Your home is your castle, and there are a number of things you can do to ensure it is not targeted by individuals while you are away.
  • Make it appear that someone is home, e.g. don't close your curtains because during the day this shows your house is empty. Also, use automatic timer-switches to turn your lights and radios on when it goes dark.
  • Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries. Ten green bottles on your doorstep is a bit of a giveaway.
  • Friendly with your neighbours? They may be able to help you by collecting your post or parking their car on your driveway.
  • If you take a taxi, use a company you can rely on, and when having a chat, don't give too much away on your holiday plans. Make it sound like you have a house-sitter, whether you do or not.
  • Leave important documents and valuable items with other family members. Alternatively lock them in a safe.
  • Leave your home address off of your luggage when you are travelling to your holiday destination. A house number and postcode will suffice if you want to label your luggage.
  • If you normally leave bicycles or similar items in your shed, consider putting them in the house.
  • Make sure that you lock all outside doors and windows and set your burglar alarm if you have one.
  • Avoid posting public messages on social media that you're away from home.



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