It is important to make the proper protection of your residence while you are away, part of that planning process.
Everyone is eager for the December holidays to arrive. Most of us
have been planning exactly what we will be doing and where we will be
recharging. It is important to make the proper protection of your residence
while you are away, part of that planning process.
“We’ve all had a long and hard year and being preoccupied with
summer holidays is certainly understandable. There are a couple of easy things
you can do now already to make sure everything is ready by the time you fly
off. It could help also prevent any nasty last-minute surprises if you focus on
these checks today,” says Charnel Hattingh, Group Head of Marketing and
Communications at Fidelity ADT.
The first and most important step to take, she said, is to
regularly test your alarm to ensure that it is in good working order. This
testing should include any outdoor elements that are exposed to adverse weather
conditions, as well as batteries and passive motion sensors.
It is also a good idea to let your security company know what your
holiday plans are and how best to get in touch with you in the event of an
Hattingh offers more tips to make sure your residential property
is protected and safe when you are not there:
- Cut back any bushes or trees
that may offer easy access over walls or gates to your property, or provide
places for criminals to hide
- Inform your neighbours and
neighbourhood watch of your holiday plans so that they can keep an eye on your
- If hiring a house-sitter,
ensure that you teach them how to use your alarm correctly
- If you don’t have a
house-sitter, ask a neighbour or a friend to turn on lights occasionally so
that there is a sense that someone is around. If this is not possible, consider
putting your outside lights on a timer
- Double-check that you have
locked and secured all windows and doors before leaving home
- Turn off your geyser and any
unnecessary electrical appliances so you can save on electricity and be
environmentally friendly friendly
“We also recommend that people be careful and discreet about
packing for a long journey and to not give any indication that your home might
be unattended for an extended period,” says Hattingh.
“It doesn’t matter if you are relaxing at home or next to the
ocean these holidays. If something were to happen to you or a loved one, make
sure you know who to contact for emergency assistance,” says Hattingh.