7 Tips to Secure Your Empty Property for the Christmas Holidays

7 Tips to Secure Your Empty Property for the Christmas Holidays

The holiday season often brings the joy of travelling and spending time with loved ones. Whether you’re jetting off to a tropical destination or visiting family in another city, leaving your property unattended requires careful preparation. Ensuring your house is secure and well-maintained can provide peace of mind during your holiday adventures.

The Christmas season in the UK tends to witness a rise in burglaries for several reasons one being that the festive season often involves the exchange of gifts, leading to an influx of valuable items in homes.  Plus longer nights and darker evenings during winter provide burglars with increased cover for their activities.  Hence it’s even more important this time of year to secure your property.  So here are 7 Tips to Secure Your Empty Property for the Christmas Holidays

  1. Temperature Control:

Before you pack your bags, set your thermostat to a lower temperature to conserve energy while preventing potential issues like frozen pipes. A temperature range of  13-16°C is generally suitable. This helps maintain a stable indoor environment without wasting energy.

  1. Plumbing Precautions:

Protect your pipes from freezing by turning off the outside taps and draining water hoses. Additionally, consider insulating exposed pipes in attics to minimize the risk of damage. It’s a small effort that can prevent significant headaches upon your return.

  1. Lighting Strategies:

Create the illusion that someone is home by using timers or smart plugs to control lights. Set them to turn on and off at varying times to deter potential burglars. Adequate outdoor lighting also enhances security, making your home less appealing to intruders.

  1. Secure All Entry Points:

Double-check that all doors and windows are securely locked before leaving. Install deadbolts and window locks for an extra layer of protection. If you have a sliding glass door, place a rod in the track to prevent it from being forced open.

  1. Home Security Systems:

If you have a home security system, ensure it is in good working order before departure. Set up notifications on your phone to receive alerts if any unusual activity is detected. Visible security cameras can act as a deterrent, discouraging potential intruders. If you have a ring doorbell remember to charge it and/or change batteries.

  1. Trusted Neighbours:

Inform a trusted neighbour or friend about your travel plans. They can keep an eye on your property, collect mail, and even park their car in your driveway to create the appearance of activity.

      7. Social Media Caution:

While sharing your holiday excitement online is tempting, avoid broadcasting your absence on social media. Save the holiday photos and updates for your return to maintain the security of your home.

7 Tips to Secure Your Empty Property for the Christmas Holidays

By taking these precautions, you can enjoy a worry-free holiday knowing that your home is secure and well-prepared for your absence. Returning to a cosy, intact home will only enhance the season’s joy. Safe travels!

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