If you are lucky enough to own a second home that you use for holidays or rent out to other holidaymakers, then no doubt the safety and security of your property will be a top priority. It is likely that it will be left unoccupied for a portion of the year, making it a potential target for break-ins.
Here are some suggestions on how you can keep your property as safe as possible while you are not there, or have guests staying.
- The basics- windows and doors
If you have newly purchased the property, it’s advisable to have the locks changed. You never know how many keys might be in circulation, as the previous owners could have entrusted copies to neighbours, friends, tradespeople, estate agents, or just left a spare key in a place that thieves know where to look.
Keep all windows and doors locked when there is no one in residence. Check the condition of the locks to see if they still fit well and are not loose, and replace any missing window keys. Don’t be tempted to leave spare keys in a ‘safe’ hiding place, because seasoned burglars know exactly where to find them.
If you do need a guest entry system, consider a keysafe or even a keyless access system that you can operate remotely.
- Secure any outbuildings
If you have a shed or any other type of outbuilding, make sure that this is kept secure and that garden tools are put away. Opportunistic thieves will often use ladders to gain access to an upstairs window, and use tools such as spades and mallets to smash off locks or break glass.
- Ask the neighbours to keep an eye out
If possible, get to know the neighbours who live permanently in the area. You can give them your contact details and ask them to get in touch with you if they do spot anything untoward. They may even be happy to park their car on your driveway when you are not there to give the impression that someone is home.
- Install sensor motion lights
Outdoor lights that switch on automatically when they detect movement act as a deterrent to intruders, and are also useful for you or your guests when accessing the property after dark.
Inside the home, timed interior lights that automatically switch on at dusk may also be helpful to create the impression that someone is home. Even a light in the porch or entrance hall should send out the right signals.
- Install an intruder alarm system
A visible intruder alarm acts as a deterrent, and can be directly linked to the authorities for a swift response in the event of any break in attempt.
There are several options available, from a basic bell system, to a fully integrated alarm system that can be monitored remotely via CCTV cameras. This will give you the peace of mind that you can view your property no matter where you are.
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