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#SummerSecurity Tips

A look back at our month of summer security tips

We have been posting a home security tip every day throughout August, specifically relating to security issues at this time of year. While summer is almost over and the kids will soon be back at school, many of these tips are nevertheless good advice to follow all year round.

Here is a full list of all the tips:

#SummerSecurity 1: Don’t advertise holidays on social media; you could potentially be informing burglars that nobody is home for days

#SummerSecurity 2: When the weather is hot, be careful not to leave windows open and unattended, especially at ground floor level

#SummerSecurity 3: Keep sheds and garages locked. Not only could items be stolen, burglars could use tools and ladders to break in

#SummerSecurity 4: Insecure break ins – via an unlocked door or window – account for 30% of burglaries. Make sure you lock up, even when home

#SummerSecurity 5: Always set your burglar alarm when you go out even if just for a few hours. Failure to do so could invalidate insurance

#SummerSecurity 6: Keep doors locked even if just popping to a neighbour’s. Sneak in thieves only need a few minutes to access your property

#SummerSecurity 7: Burglar alarm not working? Get it in full working order with a service before going away on holiday

#SummerSecurity 8: It’s nice to open out patio doors when it’s hot but take care that intruders can’t access the garden and sneak in

#SummerSecurity 9: Don’t ‘check in’ on social media when away on holiday. You are openly declaring that your house is empty

#SummerSecurity 10: Kids in and out of the garden? Make sure they understand the importance of security including closing gates and doors

#SummerSecurity 11: Consider installing anti-snap Euro cylinder locks to give your home extra protection when on holiday

#SummerSecurity 12: Some burglar alarms can be linked to a camera system so you can check in visually if the alarm is triggered when away

#SummerSecurity 13: Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your home when on holiday. Obvious activity will deter a would-be intruder

#SummerSecurity 14: Join or start a Neighbourhood Watch group to maintain security in the community

#SummerSecurity 15: Some burglar alarms can be set up to text you if the alarm is triggered. Could give you peace of mind on holiday

#SummerSecurity 16: Keep front doors locked when sat in the garden. An intruder could be in and out without you noticing

#SummerSecurity 17: Use smart systems or timers to control lights and open/close curtains when away to make the house look occupied when away

#SummerSecurity 18: Can a neighbour park on your drive when you’re away on holiday? It can make the house look occupied

#SummerSecurity 19: Being burgled via an insecure door or window could potentially invalidate your insurance so make sure they are are locked

#SummerSecurity 20: Cancel regular deliveries such as newspapers, milk etc when away. Items building up make it obvious nobody is home

#SummerSecurity 21: Lock up valuables in a safe when you go away so even if someone accessed the property, they would not be able to take them

#SummerSecurity 22: Don’t leave notes for the milkman/postman that you’re not home. Opportunist burglars can also read!

#SummerSecurity 23: You can log into some CCTV systems online to keep an eye on your property when away on holiday

#SummerSecurity 24: A monitored alarm can give you extra peace of mind when away from home on holiday

#SummerSecurity 25: Intruders can work in pairs. Keep back doors locked if a stranger knocks at the front door

#SummerSecurity 26: Hide spare car and house keys (preferably in a safe) when on holiday as thieves can return at a later date

#SummerSecurity 27: Educate teenagers/young adults about not announcing your absence on social media. This can make your home vulnerable

#SummerSecurity 28: Don’t allow post to build up when away. Obscure glass doors or arrange for a trusted friend to come and move it

#SummerSecurity 29: Consider a trusted house sitter when on holiday. An occupied house is much less likely to be broken into

#SummerSecurity 30: Look out for odd chalk marks around your property; they could indicate your home is being targeted for a break in

#SummerSecurity 31: Dogs can be targeted for theft. Make sure they’re secure when out in the garden

If you would like any specific advice relating to any of the above, or any other security issue, please don’t hesitate to call on 0800 612 9799 (from a landline) or 0345 833 5543 (from a mobile).