Taking care of your home while you’re on holiday is a real concern for those living in South Africa, with the crime rate being high, especially for house robberies. But you shouldn’t have to worry while you’re away,  there are preventative measures you can take to ensure that your home, pets and belongings are safe.

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Took a look at these tips and see how you can take steps to safeguard your property and belongings.

Don’t let your mail accumulate

Whether you pause your subscriptions or ask a neighbour or friend to collect your mail for you, take the necessary steps to ensure that your mailbox isn’t overflowing. Your mailbox is usually one of the biggest signs that no one is home.

Make use of timers

If the technology in your home allows this, make use of timers for your lights while you’re away. Leaving the lights on for the duration of your holiday might seem like a smart idea initially, but it isn’t safety smart or energy efficient. Lights on in the middle of the day will surely draw attention, and your electricity bill when you get back will be a bit of a shock. Use timers to keep the light on for three hours at night, the period of time you would usually have them on.

Motion Detectors

If your property isn’t protected by motion detectors, maybe now is the time to do so. Motion detectors will give intruders a clear message that they are being watched while on your premises. Send a clear message that this isn’t the house for them. Contact a reliable security company who can assist you with installing a high tech security system along with CCTV capabilities.

Ask your neighbour to use your driveway

If you have a neighbour looking after your house for you, make sure to ask them to use your driveway while you’re gone. This increases the activity at your house. It is all about masking the fact that you’re not home.

Whichever way you choose to increase security at your home, ultimately your life is more valuable than your belongings. Make sure your home insurance is comprehensive to give you ultimate peace of mind.

Safe Travels!