Preventing Burglaries during Holidays

Preventing Burglaries during Holidays

Sunday, 11th December 2016

Keep Up Appearances 

  • If possible, consider a house-sitter to look after your home while you’re away
  • Put a stop on your mail or ensure it is collected regularly and not left overflowing in your letterbox
  • Cancel any newspaper subscriptions – uncollected newspapers can tell burglars you’re not at home
  • Arrange for a neighbour to take your bins out and in
  • Ask a neighbour to occasionally park their car in your driveway
  • Arrange for a neighbour or friend to maintain your garden and mow your lawn
  • Turn down the volume on your telephone so burglars cannot hear it ringing
  • Set up a timer for a lamp or lights to come on at night
  • Set up a timer for a radio to turn on and off throughout the day
  • Be careful when posting holiday plans on social media – don’t advertise that your home is vacant

Lock Up and Improve Security

  • Install locks on all doors and windows
  • Install and activate an alarm system
  • Lock away tools and other items which could be used in a burglary

Follow the advice in the Preventing Burglaries From Homes Fact Sheet


Source: Help Yourself