home security is of prime importance while people are away enjoying their holiday. Fortunately, these days there is a wealth of affordable yet effective measures that people can take to keep their property guarded
(PRWEB UK) 7 May 2013
When planning a much-needed getaway, it is easy for people to forget that uninhabited homes are a prime target for opportunistic burglars.
With this in mind, Crime Prevention Products (CPP) offers two crucial tips for people to keep in mind so that they don’t return home to a nasty surprise.
Keep Up Appearances
The first step for home security when people go on holiday is to notify a friend, family member or trusted neighbour when they will be away, so that they can maintain key appearances which make it look as if the property is inhabited. For example, CPP warns that one of the main ways that potential intruders scout a home to see if the owners are present is to look through the front door letterbox to see if there is a build-up of post lying on the floor. Other key give-aways which signals to criminals that a property is unguarded and ripe for the picking are the build-up of newspapers on the door mat, as well as a lawn that is overgrown. If a friend can come in once or twice a week to tend to such matters, opportunistic burglars will think twice about targeting a property that is occupied.
A further tip advises CPP is to use the Royal Mail 'KEEP-SAFE' service - they will hold on to any post for a property while the occupants are on holiday so that it does not advertise a home is vacant. Do keep in mind however that the Royal Mail will need 5 days’ notice for this service.
Crime Prevention Products warn that another key way would-be burglars spot a vacant home is when the lights remain off at night for more than a day. They recommend that holidaymakers buy security timer switches – these handy yet inexpensive devices generally work as a simple plug socket adapter with a timer built in. The timer runs as long as the adapter is plugged in and the plug socket switched on - it can be set to automatically give power to anything that is plugged into it, including lights, TVs, radios or various other devices. Either people can set the timer to switch on and switch off a light or appliance at a set time each evening, or they can invest in a Remote Phone Switcher which will allow them to cleverly dial into their home telephone and instruct the unit to activate whatever appliance is plugged into the timer.
CEO of Crime Prevention Products, Terry Rattee, concluded: “Because most crimes are opportunistic, professional thieves make it their business to scout properties that are not occupied. For this reason, home security is of prime importance while people are away enjoying their holiday. Fortunately, these days there is a wealth of affordable yet effective measures that people can take to keep their property guarded. In addition, the two top tips we have outlined are simple to implement but they make all the difference in duping criminals into believing that a property is safely occupied.”