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How safe is your home if you're away?

How safe is your home if you're away?

If you’re planning a holiday or a trip away no doubt you’ll be busy making all those final arrangements, but don’t forget to ensure you leave your home safe and
secure. Check out our hints and tips to create a safe and secure home whilst you are away from home…

Tips for a safe and secure home whilst you’re away

  • Check your home insurance cover - Ensure any newly purchased items are covered within your contents insurance
  • Install a timer - Put lights on a timer to come on in the evening. This is an effective way to make it look like someone is at home
  • Leave curtains and blinds open - Closed curtains throughout the daytime can make it obvious you’re away
  • Mow the lawn before you go away - This will ensure your garden doesn’t look suspiciously un-kept and overgrown
  • Don’t forget the postman! - If you are going away for a long period of time consider signing up to the Royal Mail Keepsafe™ service which will hold your postal deliveries for up to 66 days. This will ensure a pile of post doesn’t collect on your door mat making it obvious you’re away
  • Keep valuable items out of sight - If items are small, consider keeping them in a lockable safe
  • Don’t announce you’re going on holiday on social media - If you want to share your positive experience with your friends, share it when you get back. You never know who may see your post and consequently research where you live
  • Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye out for when you’re away - If your neighbour has more than one car and you have taken yours away, it may be worth asking if they would park on your drive
  • Unplug all electrical appliances that aren’t on timers - This will save on potential powers surges and energy for items left on standby
  • Securely lock all windows, doors, garages and sheds - Do not leave spare keys anywhere in sight

Get a quote from Benenden if your home insurance is due for renewal soon. We’ve created home insurance cover with features, such as, optional accidental damage for your home and contents and a personal project manager for claims over £3,000 as standard.