With burglaries and thefts increasing during the holidays, it’s always a good idea to take extra precautions to protect your property, especially if you’re planning a trip away from home for the holidays.
At Vuka, we care about your personal safety as well as helping you protect your belongings, so we’ve put together a few helpful tips to protect your home when you’re away on holiday:
Keep it Under Wraps
You want to create the illusion that you’re still home so avoid telling strangers or unnecessary people about your proposed trip, especially on social media. While you’re packing your vehicle, try to be discreet to avoid attention. Ask friends, family members or neighbours to check your home regularly and if possible, get them to park their car in your driveway occasionally. You could even get a few smart lightbulbs that turn on and off on their own or through an app.
Lock Up Your Possessions
In addition to locking every door and window on your property, it’s a good idea to lock up anything lying around the yard, such as braai stands, bicycles or skateboards in your garage. It may also be wise to purchase a safe to secure your valuables throughout the year.
A Fully Working Alarm System
Your alarm system should be tested before you leave to make sure every sensor is working and that all entry points are covered. Furthermore, the presence of a dog on the property is a great deterrent, however, if you don’t have one, it doesn’t hurt to install a “Beware of the dog” sign at your front gate.
Avoid Holiday Posts on Social Media
We know it’s tempting to post all the fabulous pictures of your vacation while you’re away but try to hold off until you return. Publicly sharing the fact that you’re not home is like an open call to criminals to tell them you’re not coming home anytime soon. The other option is to make all your social media profiles private.
Erase Signs that You’re Not Home
If you usually have the newspaper delivered to your house, cancel the subscription for the duration of your holiday or have a neighbour fetch your newspaper every day. Additionally, nominate someone to take out your trash, which creates the perception that you are home.
Perhaps the easiest way to ensure your home is protected while you’re away is having a friend or relative house sit for you. Lay down some ground rules to make sure things don’t get out of hand.
Always double-check everything you do before heading out for that vacation. To give yourself peace of mind, you can take out some additional cover to protect your belongings.