It’s every holidaymakers worst nightmare; returning home from a week in a sunny paradise, completely relaxed and rejuvenated, only to find that you’ve been burgled whilst you were on holiday. It may not happen to everyone, but it’s a very real concern.
In a recent survey we conducted with 1,962 Britons who had been on a trip abroad in the past year, we found that 9% had been a victim of a break-in whilst they were on holiday. When we asked them whether or not there were any contributing factors to them being broken in to, we found that 37% admitted they hadn’t left their house ‘adequately secure.’
The majority of people we spoke to didn’t ask friends or family members to look in on their home whilst they were off on holiday. A quarter simply didn’t think they would need anyone to check in on their house, whilst 42% didn’t want to put someone out. None of the people who said they had been burgled whilst they were on holiday said they asked someone to check on their home; which could have prevented the break-in altogether!
Some holidaymakers did take steps to prevent a break-in whilst they were off enjoying the sun, sea and sand; 6% said they used plug-in times to trick burglars into thinking they were home, whilst 4% left lights on permanently; a complete waste of electricity but an effective way to deter robbers.
1. Give your house key to someone you trust and ask them to keep an eye on your property. Asking someone to draw your curtains in the evening and open them in the morning can be a good way to make your house appear occupied, and detract the attention of burglars.
2. Ensure that all windows and doors are locked and secure.
3. Invest in plug-in timers to operate your lights, as they will give the illusion that somebody is home.
4. If you don’t already have one, look into the possibility of getting a security alarm for your home. If you can’t afford that, cheaper options are available, such as smaller individual alarms which can be placed on windows.
5. Whilst probably the more expensive option, security cameras are a fantastic idea. Even if they are not working cameras, the presence of them can deter burglars.
6. Leave a car on your driveway, or outside your house. Again, this will make it more difficult for a burglar to decipher if the house is occupied or not; thus decreasing chances of a break-in.