Winter has finally descended upon us with a vengeance as if we were somewhat responsible for its rather belated arrival. The blankets are by now out of the kists, the various heating systems fully deployed and time spent outside reduced in favour of spending time in warmer spaces.
Eye on Security – Some tips from ADT on keeping your home secure.
Ensure that all ground and basement windows are fitted with locks and make certain doors have dead bolt locks.
* Secure sliding glass doors with a metal bar or wooden dowel placed in the door track.
* Leave curtains slightly parted so your house doesn’t have an empty look, but don’t leave valuables
or electronic equipment where burglars can see them through windows.
* Never leave an answering machine message indicating you’re not home. Simply say that you
cannot take the call at that moment.
* Never leave door keys under a doormat or plant pot outside.
* If you have a monitored home security system, make sure it is working properly and has been properly tested at least 4 weeks before you go away. If you do not have a monitored alarm, consider having
one installed because they are an effective deterrent.
* Use timer switches to turn lights on and off, giving your home the impression it is occupied. They
are inexpensive, easy to operate and can be obtained from good DIY stores.
* Let your trusted neighbor(s) know your plans so that they can help keep an eye on your property when
you are away.
* Remember to cancel deliveries such as newspapers. Uncollected mail acts as a signal that a
house is not occupied.
* Avoid discussing holiday plans with strangers, you never know who they might pass the information on
* Secure important documents and valuable items in a safe place within your home or deposit them in a
* If traveling, put your home address on a piece of paper inside your suitcase and not visible on the
outside. If you are flying, don´t put the labels on your luggage until you get to the airport check-in.
Read the full newsletter here: Newsletter – June 2012.pdf