Some tips and advice for making your home appear occupied

As you leave for your fortnight’s holiday in the sun, do you worry about the security of your home and belongings while you are away?

One of the simplest ways of securing your home from would-be intruders is to make your home appear as if it is “still lived in”.

It’s always a good idea to quietly inform close neighbours or your neighbourhood watch group if you are going to be away for any length of time so that they can keep an eye on your property.  If your neighbour is willing, ask them to call in every day and remove all the post, any free newspapers and advertising leaflets from the porch floor and put them somewhere out of sight.

Maybe your neighbour would be happy to draw your curtains most evenings or be prepared to park their own car in your drive from time to time.  Ask them if they would mind wheeling your wheelie bin and placing your recycling boxes on the edge of the pavement on refuse collection day.

Before you leave, mow the lawn so it does not look overgrown and unkempt.  Invest in some timer switches which will switch on some lights at night or which will turn a radio on, giving the illusion that there is someone at home.