7 Tips on Keeping Your Home Safe Over Winter in Lifestyle

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It is so easy to forget about the safety of your house in the rush and excitement of the festive season, but in that last minute of panic this helpful list will help keep things ticking by while you're away.

1. Keep all doors and windows locked

It may seem obvious, but it’s easy to be forget about in the rush to leave. Make sure to give yourself time to check all your windows and doors are secure before leaving. Even leaving a window open on the second floor can make it more tempting for a burglar to target your home.

2. Don’t leave valuables in sight

Keep your valuables out of sight and don’t leave them where they can be easily seen through windows. If you have a lot of valuables laying around like laptops, jewellery and wallets/purses, it's better to hide them throughout the house in a safe place.

3. Keep your plans offline

When you're off on holiday it's always tempting to post your plans online. It could be one Facebook status, a few tweets on even some Instagram photos and you might not think it, but this can be prime information for a burglar. Try not to post exactly when you are going or how long for just to be safe.

4. Turn off all appliances

Turn off everything. Unplug your TV, computer, microwave, toaster and other appliances around the house. A fault could develop at any time so they are better switched off and unplugged. Not only is this better for the environment, but it will save you some money on your electricity bill too!

5. Invest in timers

Invest in timers for lights around your home. These are generally inexpensive and can be great deterrents for burglars. When you're away it's good to make your house look lived in, like there's somebody at home. You can use one to work with a radio in the afternoon and others for lights dotted around the house.

6. Be friendly with the neighbours

Being close with your neighbours and the community is always good, but especially when you're going on holiday. Before you go it’s good to just let them know you're going away for a bit. If you've become quite friendly, you can give them a contact number and ask them to just keep an eye out.

7. Double check

Finally, double check everything. You'd make time to double check if you have packed your sunglasses and your favourite shirt so why not make time to double check your house? It's handy to make a little check-list, that way, your mind will be at ease and you can get on with enjoying that time spent away!