Criminals are always looking to take advantage of those who leave their homes during the holiday season.
Below are some tips on how to reduce your chances of becoming a victim:
- Always be mindful of strangers knocking at your door and ask for their identification when they pose as couriers or charity collectors.
- Don’t let strangers into your house to use the telephone or toilet.
- When going shopping make sure you: Don’t carry large amounts of cash; carry your purse/handbag/wallet securely by doing up the zip or buttons; park in a well lit area; and stow your packages out of sight in the boot of your car.
- When going on holidays: ask your neighbour to park their car in your driveway from time to time; get an automatic timer for your lights; and ask someone to clear your mailbox regularly.
- Make sure someone mows your lawn if you are away for an extended holiday, as this will definitely alert the criminals to an empty house.
- Installing an alarm system that goes back to base in your house, is a great way to have constant surveillance of your property.
- Some home owners even install a video surveillance. This is a great way of monitoring your house on your mobile phone when away.
- A really important tip is about not posting photos of your holiday on Facebook, while you are away. Criminals have many ways of accessing personal details, like where you live. There would be nothing worse than coming home to your house to discover that you’ve been robbed. It isn’t a great way to end a relaxing holiday, especially at Christmas time.