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Top tips for keeping your home secure in summer

Tue January 17, 2017

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Many Australians take advantage of the gorgeous weather that we enjoy during January, February and March by embarking on a well deserved holiday. The beach is a particularly popular destination, providing a chance to rest and recharge after the busy festive season and before getting back into the work year properly. These little vacations are important for our wellbeing, but nothing ruins them quicker than a burglary back at home - especially if you've only recently bought a property during the busy end of year period. 

Even just worrying about a theft can put a damper on your trip, so it's a good idea to make sure your home is secured before you travel. In this article, we'll run through some of the most important ways to keep your property protected so you can really enjoy a seaside holiday. 

It can be easy to forget about potential entry points, but having a quick sweep may just reveal a few weaknesses that need to be addressed.

Upgrade your alarms and locks

The best and most obvious way to keep your home safe is to ensure that you've got a reliable alarm system and sturdy locks. You might think that your existing security measures are more than enough, but if they are out of date, there are a few key benefits to upgrading. Modern technology means that items such as motion-detecting lights or alarms are now relatively cheap, and can be easily installed as an extra layer of security. 

Locks are just as important as your alarm system, with ABS reporting that as many as 60 per cent of burgled houses in Australia were compromised by a weak or faulty mechanism. It can be easy to forget about potential entry points, but having a quick sweep may just reveal a few weaknesses that need to be addressed. A very common example is upper floor windows, which often aren't that difficult to climb up to. Old latches - or potentially none at all - on these windows may not seem like a big deal, but it's still worth getting a few new ones installed for peace of mind.

Are your locks up to standard? Are your locks up to standard?

Be prepared and ask for help

As we've touched on, the biggest way to avoid being burgled during the summer holiday season is to make it look as though somebody is home. Even with a great alarm system and sturdy locks, thieves may still be bold if they know for certain that they won't be disturbed. 

If a potential thief sees the lights on in the evening, they'll be far less likely to figure out that you are away on holiday.

Tell tale giveaways that nobody is home include bins left on the curb and mounting piles of mail spilling from the letterbox. These sorts of signs are easy to hide, but you'll need to be prepared and get a bit of assistance. Ask a neighbour to collect your mail, or take the bins inside after collection day, and it will be far harder to tell that you're off enjoying the sun and the surf. If your neighbours are going to be away as well, then ask a family member. 

Making it look like you're home is an area where automatic interior lights can come in very helpful. If a potential thief sees the lights on in the evening, they'll be far less likely to figure out that you are away on holiday. You can even get window shades that are automatic, which isn't just helpful for when you're away, but also pretty handy when you can't be bothered getting off the couch on one of those lazy Sunday afternoons!

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