PLEASE do not let the excitement of a well-deserved holiday blind you to the risks of leaving your home unprotected.
Burglary is still one of the most common crimes, so it’s important to take precautions.
NHBC, the UK’s leading warranty provider and standard setting body for new build homes, offers some simple tips to help you keep your home and possessions safe and secure while you’re away on holiday.
Keep eyes on your property
Let your surrounding trustworthy neighbours know about your holiday plans so they can keep an eye on your house and notify the authorities if they see any suspicious activity.
Check your windows
Ground floor windows and any others that are easily reached by climbing are recommended to have an automatic lock at the press of a button that needs a key to open them.
Improve the security potential of your doors
It is important to have robust locks on both the front and back doors, as well as a 180° door viewer.
Do you have detection lighting?
Crime can be prevented by external detection security lighting that switches on after dark when someone is nearby, illuminating the general area.