During half term, your regular routine may change and it’s easy to forget to lock up properly if you have kids running in and out to play, or in their excitement to set off on a special trip you’ve planned for them.
At Christmas we explored tips on how to keep your home secure over the holidays but here we’ve spoken to security experts Banham to pick up a few new ideas on keeping your home safe at Half Term – here are our favourite five:
1. Never leave door or car keys, wallets or handbags within reach of a letter box, door or window as opportunists can use all manner of devices to hook these out. Never leave keys in the door either, as this can make it easy for a burglar to reach in and unlock the door
2. Mark your valuables with a forensic property marking product and place signs and stickers around your home, making it clear that your property is marked. Photograph your valuables and keep a description of them
3. Always secure your shed or garage and don’t leave ladders or other tools outside – spades, hammers and screwdrivers can all help a burglar gain access to your home
4. Around half of all burglaries happen in empty homes. Make sure your home looks occupied when you are out, for example, by using an automatic timer to switch the lights on and off or leaving a radio on, and if going away for more than a night, cancel milk, newspaper and other regular deliveries as these being left out can draw attention to empty homes. For longer spells, ask a friend or your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme to keep an eye on your home while you are away.
5. Don’t let ‘distraction burglars’ or bogus callers trick their way into your home. Use a door chain, always check their identity card carefully, and if in doubt, keep them out!
For more security tips and advice, visit banham.co.uk.