- June 6, 2022
Top Tips For Securing Your Valuables During The Summer
Jetting off on holiday this summer?
Whilst you’re working on your beach bod, booking flights and thinking about what to pack, burglars are patiently waiting for homeowners to leave their properties unattended so they can break in.
Even if you’re only going on staycation or a weekend city break, it’s crucial that you don’t let the most basic security standards slide, as thieves will take every opportunity they can to get into your house and help themselves to your possessions.
Here the team at eSafes offer top tips to help you safeguard your home and valuables throughout the summer and beyond.
7 home security tips for the summer
1. Close and lock your windows and doors
With warmer weather on the cards, you’re more than likely to crack open the windows and leave doors ajar while you sit out in the garden and soak up the sunshine. That’s absolutely fine – but be mindful of leaving those on the ground floor open and unlocked. Intruders could let themselves into your home whilst you’re preoccupied.
If you’re preparing for a holiday or day trip, make sure you double-check all windows and doors are secure before you head out the door. This includes the garage and shed.
2. Keep valuables out of plain sight
Whether you’re taking a suitcase, holdall or picnic box, the chances are you won’t be able to take all your valuable belongings with you on your trip. That’s why you must ensure that expensive gadgets such as laptops, tablets and work phones are hidden from view, and other small items are locked away inside a safe.
Storing possessions in a safe will prevent outsiders from spotting your valuables through the window if curtains or blinds are left open while you’re out. And depending on the model you choose, it can be installed in a concealed spot (i.e. in the wall or under the floor), which is the last place burglars would think to look!
3. Set the alarm before you leave the house
In a rush to get on the road and start your vacation? You’re bound to be excited, but you mustn’t forget to set the alarm. Not setting the alarm not only puts your property and possessions at greater risk of being stolen or damaged but it could invalidate your insurance should you need to make a claim.
Some burglar alarms are linked to a camera system that allows you to keep an eye on the place no matter where you are in the world. Have you got one of these? If so, be sure to make the most of it.
4. Ask a friend to park on your drive while you’re on holiday
Driving yourself to the airport? Going on a road trip?
If you usually park on your driveway when you’re home, it’s worth asking someone you trust if they would mind parking their car where you normally do. It could be a neighbour, close family friend, relative or colleague. This will give the impression that there’s someone in, acting as a deterrent for thieves.
If you don’t have a drive, why not ask someone to keep an eye on the house while you’re away? If you really wanted, you could give them a key so they can draw the curtains, switch on the lights and move your mail from the letterbox.
5. Install motion sensors
Is your property well-lit? Whilst it’s a good idea to use timers for your indoor lights, you also want to be confident that your property is illuminated outside too – especially blind spots where burglars could hide.
Something as simple as adding motion sensors or motion-activated lights around the permitter of your property can thwart would-be criminals and alert you (or your neighbours) if someone is moving around outside.
6. Don’t advertise your holiday on social media
You’re eager to get away for some much-needed sun, sea and sand – either with your other half, BFF or the kids – we get it. However, as tempting as it may be, you want to avoid ‘checking in’ on social media.
Uploading snaps to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat not only makes your friends and followers envious but declares that your house is empty. And if your account isn’t private, you can’t be too sure who’ll see what you post – giving opportunists the green light to break in.
7. Secure your spare keys
Many people opt to keep a spare key under an object (e.g. a plant pot or doormat) to prevent lockouts. But this is not recommended – especially if you’re leaving your home and possessions unattended.
If you’ve got spare keys, make sure you find a safe place to store them. Again, safes are an excellent choice for securing such items but you can also use a key cabinet. We have plenty of different options to choose from here at eSafes.
Want to know more?
As security specialists, we provide a wide range of security safes perfect for protecting everything from private and confidential documents to delicate jewellery, electronics and spare keys.
We pride ourselves on offering the most competitive prices around and can guide and advise you on the most suitable safe for your needs.
Get in touch
Got a question about securing your property and valuables? The team at eSafes is always on hand to help and will be more than happy to share their expertise.
- June 6, 2022