Everyone enjoys a holiday, but you want to come home and find everything as you left it. Almost half of all burglaries happen when a flat or house is empty, but a little preparation before you go away can really help to reduce your risk of crime.
Northamptonshire Police is sharing security advice to help protect your home while you’re not there. Use these tips to keep your home secure.
Make your home look occupied:
- Don't close your curtains – in daytime this indicates the house is empty
- Use automatic timers to turn lights on in the evening
- Cancel milk or newspaper deliveries so they can’t stack up
- Cut the lawn before you go and trim back any plants that burglars could hide behind
- Ask a trusted family member, friend or neighbour to look after your home. They can collect your mail, open and close the curtains, switch on lights, and even mow your lawn or park on your drive
When you go away:
- Let a trusted neighbour know the dates you’ll be away, and give them details for contacting you, or someone who can act on your behalf, in an emergency
- Don’t label any keys you leave with your house number, address or name
- Put all tools and ladders away so they cannot be used to break into your house. Secure the garage and shed with proper security locks
- Don’t put your home address on luggage when you are travelling to your holiday destination
- When you’re ready to leave, lock all outside doors and windows, as well as garden or side gates. If you have a burglar alarm, make sure it is set
- Just before you set off, check you've done all your security preparations and have everything you need with you
- Avoid posting about your holiday on social media while you’re away. If you do, make sure your accounts are set to private, so only people you’re friends with can see what you post. Only accept friend requests from people you know and trust
If you return home to find you’ve had a break-in, call 101 or report it online. If you disturb a crime in progress or there’s a risk to life, call 999.
Find more crime prevention advice at www.northants.police.uk/advice/prevention