Securing Your Home This Christmas Holiday

Securing Your Home This Christmas Holiday

Summer is in full swing and the schools are almost out for the year. This is the time that most South Africans plan to get on the road to visit family and friends for the Christmas holiday. But before you can get going, some of your holiday preparations should include securing your home while you are travelling.

In fact, securing your home should be quite high on your priority list. There is a distinct comfort attached to coming home to your personal space just as you had left it.

In fact, securing your home should be quite high on your priority list. There is a distinct comfort attached to coming home to your personal space just as you had left it.

 

Protecting Your Property

 

Set a little time aside to secure your home with these simple to-do items.

1. Speak to a trusted neighbour.

Inform a neighbour, who will be staying at home, of your plans to travel. Provide them with a spare key so that they can have access in case of an emergency. Ask them to help you make your home ‘lived-in’ by switching lights on and off, opening and closing curtains, removing mail and newspapers from your driveway and maybe parking their car there every now and again.

2. Check all your locks.

Ensure that all the locks on your doors and windows work properly. Don’t forget to check that your tool shed, or any other outbuilding, is adequately secure. Change any locks that are not in good working condition or if you do not have all the spare keys in your possession.

3. Do not advertise your trip.

Beware of what you share on your social media updates. Some profiles are set to be viewed publicly and you might unsuspectingly advertise the fact that you are not home.

4. Check your alarm system.

Make sure that it is in good working condition and have it tested by your provider. A great way to deter intruders is to ask your security provider to display their logo around the perimeter of your home. A noisy alarm or gadget will definitely chase an intruder away before they can have a good look around.

5. Pack away all your valuables.

Don’t advertise your possessions by displaying them where they can be spotted from a window. Remove valuable items and store them in a different room or under your furniture.

6. Assess your home from outside.

Think like a burglar. What do you see when you look at your home? Look for any weak spots, like a window that can be used as an entry point or a spare key that might be hidden under a rock. Make sure your tools and ladders are secured and out of the way. Mow the lawn the day before you leave and trim back any bushes that might provide a quiet hiding spot.

 

Securing your home is as easy as these above-mentioned steps, leaving you to fully enjoy your holiday. With a little time spent before you go, you can ensure that your home remains the haven that you’ve come to know and love.

The Milkwood Townhouse Complex is a brand-new housing development that promotes community living in a secure environment. With our family-friendly mindfulness, these homes are ideal for those looking to raise their family in a safe environment. Please contact one of our agents if you would like to book a viewing appointment.

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