Home security while you’re on holiday

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.

  1. Lock up – lock all windows and doors, not forgetting any garages, shed or other outbuildings
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Put valuables out of sight – make sure you move your laptop, car keys out of the way of prying eyes
  5. 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
  6. 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 opens in a new window
  7. 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
  8. Enlist the help of neighbourhood watch – ask members to keep an eye on your property
  9. Mow your lawn before you go – make sure it doesn’t look overgrown
  10. Put away tools or ladders – they could be used to force entry to your home
  11. Use a home safe for important personal documents and your most valuable items such as jewellery
  12. Security mark your property so if it is taken it can be identified.

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.