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.
You do NOT want to come home to this.
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 weeks 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.
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.
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