How To Protect Your Home While You’re On Holiday

It’s holiday time! Something you work towards and look forward to, often a year or more in advance. But in amongst all the excitement, preparation, and hullabaloo, there’s one thing that shouldn’t be overlooked. And that’s your home security while you’re away. 

With a few simple precautions you can be assured of peace of mind that your home’s safe and sound, leaving you to get on with the important aspect of enjoying your well-earned time away.

Enlist the help of family, a friend or neighbour

Having someone pop in a few times while you’re away is invaluable. They can move post from the doormat (a pile of unopened letters is a red flag to a potential burglar if they peek through your letterbox), put out the rubbish bins, bring in any unexpected deliveries and generally check everything is as it should be. Plus you can enlist their help in watering plants if necessary – an added bonus when the sun’s a-blasting. Which brings us neatly on to…

Do the gardening

An overgrown garden is another big signpost that no one’s at home. Mow the lawn, do the pruning and trim the hedges before you go. Then have someone water the plants while you’re away so they don’t wilt and die. This will keep your garden looking cared for, and therefore your home looking occupied. If you have regular help to keep up with garden maintenance, then ensure they carry on their normal schedule. Potential thieves are eagle eyed for any such changes in routine.

Consider outside appearances

You certainly shouldn’t leave the curtains closed while you’re away. Leave them in their normal daytime position, and consider using partially open blinds (if you have them) to prevent the curious from peering inside.

Consider a home security system

There are so many options to choose from, ranging from the low cost basics right through to tailor made, advanced technical systems. These, and CCTV, are worth consideration – not only will they raise the alarm if the worst happens and someone does break in, but they also act as a big deterrent. Advertise the fact that your home is protected with stickers and signs at all of the most obvious and accessible access entry points.

Just be sure to leave alarm instructions and a key with your neighbours, just in case of a false alarm.

Lock away your valuables

Consider a home safe. These are inexpensive and can be secured to a wall or floor to ensure that if the worst happens, your most precious items are safely locked away.

Beware social media

Yes, we all love to share posts of us out and about enjoying ourselves. But this is a holy grail to would-be burglars. And this includes prior warning that you’re going away. ‘8 sleeps to go’ might seem like an innocent status at the time, but for unsavoury characters, it really is an invitation to an easy meal…

Lose the luggage tags

Well, not completely. But don’t put your home address on your suitcases and bags. A multitude of folk have access to your luggage while you’re away, and you don’t know who could read your home address, safe in the knowledge that the house is highly likely to be empty. Use your work details instead, or a that of friend’s house.

Check your insurance policy

Insurance policies vary widely, with many stipulating how long you can be away, the types of locks you use, and other aspects, such as the use of window shutters. If the worst occurs, you need to be sure you haven’t inadvertently done anything to invalidate a claim. So check the small print before you go, and upgrade if necessary.

Check your insurance policy

Insurance policies vary widely, with many stipulating how long you can be away, the types of locks you use, and other aspects, such as the use of window shutters. If the worst occurs, you need to be sure you haven’t inadvertently done anything to invalidate a claim. So check the small print before you go, and upgrade if necessary.

And just before you leave…

Have a walk around to ensure you’ve not left any windows open, that all doors are firmly closed and locked, the alarm system (if you have one) is activated, and that you’ve put any regular deliveries are on hold (newspapers, milk, fruit and veg boxes etc). If you’ve got a friend or family member visiting, it’s prudent to let the neighbours know too, so they don’t think some shady character has gained access to your property.

The very last thing to do is to have a great holiday, knowing you’ve done everything possible to keep your home safe whilst you’re away.

With over 25 years of experience providing security solutions to Perth and the surrounding area, Crown Security are leaders in their field. Along with residential security alarms, there are many other options for the ultimate in home security. From simple home CCTV cameras to the utmost in bespoke, automated smart alarm systems, the expert team at Crown Security can advise on what will best suit your personal situation.


To find out more visit https://www.crownsecurity.com.au/, or call them on 08 9400 6000 for a friendly, no-obligation chat to discuss your security needs.