Keep your home safe while you're away
Tips to ensure you don’t arrive home to any unwanted surprises.
With many Queenslanders planning a road trip or getaway over the school holidays as travel restrictions ease, now is the time to start thinking about home safety.
Follow the 10 tips below and make sure you don’t return home from your holiday to an unwanted surprise.
It’s essential to lock your home every time you leave the house, but even more important when you’re away for an extended period. Remember to go around your home the week before and make sure all your windows, doors and locks are working properly.
Check the mail and rubbish
Nothing says a home is empty like an overflowing mailbox or bins left out too long. Organise with a neighbour, family or friends for someone to come by and collect your mail regularly and bring your bins in. This will give the illusion someone is home.
Signs of life
Leave a set of keys with a trusted neighbour, friend or family member and have them go inside your home and park their car in the driveway to maintain appearances.
If you don’t have anybody who can come by your home or want an extra level of protection, set up timers to promote indoor activity. You can put lamps, lights, radios and TVs on timers to make your house look lived in. If you do this, make sure people cannot see an empty room through the windows.
Invest in a security or camera system for that extra peace of mind while you’re away. The best deterrent to many thieves is a high-tech security system or a dog. Depending on your level of home security, you may also be eligible for a Home and Contents Insurance discount.
Let there be light
Set up a range of motion sensor lights around the exterior of your property to keep any unwanted visitors in the spotlight.
Pay your bills
Remember to pay your bills before you leave or set up a direct debit. You don’t want your electricity to be cut, rendering your home alarm, motion lights and indoor activity systems useless.
Be careful what you put on social media
While it may be fun to show the great time you’re having on holiday. Opportune thieves may use this information against you.
Clean out your fridge
While it won’t stop a burglary, there is nothing worse than coming home to a foul odour from rotten food stinking out your home.
Turn the water supply off
Nobody wants to come home to a house that has been flooded due to a burst pipe or hose. Over the past three years, almost 10,000 claims have been lodged with RACQ for water-damaged homes as a result of faulty flexi hoses.
Know you’re covered:
Enjoy the security that Queensland’s Largest Club offers with RACQ Home and Contents Insurance. And, remember to call a professional plumber to install and service your hoses to ensure your home is safe. RACQ Trade Assist gives you access to a trusted network of tradies for fast and reliable service at fixed pricing~*. Check our website to see if Trade Assist is available in your area.
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