How to keep your home secure while you're on holidays

Living Well | RACV | Posted on 18 November 2019

Heading away for the holidays? The last thing you want to worry about is how secure your house is. Check out our simple tips for holiday peace of mind.

Some burglaries are unavoidable but, in many cases, home owners are making things all too easy for the thieves. Being conscious of your home's security ahead of a holiday and, more importantly, while you're on holiday, is important so that you don't make your home a target. These are seven tips for keeping your home secure while you're on holidays.

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Seven ways to keep your home secure while you're on holidays

Ask a friend or neighbour to collect your mail

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.

Get a house sitter

Better still, get yourself a house-sitter. In this age of the never-empty nest, 20-something nieces, nephews and neighbours’ kids should be lining up to nurture your veggie garden and their sense of independence.

Set your lights to a timer

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.

Lend your driveway

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 tools away 

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.

Check your social media settings

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.

Invest in an home security system

RACV has a range of home security systems to help you keep an eye on your home while you're away, from DIY smart wireless security to monitored alarm systems and CCTV surveillance.

RACV Security Pty Ltd ABN 49 079 148 342 trading as RACV Home Security. Security Licence (Vic.) 733-411-10S and Security Registration (Vic.) 733-411-31S.