Keeping your home safe & secure when you’re on holiday!
Going on holiday should be enjoyable, and you’ll enjoy it even more with the knowledge that your home (or business) is secure in your absence. Even if you’re not planning a holiday it is a good idea to have a security survey to ensure the locks and other security measures are up to date. By consulting a professional locksmith before your holiday, you can travel with the peace of mind that your property is safe.
There are a lot of things to be done when planning a holiday: booking accommodation and flights, packing, arranging pet care, watering of plants. Most of these are obvious but there is another important consideration – when a house is left unattended it is more prone to theft. It becomes an easier target, and as such, it is important to ensure that your home is protected in the best way possible. This is advised if you work long hours or are otherwise away from home often but is especially important when you are leaving town.
What to do before you leave
- After you have booked your trip, the next Google search should be for ‘locksmiths___ ‘ or ‘locksmith___’ in your location. We suggest that you take a look at any independent reviews. Once you find a qualified local locksmith who suits your needs, make an appointment. They will be able to do a security survey and give recommendations on what security measures should be taken before your trip. Suggestions may include:
- Updating locks: it is extremely important to have quality locks for your home. Your locks should meet British Standard 3621 and a qualified locksmith can update them if they do not. A quality lock can go a long way to prevent a break-in – perhaps by fitting anti-snap, anti-pick, anti-bump, anti-drill cylinders. They can also assess your windows to make sure they are secure.
- Better protection for outdoor properties: while a simple shed may not seem like the most obvious target of a theft, it can happen. Outdoor properties should be secured according to the value of what’s stored inside. There are a wide variety of options such as gate locks, padlocks, garage door bolts, ground anchors.
- Once you have high-quality locks fitted don’t forget to use them!
The local locksmith will make recommendations based on each individual security survey. The goal is to keep your property secure at all times.
You may also consider:
An alarm system: this is an obvious deterrent as the sound alone should warn off any burglar. Ensure that your alarm is serviced regularly.
CCTV: this is an extra security measure that can be a stand-alone or work in conjunction with an alarm system. Cameras act as a deterrent to any would-be intruders and in the event of a break-in (or attempted break-in) can provide evidence for the police.
Making sure that your property is as secure as possible can reduce your insurance premium.
If you’re looking at way of securing your home, your locks are a great place to start. Millennium Locksmiths have been helping hundreds of homes upgrade their locks so that they can gain peace of mind when they leave for their holidays! Visit our page & find out more about our services: Locksmith Slough
Finally – relax and enjoy your trip!