Going Away

Going away on holiday is meant to be an exciting, relaxing and enjoyable time. So the last thing you'd want to come home to is furniture moved, items on the floor and your valuable and sentimental possessions such as your jewellery and laptop with photos of the kids stolen by burglars.

Avoiding this scenario can be surprisingly simple and inexpensive to implement. Below are a few measures you can put in place before you go away.

Plan before you go away

  • Never leave a spare key outside in a convenient hiding place, including inside a fake stone, under the doormat or in a flower pot. Instead leave a key with a friend or neighbour. If hidden keys are found by an intruder and used to burgle your home your home insurance may be invalidated
  • Cancel milk or newspaper deliveries
  • Cut the lawn and trim any plants burglars could hide behind
  • Should the worst happen, marking valuables and registering them with www.immobilise.com can increase the chances of recovering your possessions
  • Never discuss your travel plans on social networking sites
  • Don’t close your curtains during the daytime as this shows the house is empty
  • Plug timer switches into your lamps and radios so they automatically turn on during the evening. The hours of darkness are often a popular time for burglars to strike
  • If you leave keys with someone, don’t label them with your address, surname, or even your house number in case they fall into the wrong hands.
  • Friends or neighbours can help make your home look like someone is still at home by:

  • collecting your mail or pushing it away from sight as a pile of post on the doormat is a clear sign you are away
  • mowing your lawn
  • sweeping up leaves

Just before you leave

  • Lock all doors and windows and if you have a burglar alarm make sure it is set
  • Just before you set off it’s worth spending a couple of minutes checking that you’ve done all you had to do and taken everything you need with you

Visit the Home section for more advice on what areas of your home you should review for security measures and to protect your home from burglars.

Search Cambridgeshire Constabulary