Home tips to survive the festive season

2016-12-15 06:01

GOING on holiday can be exciting, especially if you taking your whole family with you. But leaving your home unattended for longer periods may attract criminals. You don’t want to return home from a lovely holiday only to discover that all your valuables are gone.

Limit the chances of this happening with these simple tips:

• Arrange that the premises be guarded by a registered security company.

• Notify the security company of your period of absence so that they can intensify the patrols

• Ensure that your premises are properly locked before leaving.

• Where possible, arrange with a relative or friend to look after your premises during the period of your absence.

• Lock away valuables in safes or storerooms.

• Ensure that your post is not pilling up in a post box, which may alert possible criminals of your absence. You can arrange with post office not to deliver post during this period.

• Do not leave gates or garage doors opened during periods of absence.

Children must be equipped with necessary safety equipment when next to swimming pools or beaches.

• Install proper security gates to deny criminals easy access to your premises.

• Install a proper alarm system that will notify the security company of unauthorised access to your premises.

• Arrange with a relative or friend to always come to switch lights on because dark premises also attract criminal activity, especially if left for a long period of time.

• Arrange for garden services to continue because tall grass can be a hint to criminals that the property is unattended.

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