can alert potential intruders that your home is unoccupied. We recommend sharing your holiday photos and stories once you're back.

7. Unplug non-essential electronics

Unplugging electronics like TVs, computers and kitchen appliances can prevent potential fire hazards and save energy. Use surge protectors for appliances that must remain plugged in.

8. Check your burglar alarm

If you have a burglar alarm, ensure it's working properly before you leave. Make sure the external alarm box is visible, which can deter potential intruders. Schedule a maintenance check if it's due, and verify that your alarm system meets your insurance requirements.

9. Inform your neighbours

Let a trusted neighbour know about your travel plans so they can keep an eye on your property. Provide them with your contact information and the details of any other friends or family members who might be checking on your home.

10. Avoid leaving spare keys outside

While it might seem convenient, leaving a spare key under a doormat or a rock is a risk. Instead, leave your spare key with a trusted neighbour or family member. If necessary, use a secure key box with a code.

Taking these precautions can significantly enhance your home's security and give you the peace of mind to enjoy your holiday. At BIG Warranties, we are dedicated to helping you protect your home with our reliable appliance, home emergency and boiler cover. For more information on how we can support you, contact us or get a quote today. Enjoy your travels knowing your home is safe and secure!

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