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Keep Your Home Safe while on Vacation

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BurglarsJuly and August are prime times for people to go away on vacation. Sadly they are also prime times for houses to suffer burglaries.

The following advice was issued by the UK Government Crime Stoppers service.
Thieves are often watching for homes that look empty, particularly during school holidays, as they know this is a popular time to go away. Follow our advice to help prevent your household falling victim to burglars:

Make your home look like someone is living in it, e.g. don’t close your curtains. In daytime this shows your house is empty. Also, use automatic timer-switches to turn your lights and radios on when it goes dark.
Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries.
Trusted neighbours may be able to help you by collecting your post or parking their car on your driveway.
Try not to take a taxi to the airport. If you do, use a taxi company you can rely on, don’t discuss your holiday plans and make it sound like you have a house-sitter, whether you do or not.
Leave important documents and valuable items with other family members or a bank. Alternatively lock them in a safe.
Do not put your home address on your luggage when you are travelling to your holiday destination. A house number and postcode will suffice if you want to label your luggage.
If you normally leave bicycles or similar items in your shed, consider putting them in the house.
Make sure that you lock all outside doors and windows and set your burglar alarm if you have one.
Don’t post public messages on social media that you’re away from home.
crimestoppers-uk.org/keeping-safe/away-from-home/

You do NOT want to come home to this.

House after burglary

 

Basically the same advice comes from the Insurance Companies. Here are the comments from Benton Mutual Insurance.

For a burglar, an empty house is a welcome gift because an unoccupied house as an easy mark. It can be days or even Burglaryweeks before the crime is discovered. To lower risk for sharing your home with these unwanted holiday visitors.
They then go on to give almost exactly the same advice as Crime Stoppers.
bentonmutualins.com/safety/december2013.php

This is all good advice but naturally there is an even better and safer method.
Do not leave the house unoccupied.
That not only overcomes the problem of burglars finding the house empty but it also protects against you coming home to find that while you were away the plumbing went wrong and the house is flooded or some other disaster has occurred.

Use our FREE service and we will arrange for a reliable Christian to stay in your house, look after your home and if  you have any pets they will look after them as well.
Yes I did say FREE. No catch. Have a look at our website for more details. CLICK HERE
Share this opportunity with your friends, your family, your church and be a blessing to them.

God bless you,

Ray

Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

 

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About housesitters

ABOUT Christian House Sitters Christian House Sitters is a Worldwide ministry that started in order to provide holidays for Christians and sitters for owners who needed a reliable Christian to look after their home, pets and garden. House owners do not pay anything to have their property listed. House sitters are only charged £25 per year and in return for this some enjoy numerous holidays each year. All fees from membership go to sponsor food for children at the Home of Peace Children’s Home in Kenya. This only supplies about a quarter of what is needed to feed the children so we urgently need sponsors. All funds go via our Registered Charity TLC Children’s Trust Charity Number 1156786 website http://www.tlc-childrenstrust.org N.B. Joining Christian House Sitters does NOT commit you to sponsoring a child or giving any support beyond your membership fee to these children. Although naturally if you want to support that would be greatly appreciated. We have some regular sponsors and other people who give an occasional gift. All are greatly appreciated. ABOUT RAY & MARILYN We are Marilyn & Ray White. A fun loving Christian couple who have been in Christian work for over 30 years. Marilyn was born in England but moved to Zimbabwe as a baby. At the age of 16 she moved to South Africa. Ray was born in South Africa and grew up on a farm. We met in Johannesburg and got married in 1966. Ray worked in business for many years then he worked for YfC in South Africa then went on to Bible College and Pastored a church. In 1982 we moved from South Africa to England. In addition to his theological training Ray trained in Psychology and since moving to the UK he has lectured in Psychology, counselled for the NHS and opened a Christian Counselling Centre. Marilyn is also a trained counsellor and manager. In addition to the counselling we trained Christian counsellors both in our local area and by invitation in other areas of the UK. In total over 700 people completed the training courses. Many are serving the Lord by working in or through their local churches. We also ran a secular Stress Management business. We are now semi-retired and focus our time and attention on Christian House Sitters and Ray also serves as a member of our Church Leadership Team. Ray also has an active preaching ministry and runs Christian seminars on subjects such as stress management for church groups. He has written two books. A Christian book that is a very practical workbook on Christian commitment as applied to real life. The book looks at how we can surrender ourselves more fully to God. This is looked at under the headings of Physical, Mental, Social and Spiritual commitment. The book is called Let’s Get Serious. He has also written a secular book on Stress Management called Stress Overcoming this Potential Killer. (Ray was previously Chair of the International Stress Management Association UK). News Update This book has now been released as an e-book as well A few years ago we did a 2 month House Sit in France. Whilst there we felt the Lord leading us to set up a Christian House Sitting service. Since then we have done a number of other house sits. We believe this site will benefit many Christians around the world. Feel free to contact us (BUT please no spam) NOTE: If you want a fast reply the best way to contact us is via the contact page on the Christian House Sitters website www.christian-housesitters.com God bless you, Ray & Marilyn

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