Dec 3rd, 2009 by Johan Horak
A few tips before going away.
Test your alarm and make sure it is in working order. Do this in good time before you go away as December is a busy period for security companies and should the system require servicing you may need some time to sort it out.
Ensure your property is secure – that there are no holes in the fence or other vulnerable points of access to your home.
Ensure all bushes or trees close to your doors and garage are trimmed, to avoid the possibility of intruders hiding behind them
Stop all newspaper and other deliveries (if applicable) and arrange that someone collects your post while you are away. An overflowing post box or piles of newspapers are like a welcome mat for burglars.
Make sure anyone visiting the property (with your permission) knows how to use the alarm system correctly.
Ensure that all your outside locks are a minimum of four lever locks or double cylinder security locks and that all are in good working order.
Install an outdoor light or lights with timers and motion sensors to act as an additional deterrent.
Make sure your household and property insurance is paid, up-to-date and active.
Do not leave a message on your answering machine stating that you’re out of town.
Ensure that you have not left a key on the inside of an outer door that has glass panels or glass near the door lock.
Leaving dogs on the premises is a good security measure but obviously make sure they are well looked after while you are away.