Make sure you can head off on holiday without a worry by taking care of security arrangements for your home.
Our top 12 tips will help you avoid the anxiety of knowing your home is sitting empty for a couple of weeks while you are relaxing on your holiday.
Lock all windows and doors, not forgetting any garages, shed or other outbuildings
Set the security alarm if you have one
If it’s a monitored alarm don’t forget to give your monitoring station the details of the key holder.
Cancel deliveries of milk, newspapers or vegetable boxes – make sure you do this discreetly or over the phone. Don’t tell the whole shop you’re going away.
Put valuables out of sight
Make sure you move your laptop, car keys out of the way of prying eyes.
Make your home look occupied
If you can, get a neighbour to come in and pull the curtains. Invest in some timer switches to turn lights and a radio on and off.
Sort your post
Avoid a tell-tale build-up of post inside your front door by getting a neighbour to move it or asking Royal Mail to hold on to your letters until you return, using its Keepsafe service.
Occupy the driveway
If you have a drive, then ask a neighbour to park there occasionally – it will make it look as though people are coming and going.
Enlist the help of neighbourhood watch
ask members to keep an eye on your property.
Mow your lawn before you go
Make sure it doesn’t look overgrown.
Put away tools or ladders
They could be used to force entry to your home.
Get a safe
Use a home safe for important personal documents and your most valuable items such as jewellery.
Security mark your belongings
This makes them easier to be identified if taken.
Remember that your Churchill home insurance will cease to cover you against accidental damage or theft if your home has been unoccupied for more than 30 days in a row.
So, if you’re planning a long trip you’ll need to contact Churchill to make special insurance arrangements.