10 Ways to keep your house secure these holidays

With the holidays upon us, the opportunity to get away for a bit of rest and relaxation is foremost on everyone’s mind. Unfortunately, thieves also see your holiday as an opportunity so we’ve created a list of 10 things you can do to keep your property secure these holidays:

  1. Ask someone you know to keep an eye on your house
  2. Stop delivery of mail, newspapers and milk or get someone to pick them up for you
  3. Use timers on your lights to make it appear there is someone home
  4. Install a home security system – you are three times less likely to be burglarized with one of these fitted
  5. Arrange to have your lawns mowed if you are away for more than three weeks
  6. Keep the outside of your home well lit – well lit areas are a deterrent for burglars
  7. Turn your phone ringer down or change the answer machine to pick up after a few rings
  8. Double check that all windows and doors are securely locked and that metal rods are placed in the window or sliding door tracks
  9. Examine your house from the street to make sure there are no valuables in sight
  10. Unplug your automatic garage door on the way out.