The exterior of the house is the most visible area, anyone and everyone will notice signs you’re not around. Make sure you’re not drawing attention to the fact your home is unoccupied:
There’s debate as to what the best course of action is with curtains. If you leave them drawn all day, it looks like you’re not there and equally if you leave them open at night you have the same problem. Our advice would be:
It also could be worth considering having lights on a timer. You can read more about technologies which protect your home in our infographic on simplifying property management.
It’s a good idea to redirect post if you are going to be away from your property for a long while.
Before you leave, try to tuck any valuables out of site so thieves can’t spot anything that might tempt them. Then ask your chosen person to:
We’d also recommend letting the local police know you’re away; give them a contact number to reach you on just in case of emergency and let them know who will be keeping an eye on the house so they don’t mistake them for thieves. Equally, if you have a family member or friend looking after the house, let your neighbours know so they don’t think it’s a burglar and call the police on them.
James Cooper is a respected industry leader with over 10 years' experience in the home and property insurance sector. He works across a broad range of insurance product and policy development and delivery, including product development; customer sales and marketing; and P&L accountability.
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Date: March 31, 2017
Category: Home and Property