As pandemic restrictions ease, you may be looking forward to a holiday. Your home is filled with memories and deserves to be protected, so whether you’re going abroad or enjoying a UK break, it’s important to take steps to secure your home. We’ve covered some top security tips below.
Check your locks
Installing security measures to protect your home may be wise. Starting with the basics, check your door locks, as these have become more sophisticated and advanced over the years, securing your home against those who attempt to enter without a key. Whether you’re living in a new build home or an older property, making sure you’ve got secure door locks is a good first step.
Changing the locks when you move in for the first time is also good practice. Spare keys may have accumulated over the years through construction companies, estate agents, old friends or even previous home owners.
Home security devices
Burglar alarms are a common choice and should be set whenever you leave the house. If you like technology, a smart alarm could be an option; these can be linked to your smartphone or tablet, so you can keep an eye on your home wherever you are and receive notifications if any activity is detected.
Motion detection security lights may also reassure you when it goes dark by flooding the outside of your home with light when someone approaches. For an extra layer of security, smart doorbells with built-in cameras monitor the outside of your home, and can notify you if someone approaches the door, even when you’re not home!
Rely on a neighbour
If you have a trusted neighbour, friend or family member that lives nearby, it may be wise to let them know you’re going away for a few days; this way, they can keep an eye on your property and contact the relevant authorities if they spot any suspicious activity.
A build-up of letters and leaflets in your letterbox may indicate that you’re away from home. To avoid this, you could look into the Royal Mail ‘Keepsafe’ service, which gives you the option to ask Royal Mail to stop delivering post to your address until you return. If you’d like to find out more, you can visit the Royal Mail website here.
Being vigilant on social media
Be careful what you post on social media. Posting your plans and holiday photos can let others know you’re away from home. Reviewing your account privacy settings and friends list could help; make sure you’re not sharing any sensitive information with people you don’t know or with those who could pass it on to others.
Insure your contents
If you own a home, you may already know that most mortgage lenders insist you have buildings cover in place, which protects the structure of your home, including walls, roof, permanent fixtures and fittings. However, when it comes to contents, your personal belongings may not be protected.
Contents insurance, as the name suggests, will protect your belongings against damage, loss and theft. This means that if you fall victim to burglary while your house is left unattended, you may be able to make a claim.
How can the Marsden help?
We recently celebrated our 1-year anniversary with Uinsure, our home insurance partner recognised by industry experts for their care and dedication to customers.
Rated 5-star by financial research specialist, Defaqto; Uinsure’s award-winning home insurance product is available to Marsden customers and can be tailored to suit your needs; ensuring you’ll enjoy quality cover with a comprehensive range of features and benefits.