March 24, 2024

Ways to improve security at home whilst travelling

If you’re one of the 64% of Brits planning an overseas getaway this year, you’ve got a lot to look forward to. Great weather, new cultures and tasty food can be enjoyed, but it’s also important to be wary of the dangers at home while you’re away. We’re talking, of course, about burglaries.

With your home being vacant for a set amount of time, you may become a target for criminals. Theft is, unfortunately, very common in the UK with an estimated 2.6 million cases in the year ending June 2023. It’s important that while you’re away, you don’t become another number in this statistic.

While taking out a comprehensive home insurance policy can give you peace of mind if there’s a break-in, you still won’t want it to happen. Try the following techniques to improve your security when travelling while considering what type of home insurance you will need.

Make your home look occupied

If your home looks vacant, it probably is and burglars will recognise that. Some of the obvious signs that you’re not home include:

– Your post piling up

– An empty driveway

– No lights on in the evenings

– A lawn that needs mowing

– Rubbish bins that haven’t been emptied

With many of these being unavoidable if you’re out of the country, you may need the help of a neighbour or friend. Ask them to put your bins out, collect your post and take any deliveries into the home. You may consider putting lights on a timer too.

Ensure everything is locked

It might sound obvious, but making sure your doors and windows are locked is a must. Criminals will enter your home in any way they can, so do a full check of every entry point into your home to make sure they’re locked.

Hide any valuables away

If you leave valuables on show, you might as well invite the thieves into your home. Make sure you store valuables like jewellery and the latest technology away to make your house seem less appealing to break into. Criminals are more likely to take the risk if they can see expensive items before they enter the home.

Invest in an alarm system

An alarm system can reduce your chances of being burgled. Once triggered, they’ll ring loudly for everyone nearby to hear and that can deter burglars. Some alarm systems can be monitored by an external company that’ll ring you and the police if a break-in is detected.

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Hi and welcome to The Willow Tree. I’m Michelle, also known as Shel and I am a mama to three beautiful crazy kids – I have two handsome boys and a wild and wonderful girl.

I really wanted a concrete place to share my love for travel, in particular Disney and offer my readers a chance to gain some knowledge around what we love to do as a family of 5.

I share our family adventures which include days out, travel advice and tips, holiday reviews, restaurant visits and of course, our love for Disney, including Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney World.

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