Home security checklist

Before going on vacation

Before you go on vacation, you need to think about your home security - so you wont have to worry about it while you are away, and won’t come back to a nasty surprise. Burglars tend to go for easier targets to avoid face-to-face encounters with an angry residents - so the best way to keep your home safe while you’re away is to make it seem like you are still there...

1. Set the lights on timers

Put the lights of your house on timers and set the program to light up your house at random – different times on different days - making it seem like someone is there and awake.

2. Cancel the newspaper delivery

Newspapers piling up outside your door or in your mailbox tell burglars that there is no one at home - stop your newspaper delivery while you are away.

3. Ask relatives/friends to pick up the mail / hold the mail at the post office

If the burglar can see lots of letters piling up, it's a clear sign you're away. Cancel your mail - or better still get a trusted friend or relative to collect it for you.

4. Leave the car parked in the driveway

Leaving your car in the driveway makes it look like someone is there - but even better if you can get a neighbour to park their car on your drive so it comes and goes throughout the day.

5. Store your valuables in a safe

Add to your home security by hiding valuables from anyone who may be peeking through your windows. A safe acts as a secondary line of defense if a  burglar does manage to break in to your home.

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6.  Lock all doors and windows

It may seem obvious, but the most important home security procedure is to lock all doors and windows before you go on vacation. With the home unoccupied for so many days, anything can happen.

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7. Set the alarm system

Again it may be obvious, but make sure you have set the alarm system to protect every door and window before you leave. You can set it to detect any motion in parts of your home – for example, the area where your safe is.

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8. Tell a trusted neighbor

Ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your house during your vacation. A real person watching out for anything unusual is a great way to keep your home secure - and always remember you can do the same for them when they go away.