Leaving Manchester for the summer? Remember that empty student homes can be tasty targets for burglars, and homes without security measures are five times more at risk of burglary than those with security measures. Here’s an exciting list of some things you can do to make sure you make your house is as theft-proof as possible this summer. Most of these are very obvious so I’ve tried to make it as non-patronising as possible, so please bear with me – you might have missed something out!
- Double-check that all doors and windows are locked, as well as gates to the back of your property.
- Secure bikes inside.
- Make sure that you can’t see valuables from ground floor windows.
- Take your most valuable items away with you over summer, pay to keep them in storage or give them to a friend who’s sticking around over summer.
- Consider a timer switch to turn on your lights if you’re going on holiday for a short period
- Hide all keys and make sure they’re not near the letterbox.
- Ask a friendly neighbour to keep an eye on your property.
- Avoid raving about your holiday plans on social media – this is an easy way for burglars to see that your house will be unoccupied!
- Cancel unnecessary mail so there’s not an obvious pile of letters and junk mail underneath your letterbox.
- Ask the landlord to trim your hedges so your house is easily seen from the street, and request automatic outside lighting.
- All appliances and heating turned off
- Make sure bins are emptied and put back (bins left out will not only annoy neighbours but are a sign no –one is about!)
Have a safe and happy summer!