While the holidays typically represent a happy, care-free time, South African crime statistics don’t take a break. Here are some tips to ensure you don’t become part of those stats this December:
- Create illusions
It’s best to find someone trustworthy to housesit your home while you are away. However, this is not always possible. Ensure you create the illusion that someone is at your house. Put a timer on lights to ensure the same light doesn’t constantly stay on or ask a neighbour to check in and open curtains during the day and close them again at night.
- Avoid giveaways
Two dead giveaways are the same lights staying on day and night and post and newspapers accumulating in post boxes or driveways. For December or the time frame you plan on being away, make sure you rather subscribe to a digital version of your favourite publication or ask a neighbour or family member to collect your post. Put timers on lights you’re planning on leaving on to ensure you create the illusion that someone is at the property.
- Garden maintenance
If you’re planning on staying away for a few weeks at a time, arrange to have your lawn mowed and garden tended to. This will also create the illusion that someone is at your house and keeping an eye on things.
- Loading zones
When packing to go on holiday, make sure you don’t load the car in plain sight where anyone can see you’re packing up to go on a trip. Pull the car into your backyard or pack the car in the garage away from curious criminal eyes.
- Keep your spare keys safe
This may seem obvious but don’t leave keys lying around for anyone to find. Obvious spots to leave house keys include under doormats and in pot plants close to a door. Criminals are always looking for easy ways to enter your home, don’t make it even easier.
- Loose lips sink ships
Be careful who you inform about your holiday plans. Don’t post about it on social media and if you do, make sure your account’s security settings are on private.
Do you have any other tips? Leave them in the comments.