Simple steps to protect your Surrey home while on your Christmas holiday.

It’s exactly one month to the day until Christmas Day and not all of us are planning to invite the family over and cook a turkey dinner with all the trimmings! If you’re thinking of ditching the traditional Christmas this year and heading away on holiday, make sure you secure your Surrey home with these simple tips before you head off.

Over 80% of burglaries take place when homes are empty, so making your home look occupied while you’re away may deter thieves. When a home is occupied, lights go on and off, cars come and go, the home just looks lived in. Ask a friend or neighbour to keep up appearances for you, so it looks like someone is home, you could even ask them to park on your drive or outside you home.

Make sure you lock everything up, you might be in holiday mode and could easily forget to lock an upstairs window or door, don’t make it easy for someone to enter your home. A garage is a common weak point for thieves, so securing your home should extend to cover your garage door. Having a security system is a massive deterrent, not many burglars will be willing to enter a property if their every move is being caught on camera.

You should put all your valuables away, leaving electronics, keys, or anything of value in sight is just too tempting for a burglar.

Lastly, don’t post about your holiday on social media. Wait until you’re back to share holidays snaps with your friends and family.

And of course, enjoy!