Of course you’ll lock your doors and windows before you leave, but it always pays to make your place look like it’s occupied by asking a friend or neighbour to clear the letterbox and put your bins out and back in. You can return the favour when it’s their turn for a break.
Better still, get yourself a live-in carer. In this age of the never-empty nest, 20-something nieces, nephews and neighbours’ kids should be lining up to nurture your vege garden, and their sense of independence.
Hit the switch
If you can't find a house sitter, invest in programmable timers that will switch on lights and appliances such as your television on a schedule so it looks like you’re at home.
If you're taking your car away with you, ask a neighbour to park in your driveway to make it look like someone’s home.
Lock and key
Lock your tools and ladders in a shed or garage. These can often be used to break into a property. Lock up bikes and other items that you might usually store outside.
Are you a social over-sharer? Even the most security-conscious can leave a door open to burglars by making their absence obvious on social media through posts, photos and check-ins. Update the privacy settings on your social media accounts to ensure your holiday details are visible only to friends. If you need to tell someone your home address, do it privately.
RACV has a range of Smart Home Security systems to help you keep an eye on your property, from DIY smart wireless security to monitored alarm systems and CCTV surveillance.