According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the 2019-2020 financial year saw 1.1 million Aussie homeowners become the victims of malicious property damage, break-ins, attempted break-ins, and theft. Across Australia, property crime rates were down during the 2020 holiday season. However, criminologists are attributing this dip to the lockdowns that were in place that year. As we move into our first lockdown-free Christmas, it’s more important than ever for homeowners to be vigilant.
Freedom of movement has been gained back, but desperation is still high among many segments of the population. In such a climate, the unattended homes of Australians enjoying their first holiday since the pandemic are prime targets for opportunistic criminals.
If you’ve been wondering how to deter burglars when on holiday, we recommend taking the following steps:
1. Protect your valuables while on holidays
Any valuables you’re not taking with you must be taken care of while you’re away. An in-home safe or a safe deposit box at your bank are both excellent options for jewellery and other small valuables. Of course, not everything can be tucked away in a safe, so it’s essential to double-check that your insurance premiums have been paid and that you’ll be covered for the duration of your trip.
You may also wish to contact your insurance provider to ensure all your valuables are covered and that you’re taking the precautions needed to qualify if you need to make a claim. For example, some policies have an exclusion clause that exempts them from paying a burglary claim if you didn’t have deadlocks on your external doors and keyed locks on your windows.
2. Cover the home security essentials during the holidays
By working with a reputable company that specialises in home security, you can ensure that you meet all the requirements of your insurance policy while simultaneously reducing the likelihood that criminals will target your home in the first place. CCTV cameras with an integrated alarm and lighting system can protect your home in more ways than one. However, every property is different. This is why BPoint Security always starts with a comprehensive site assessment to help you determine precisely what you need to keep your home safe.
While on holidays, you can take advantage of 24/7 monitoring and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that security experts are keeping an eye on your property at all hours of the day and night.
3. Make your home look lived in while you’re away
Your fully integrated home security system offers more than just threat detection. With a smart lighting system, you can program your lights to turn on and off at certain times of the day. With the right integrated home security system, you can even use your smartphone to control the lights remotely. Both options allow you to create the illusion that someone’s home without having to enlist the services of a friend or neighbour.
If you’re going to be away for an extended period, it’s a good idea to either divert your mail to a PO box or have someone pick it up for you. Likewise, it’s worth having a trusted friend, family member, or contractor take care of mowing and yard maintenance while you’re away.
4. Take social media security measures
Social media offers us the unprecedented ability to share every milestone, vacation, and achievement with our friends, family members, and acquaintances. While there are many benefits to be gained from this new form of connection, it also presents some serious security concerns, particularly when it comes to keeping your property secure while on holiday.
An innocent holiday snap shared on Instagram can alert thieves to the fact that you’re far away from home. To protect your family and your property, it’s a good idea to go into the privacy settings of every social media platform you use and ensure you’re not revealing any sensitive information to the general public.
Avoid checking into places as this information can be used by thieves to monitor your movements. If you want to take airport selfies and holiday snaps, of course, you should feel free to do so. However, it’s best to wait until you’re home before sharing a selection of your best photos.
If you’ll be heading away for a well-deserved holiday, feel free to reach out for a custom quote and advice on how to secure your home. Everybody’s needs are unique, so we guarantee a tailored package for every customer. We understand that your trip may be fast-approaching, so we’ll aim to get back to you within 24 hours.