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How to keep your home safe while you're on holiday

When getting ready to go on holiday you’re likely to be focused on where you’re going and what you’ll be doing. But before setting off there are a few things to take care of. 

If your home is going to be left unattended for a period of time, you want to do everything you can so when you return everything is as you left it and there are no nasty surprises. 

Here are our top tips for keeping your home and possessions safe.

1. Notify a neighbour

It can be useful to let a trusted neighbour or family member know that you’ll be going away. They can keep an eye on the house and let you know if they see anything strange or unusual.

2. Get smart

Smart lights can be set up to make it appear someone’s home to deter burglars and smart doorbells and indoor security cameras can be controlled from your smartphone so you can check if everything is as you want it to be. Some technology can also monitor your home for leaks and smoke. If anything is detected, you can get an alert on your phone and take steps to rectify the situation. 

3. Be careful what you broadcast

Thieves may check your social media profiles to find out when to target you, so consider what you’re posting and who can view it. It may be best not to broadcast the fact your home will be empty.  

4. Contact your alarm company

If you have a security system in place, notify the security company that you’ll be away. It’s also worth checking your alarm system has recently been serviced and is working as it should be.

5. Check the weather forecast

The weather forecast for your trip is important, but so is the forecast at home. Tie down items in your garden that could blow over in strong winds and think about clearing gutters before you go away. If loose leaves and debris block up the gutters, it can fill up, overflow and eventually pull the gutters loose. 

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