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Summer holiday home security

posted 29 Jul 2020, 09:27 by Chris Hoare

With the start of the summer holidays, people are beginning to take some well needed breaks.  Whether you are away for a few days or longer, or even enjoying a Staycation in the garden or a holiday home, please take every opportunity to ensure that criminals are not able to spoil your day by following a few simple steps:

  • Always lock your external doors, even when you are at home. 
  • Check the doors and windows are secure before leaving the house or at night, especially doors like French doors. Don’t assume another member of the household has done it.
  • Don’t leave keys in the locks or within reach or sight of the door or window. Make sure you have a fire plan so everyone in the house can leave quickly in the event of an emergency.
  • Windows should be left secure when the room is unoccupied.
  • Never leave a door or window insecure to allow a pet or family member access.
  • Never leave car keys within reach or sight of the doors or windows. 
  • Lock cycles in a secure shed or garage. Fit a secure ground anchor and lock them to that too. 
  • Always lock tools away after working in the garden to prevent them being used to force entry. 
  • Ensure your rear garden is secure and lock gates. 


For further advice and a simple home security self-assessment, please use the following link Home Security Checklist

https://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/homesecuritychecklist1.pdf


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Police Connect Team

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