Time to get away for a bit. Relax. Unwind. Catch up with friends and family.
But stop right there…
Will your home and/or business be safe and secure while you’re away?
The last thing you want putting a damper on your holiday is finding out you’ve been burgled or vandalised.
So to avoid that pain, we’ve put together a list of security do’s and don’ts.
Have a read, take some action if needed, and enjoy your holiday.
Do make your security visible
Place security cameras in plain sight, make sure your alarm is easily visible. Put up security signage, inform intruders that you have a security monitoring system in place. Warn them off!
Do arm your alarm
Seems obvious but you’d be amazed how many people forget in their rush to get out the door!
Do enlist trusted neighbours or alarm monitoring
Let neighbours you know and trust know about your plans. Ask them to keep an eye on things. For your business, consider having your alarm temporarily monitored over the holiday period.
Do Park your vehicles inside
This is especially important for trade vehicles. Your van will be full of tools (you’re not using them are you!). If you can’t park your vehicles inside than find a safe place, well lit and with plenty of people around.
Don’t leave windows or doors unlocked
Again, obvious. But what about those wobbly latches or flimsy locks? Sort those out (and remember to shut and lock all doors and windows too).
Don’t let burglars know what you got for Xmas
Packaging from your TV or PlayStation – that’s a magnet for burglars. Let’s them know what they’ll find inside your house. Don’t leave it sticking out of the recycling.
Don’t leave valuables in plain site
Place any expensive valuables, such as electronics, where they can’t be seen from outside. Hide any jewellery and valuables well so that they’re safe even if a burglar manages to get into the house (ie: not the top drawer in the master bedroom).
For your business, this advice applies to any tools and equipment, computers and electronics. Keep them out of site and difficult to access.
Don’t leave anything lying around that could help a burglar
There’s nothing handier than a ladder when it comes to reaching high windows. Or a heavy object to throw through a window. Have a look around outside and put away anything that could help someone break in.
Need help getting your security sorted? Whether for home or business Be Alarmed offers a range of security solutions including alarm systems, CCTV and access control. Give me (Gavin) a call on 027 578 1298. Or request a quote now.