Going away this long weekend? Great! We’re sure you’re already concerned about the safety of your home and possessions when you’re away. Here are some tips you may have not thought of for improving the security of your home in your absence. 

1. Keep a low profile on social media 
As exciting as it is that you’re going away, avoid making your plans known on social media. Don’t ‘check-in’ at the different places you visit or post pictures of your holiday until you are back. This way, opportunistic buglers won’t know your exact whereabouts. 

2. Leave a key with a friend or family member 
Leave a key with a family member or trusted friend so that they can check on your home periodically and ensure that all is still in order. Consider hiring a house-sitter or ask a relative to stay at your house while you’re away. Whatever you do, don’t leave a spare key somewhere on your property. 

3. Alert your security company 
Let your security company know when you will be away and how long you will be away so that they can make it a point to patrol around your home. 

4. Beef-up your security 
– Inspect the fencing around your house to see that there are no gaps and holes where intruders can come in. 
– Double check the alarm and see if it is working correctly before you leave Lock away valuables like jewellery in a safe.
– Check that the CCTV is working as it should around your home
– Check that your electric fence is working properly
– Hide away all tools and garden equipment so that they cannot be used to break into your house in your absence
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5. Look out for your electrical appliances 
– Turn off and unplug non-essential appliances like microwave ovens, TVs, geysers, etc. when you are going away to protect them from power surges, in case of power failures or load shedding. 
– Consider installing surge protectors to be sure that your appliances will be safe from power surges. 
   
6. Revisit insurance policies
Check if everything is in order with your policy, and check which items are covered and which ones aren’t.  Be sure to take inventory of your valuables before leaving so that you know if something is missing. 

You might also want to read this post on safety tips to consider when going on holiday, and this one on cost-effective ways to keep your home safe.

Sources
https://www.privateproperty.co.za/advice/property/articles/how-to-keep-your-home-and-family-safe-during-the-holidays/6128 
https://rekordcenturion.co.za/166795/protect-appliances-load-shedding
https://ordinarytraveler.com/protect-home-while-on-vacation 
https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/consumer-advice/consumer-rights/a541353/how-to-keep-your-home-safe-while-you-are-away/