Going away over Easter? Things you can do to secure your rental home

Planning to head out of town for Easter and the school holidays? If you’re going away you might want to think about how you’re going to secure your home. Here are a few ideas.

1. Windows and doors
Make sure your windows and doors are locked and secure. If there are any issues with any of your locks, security screens or flyscreens, now is a good time to get them fixed.
Lights – Use timer switches to turn lamps on and off periodically or ask a friend or family member to drop by every few days to turn on different lights.

2. Lawns and gardens
Check your sprinklers are working correctly and the reticulation timer is set correctly. Ask a friend to drop by and hand water plants if the weather becomes really hot.

3. Have someone check your mail and cancel newspaper deliveries
An unmistakable sign that your house is empty are letters, newspapers and pamphlets piling up in and around your letterbox. Ask your neighbour or a friend to collect your mail for you. If you are going to be away for an extended period, ask the post office to put a hold on your mail.

4. Tell your neighbours and friends
Do you have a good relationship with your neighbours? Let them know you’ll be away and ask them to keep an eye on your home and leave them your contact details. Similarly make sure your friends have a copy of your full itinerary. Check your insurance Before you pack up your car and head off, give your insurance company a call and check your coverage. Make sure you have the right level and that all your valuables are covered on your policy.

For more tips and information visit Neighbourhood Watch.