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Keeping your home safe while you're away

Going away on holiday should be a relaxing experience, free from the everyday stresses of home and work, a chance to unwind. To help you do this, we’ve put together top tips to help keep your home safe while you’re away.

  • Lock all doors and windows. Use a key on UPVC windows if you’ve got them.
  • Make sure any side and/or back gate is locked. Lock your shed or garage.
  • Don’t leave your car keys or ID documents near doors, windows, or your letterbox.
  • Make sure your boiler is turned down low on summer settings.
  • Switch off and unplug all electrical appliances that are not needed, except your fridge/freezer.
  • Double check all taps around the home are turned off.
  • If you know and trust your neighbours let them know you'll be away. Ask if they mind keeping an eye on your home, picking up your mail and putting away your bins.
  • Cancel milk/newspapers so they aren't sitting on the doorstep which is a sure sign of an empty house.
  • If you can, set indoor lights to a timer in the evening so it seems like someone is home.
  • Leave curtains and blinds open. If you draw them it looks like no-one’s around in the day. Keep them open as you usually would, just make sure all expensive items are out of sight.
  • Try not to broadcast the fact you’re going away on social media networks. Remember anyone can see that information.
  • Be careful who you tell in general, if you take a taxi to the airport don't mention how long you’re away for or share details of where your keys are etc.
  • Make sure your home and its contents are insured.

For more crime prevention tips and advice on how to make your home secure visit the Police website, or speak to your Community Support Officer. In an emergency, always dial 999.

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