Home security checklist - Seven things to do before going on holiday

Before you jet off on your holiday, check out these seven quick and easy ways to help keep your home safe while you’re away:

1. Ask for help

Many of us will ask a friend, neighbour or relative to water the plants while we’re away, but it’s also a good idea to ask them to do a few other simple, practical things that will make your house looked ‘lived in’.

Checking that all mail is fully pushed through your letterbox and remembering to take out the bins and bring them back in again will help to give the impression that you’re at home. A promise of goodies from duty free should help clinch the deal… 

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2. Don’t tell EVERYONE you’re away

Booking your holiday is a really exciting time. Let’s face it, you deserve a break! Try not to shout about it too much though - it’s a good idea not to count down the days until you leave on social media for example. There’s no need to potentially put your home at risk by telling people you don’t know that well all about your plans.

3. Unplug your electricals

Avoid getting any nasty shocks when you arrive home by unplugging all of your appliances including your TV, computer, games console, oven and washing machine. As well as saving energy, this should also protect your technology from power surges and, in the worst case scenario, electrical fires. 

4. Turn off the water supply

Did you know that escape of water is one of the most common insurance claims for homeowners? If you’re going on holiday and your home is going to empty, make sure you reduce the chance of having a water leak by turning off your water supply.

Familiarise yourself with the location of your main stopcock – they’re usually found under the kitchen sink or in an airing cupboard. Turn the valve clockwise to shut off the supply. Then, turn on all the taps in the property, starting from the lowest point, to check there’s no more water running through the system.

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5. Check your Home Insurance cover

Going on holiday is a good reason to check that your home and contents insurance is up to date. Don’t leave it to chance - should the worst happen, it’s helpful if you’ve got the right level of cover in place to insure your belongings. 

6. Set timers and lock up

Remember to check that all of your windows are securely locked and that your security alarm has been set. It could be an idea to invest in an automatic timer to switch your lights on and off - there are even devices that give the impression your TV is on to help deter opportunistic burglars.

7. Put your valuables away

Check that any valuables are placed well out of sight and that your jewellery is put away in a secure place. If you have expensive bikes or equipment in your garage or shed, it’s best to bring them inside the house where they’re likely to be more secure.

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