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Going on holiday

There are ways to give your home the ‘lived in’ look when it’s unoccupied, so that any passing would-be thieves aren’t tempted:


  • Close and lock all windows, doors and outbuildings.
  • Don't publish your absence on the Internet.  Status updates, comments and photos can all give away the fact that your home is empty.
  • Use timer switches for lamps so that they turn on as it gets dark in the evenings. You could also use a timer switch for a radio (always follow manufacturer's instructions).
  • Ask your neighbour to put your rubbish or recycling bins back if they’re being collected whilst you’re away – if they’re left out after collection day it could indicate to a passing thief that your house is unoccupied. Be a good neighbour and do the same for them.
  • If you aren’t leaving your car at home, ask a neighbour/friend to park their car on your drive.
  • Don’t forget to cancel deliveries of milk, newspapers etc.
  • Consider moving enticing items, such as laptops and mobile devices, so that they are out of sight.
  • You could store valuables in your loft when you go away.
  • If you are away for a longer period of time in the summer months, ask your neighbour to cut your grass. This helps to show that the house may be occupied.
  • You could also ask someone you trust to help give your home the lived-in look by opening and drawing the curtains, taking in any free newspapers and moving your mail away from the letterbox.
  • All these tips can help to give your home the ‘lived-in’ look. 

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