Beat the Burglars this bank holiday break

Are you going away this Easter holiday? Perhaps you’re heading to Rome for a city break or maybe a wet weekend in Wales. If so, your mind is probably full of thoughts such as: “Have I printed off the booking confirmation?”, “Is the TV set to record my favourite series” and “Have I cancelled the papers?”.

Home security is one area that can often be overlooked when preparing to go on holiday, so we have put together some advice, in order to put your mind at ease.

• Traditional security devices such as home alarms and CCTV systems can act as an excellent visual deterrent with figures revealing that 60% of burglaries attempted on homes with alarm systems fail. Additionally, modern devices, such as those in the Yale Smart Living range, allow homeowners to remotely control the products via their smartphones, receiving notifications and even images if the system is triggered.

• Make it appear as though someone is home. This can be done in a number of ways; for instance, leaving a car on the drive or cancelling post so it doesn’t pile up at the front door. You can now get lights on a timer to make them come on at certain times to give the appearance that someone is home. In fact, Yale’s SmartHome Alarm features a clever power switch accessory, which allows lights, appliances and other electrical items to be operated using your smartphone!

• Maybe you’re going away for longer than the weekend and don’t want your post piling up at the front door signalling to thieves that no one is home. Take advantage of the Royal Mail’s ‘Keepsafe’ scheme. The team at Royal Mail will hold onto your letters and parcels for up to 66 days and deliver them once you’re safely home again.

• Perhaps the most obvious home security concern is remembering if you’ve locked the front door. Now with smart locks such as Yale’s Keyfree and Keyless you can check this remotely using the free smartphone app. Some smart locks also have the added benefit of being able to let guests in using a temporary PIN code. This is ideal for granting short-term access to your parents or neighbours who can water the plants or check on the pets for you.

• Finally, ‘checking in’ at holiday locations on social media or posting photos can be risky, letting potential criminals know you’re away and offering an open invitation. Take the time to check your settings or wait until you’re home to post online.