With December being one of the busiest months of
the year, many South Africans plan their holidays and go away over the
Christmas and New Year period. With the current house break-in rates in the
country, homeowners worry about their home security, which can put a damper on
their holiday. We’ve put together 5 tips that can help you protect your home
and put your mind at ease.
Leave some lights on at home
This will help create the illusion
that there is someone at home. Leaving your house in complete darkness can
invite unwanted criminals to sneak in undetected. A motion detector light or
lighting with a timer that you can control can also be a good option.
Make sure everything is locked up
A week before you leave, check
that all your locks on your doors work properly, and that all your windows can
close so that if there is anything faulty, you can fix it before you go. On the
day you leave, make sure all your windows are closed and all doors leading into
the house are locked.
Ensure your alarm system is working
Make sure your cameras, sensors,
beams and other security components are in good working order. This should be
done a few weeks before your holiday, to avoid rushing around last minute.
Hide or lock your valuables in a safe
Easy-to-grab items may be tempting
to criminals. Lock up your most important valuables, personal and financial
items and information in a safe.
Have someone check-up on the house
Ask a friend or family member who
lives close by to check up on the house every few days. You can also ask them
to be an emergency contact for the alarm company.
We all know that leaving your
house to go on holiday can be a stressful situation. Put your mind at ease and
take our 5 tips into consideration when you depart for your festive season