Your holiday has been booked for months, your suitcase is packed, and you’re looking forward to relaxing in the sun; but have you thought about how your home will be looked after while you’re away? And what about those valuable items you’ll take with you on your travels?
Yale’s top 10 tips for securing your home this summer:
1. According to The Home Office, 56% of burglaries take place during the evening, so be wary of leaving windows open on a warm night when you go to bed.
2. Don’t leave valuable items in reach of an open window, letterbox or cat flap if you have one – i.e. keys, wallets/purses, bags, mobile phones or iPads.
3. Install a home alarm, so that if the worst happens and there is a break in, you can be alerted quickly and your neighbours can contact the police if necessary. They also act as a good visual deterrent.
4. After a day in the garden, remember to put tools and toys in a locked shed or garage overnight as expensive outdoor equipment can be a very tempting proposition for opportunistic thieves.
5. Caravans and motorhomes are also at risk during the summer months. Yale offers inexpensive battery-powered stand-alone alarms, which are ideal for securing mobile homes.
6. Always lock your doors and windows, even when you’re at home or in the garden – it only takes a minute for a burglar to sneak in.
7. ‘Checking in’ at holiday locations on social media or posting holiday photos can be risky, offering an open invitation to criminals, so take the time to check your settings.
8. Also beware of accepting new friends or connections online if you aren’t associated with them personally. Burglars can pose as ‘friends’ to find out more about you and your home.
9. For maximum protection, secure external timber doors using a mortice lock and/or nightlatch that meets British Standard BS3621. If you have a PVCu or composite door it is a good idea to upgrade the euro profile cylinder in the multipoint lock to a British Standard TS007 3 star Kitemark cylinder.
As well as protecting your home when you’re away, Yale offers a number of travel security solutions. If you’re heading to the US, then tighter airline security procedures mean your luggage is more likely to be opened and examined by airport officials. Yale’s range of TSA padlocks and lockable luggage straps offer a special security feature that allows US security personnel to open and re-lock your luggage without causing any damage to your bags.Yale also offers a handy ‘travel safe’, which is a convenient alternative to hotel safes (that often cost extra), and can be attached to any fixed object in your hotel room or while you’re out and about to keep your belongings safe. The slimline safe is large enough to hold your passport, jewellery and small electrical goods, yet compact enough to take around with you.
This complete range of security solutions allow you to relax back and enjoy your holiday safe in the knowledge that you, and your belongings, are safe and secure.
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