We are now approaching the half term holidays and its not long now to the Christmas holidays either. I’m always very excited about this time of the year. I think it is mostly because my girls get so happy that it brings a smile to my face! During the Winter Holidays, a lot of people go away, perhaps within the country spending the holiday with family or maybe you are more adventurous and perhaps spend the holidays on a beach in a nice sunny spot or even at a ski resort. Whatever your plans you should always make sure you leave your home safe!
It is not nice to return home to find out that you have been burgaled. This could happen to anybody, even to people with all the money in the world who have a great security system can be the victim of a burglary. Look at what has happened with Kim Kardashian. I bet she is now in the search of even better security. This is just my worst nightmare. Isn’t it scary and awful when something like this happens to you?
I remember, many years ago, when I was living in Peru with my parents, we had a similar experience. We came back from being away at our beach house over the weekend and we arrived home to find it had been burgled. OMG, this was the scariest thing ever because first, you don’t know if they are still there and two because just the idea of thinking about a stranger touching your personal belongings is just distressful. I would never want this to happen to anybody.
We have a checklist at home that we always use and go through when we go away so we then know that we are not forgetting something. This is the best way to avoid those last minute rechecking.
I will share with you 5 things/ideas that we do that we found very important and essential to keep our home safe and away of burglaries when we are away traveling.
1. Turn Off All electrical Equipment, especially those in the kitchen
Make sure you have not left the oven or hob on, and maybe check that the fridge is closed properly. There can always be hazards that happen in the kitchen when leaving things on.
It happened to us once that we left the oven on and when we came back (Thankfully his was just a day out) the house was boiling but nothing burnt. We didn’t know what was going on, then we realised we had left the oven on. Nothing happened as we were lucky but imagine if you go away for a week you will definitely come back to a burnt house! Oops! SO we learnt our lesson.
Also, turn off your central heating if you happen to have one and turn off individual wall heaters too. You don’t want to have them on as nobody will be there, so there is no need to waste money on an empty house. As soon as you are back you can put it back on.
2. Lock All Doors & Windows
This is an obvious one. You can never leave your home without locking the door, especially the main door. But if you live in a bigger place with more doors you need to make sure all of them are properly locked.
The same with the windows as they can be an easy way to get into your house. Don’t leave keys where they are visible from a window or letterbox as that can be an easy way to invite unwanted strangers into your house.
3. Don’t advertise that you are going away
This is a difficult one, as being a blogger involves talking about where you are and what you are doing. However, you can be smart about this as you don’t need to give specifics about where you are or how long you’ll be there, basically not giving away more than necessary, and sometimes after the fact!
Another way, to avoid people knowing that you are away or out is to use automated lights so you can program them, and they will switch on and off at the times you set it up. This is super practical.
This way potential thieves will see lights on inside your house so then they will think someone is at home and be more likely to move on.
4. Get Home Security System
This is also a fantastic idea as you will get a security system that will do all the work for you while you are away so you don’t need to worry at all. There are some options out there such as Smart Home by Panasonic.
The Smart Home is a home monitoring and control system with simple installation and easy operation. Whether you use it to monitor your home while you are away or simply to switch your appliances on & off automatically, it gives you the ability to monitor and control your home from the convenience of your smartphone or tablet.
5. Leave Spare Keys
Another good idea is to perhaps give a spare key to family or a close friend – basically someone you trust, who can check the property for you while you’re away or to deal with any incident.
I really recommend doing this as it will give you a lot of peace of mind! You will be able to relax when you are away and stop worrying that you will need to come back if anything happens.
It is very important that you take a look at all of these essential tips as I’m sure they will help you to make your house safer and will also give you piece of mind. You want to enjoy your holidays and not be worried while you are away.
What do you think of these ideas/suggestions? Do you also do the same at home? Do you have any other ideas to perhaps add to this list? Do you have a home security system? Please leave a comment below as I would love to read what you think.
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Peachy and her Mommy says
I can’t imagine coming home to find out that someone had been there. That would be terrible. It could only be worse being there as it was happening #KCACOLS
Brandi Puga says
I literally just got back from our first real vacation EVER and I wish I had had this list to help me check over my home safety! Thanks for posting! #KCACOLS
Kellie - Hooray for Moms says
Great tips! I’m always a little nervous about the house when we leave for extended periods of time, but I’ll remember these tips for next time! Thanks for sharing!
Mary Peterson / Carolina Twin Mom says
Great tips on a critically important topic. Just to piggyback on your comment about not advertising where you are, I also suggest that people not post pictures of their vacation on social media while they’re away. Even if you do not state where you are exactly, it could possibly be easily determined by crafty burglars-to-be that you are not at home. Thanks for posting this! #KCACOLS
alana - BurniShed chaos says
Great tips. We’re quite lucky that my in-laws live very close so whenever we go away they come round to feed the cats and fish twice a day, and keep an eye on the place. I always think lights on a timer are a great idea.
shaney (imummyblog) says
This is a really useful post. Its all too easy to advertise on social media that your home is unoccupied. Luckily it has never happened to me. Thanks for sharing, #KCACOLS
My husband unplugs everything every night…drives me mad! Autmoatic lights are always a good one, and asking a neighbour to park on your drive if you have one and they don’t…#KCACOLS
Angela Watling says
These are great tips and we do most of these when we go away. I am incredibly paranoid about something happening to our home. I will always wonder if I’ve left the hob on when we’re 10 minutes into our journey and that sit fretting until there is a big enough distraction. There is so much good Smart Tech around now which makes this easier. Things like remote plug sockets are great for things like straighteners. We have Hive for our heating so can control the heating remotely but also now buy additional plug and lighting controllers. Hope you have a safe Christmas season! #KCACOLS
Great tips. My last house was broken into while I was out for the night and it took a while for the anger to go away. Its such an invasion. I cringe every time I see people posting on FB that they are away on vacation. Wait until you are back to post the pics! #KCACOLS
Cal at Family Makes says
I think we follow all of these things but it doesn’t hurt to have a reminder. My son is obsessed with theft and fire at the moment as they’ve had the fire brigade and police in at school to speak to them, so he’s giving us regular tips too! #KCACOLS
Eugene Uttley says
Very well-written post. Keep up the good work! #KCACOLS
As we have cats as well so someone always needs to be around to check on them we always give a set of keys to friends who kindly look after our house. On a daily basis we get someone to look in to see if everything is st ok. To replenish the water, the cat food, change the cat litter and stay a little to give the cats a cuddle. We find this the best alternative to security systems and paying out for catteries. #KCACOLS
Oh, the good old light trick! I’ve tried the same with a radio too. And asking neighbours to put the bins out and bring them in again! #KCACOLS
Tooting Mama says
Excellent tips. It’s so important to keep your house protected when you are away. I like the automated lights option, and definitely checking all kitchen appliances, I’m paranoid about the oven! Thanks for sharing!
Tooting Mama says
Awesome tips! I don’t have a security home system but other tips are familiar for me but anyways I’m always a little bit stressed if everything will be ok:P
Jenn @ Mad Mommy says
When I was a teen my house was broken into while I was on holidays. By someone we knew, As an adult we invested in a monitored home security system as well as 200 + lbs of dogs out of fear of it happening again. great tips. #KCACOLS
Our house was broken into once, we got an alarm installed straight away! I don’t think I’d feel safe now, without an alarm. We go through similar checks and literally unplug everything- even bedside lights! The fridge and freezer are the only things in our house trusted not to burst into flames while we are on our holidays!! #KCACOLS
Madeline (This Glorious Life) says
Really useful advice. I check and double check everything’s turned off when we go out anywhere, it drives my husband mad at times but I feel really uneasy if I don’t do it! x #KCACOLS
Rainbows are too beautiful says
We set up lights. Sometimes we have family stay when we are away too #kcacols
Great tips – I do agree about it being hard not to advertise you being away when you are a blogger! I am lucky that we have a really good neighbour who has a spare set of keys if need be and I have my sister who lives close by who pops in to check the house #KCACOLS
Great tips. I was burgled about 7 years ago in the afternoon when I was at work. It was very scary and distressing and I never want to go through that again. We now have a safe, and I also keep receipts of expensive items and photos as the insurance claim following the burglary was a nightmare. We also keep several online back ups of documents and photos as that was the thing I was gutted about loosing the most. #KCACOLS
wow.. love it..thanks for sharing this tips.. an keep update
These are great tips for keeping your home safe while traveling away! I like your 3rd advice about not advertising that you are leaving! I try to make sure not to post anything about traveling and leaving out of town on social media until after we get back. Great post, thanks for sharing!
Chris rubenstein says
Great article – as I can relate to some of the other commenters about the anxiety after leaving the house, that you buttoned everything up.
I thought I might add that a buying a home safe is a great way to protect valuables and documents against burglars as well as fire. It also beats a safe deposit box at the bank because items in your house are covered under your home owners policy.
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