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Keeping your home safe while you’re on holiday

Whether you're off on your annual summer holiday, fancy a weekend away or you’re heading off somewhere nice for the Christmas break, chances are that you’re looking forward to taking some time off work and relaxing.


Even though we should have a care in the world while we’re on holiday, many of us struggle not to worry about the security of our homes and possessions when we’re not there. This is often particularly the case around Christmas time when the number of break-ins increases.


If you want a worry-free holiday, below are some great tips to help keep your home and its contents safe and secure while you're on your travels.


Let your neighbours know that you will be away


Let your neighbours know when you're going to be away so they can keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviour.


If you do fall victim to intruders and your neighbours don't know you're away, they're not going to think anything of it if they see someone in your house. If they know you're not around however, they can raise the alarm and potentially save your home from getting broken into.


Keep the lights on


It may not be the most economical or environmentally friendly method, but it has been proven time and time again that well-lit houses are far less likely to get broken into than properties which are in complete darkness.


If burglars notice that the lights haven't been turned on for days, they're going to realise that the owners are away and take the opportunity to break in. Aside from guaranteeing no interruptions, a house in complete darkness provides perfect cover as your neighbours and passers-by won't notice a thing.


Motion sensor lighting on the exterior of your home acts as a huge deterrent because it allows burglars to be spotted easily and will also raise suspicions amongst neighbours if they know you're away.


Also consider installing plug socket timers for your lamps so they can go on and off when you set them. As well as being better for your bank balance and your carbon footprint, it gives a more believable impression that someone is there rather than leaving the lights on 24/7.


Secure the back of your home


It's pretty unlikely that any burglar is going to be brazen enough to break into your home through the front of the property - yet this is often the most secure part of the house.


Ensure that you have motion sensor lighting at the back of your property and in the garden, have a secure side gate that nobody can access other than you, ensure that your home is securely fenced in around the back and double check that all the windows and doors at the rear of your home have been tightly secured.


Put your valuables in self storage


If you have items that are particularly valuable or you’re sentimental about, it may be worth considering putting them into self storage while you're away. This way you can be 100% confident that your possessions are safe and you can enjoy a worry-free holiday.


For more information about our self storage facilities, please feel free to contact M Store and we will be more than happy to help.