12th December 2017 - 7 min read
Home burglary. The very thought would sends shudders down anyone’s spine. Let’s be honest, how would you feel if you returned home from a trip – or even from the grocery store – to find your home turned upside down like it was just hit by a hurricane and all your valuables stolen?
In fact, let’s forget the valuables for a second and think about how you and your family would feel knowing that a complete stranger has broken into your home – a safe haven – and that they could very well do it again?
With the year-end holidays looming over us, we’re sure that you’re already making plans to balik kampung or even go on a trip to relax after a long year. But, before you leave for your trip, be sure to safeguard your home and avoid these five mistakes that could attract burglars to your vacant house like bees to honey;
You don’t have to leave the lights in your home on 24/7 while you’re away, but you shouldn’t completely leave it dark and unkempt either. A poorly maintained and groomed house can attract unwanted attention – especially the burglars – as it’s also a sign of a lack of security.
Consider getting programmable or motion-activated lights for certain parts of your home (such as your porch or living room) so you can time it to stay on at night and deter burglars. Also, keep your yard and lawn clean and well-maintained even when you’re not home. Besides that, ask your neighbour or family members to help out with the cleaning while you’re away.
It’s important for you to keep a spare key in case of emergencies, but you need to conceal it well so that no one else can find it and be given a “free pass” to break in your home. Experienced burglars can pretty much guess where most people hide their spare keys and have no trouble finding them (in the case where the keys are in full view) and invite themselves in.
Get creative and hide your spare key in places that only you know, and don’t tell anyone other than your family members where your spare key is!
This is a dead giveaway that you haven’t been home for a long time. Since most burglars usually do a little bit of reconnaissance to identify your daily routine patterns before breaking into your home, signs of neglect like piled up mails basically tell them that it’s go time for their misdeed.
Tip: Cancel your mails and subscriptions. Opt for email statements instead. You can also ask your neighbour or a trusted person to check in your home while you’re away every few days to minimise the signs of neglect – and to give the impression that your home is always occupied.
Home security features are great in deterring burglars, but they can be pricey. We’ve mentioned programmable or sensor lights for your porch, but consider adding motion-activated alarm system and security cameras as well. These can range anywhere between RM150 to over RM1,000, depending on the brand and features.
If you don’t have the time and the money to set up proper security cameras, buy the dummy versions instead. You can get them on Lazada for less than RM10. They may not be able to record anything, but their presence is usually enough to make burglars think twice before listing your home in their to-rob list.
If you leave your food on the table in full view, someone is bound to help themselves to it. The same principle works with your home; keep your windows and curtains closed and never leave your valuables in plain sight.
Keep your TV, laptop, and valuables hidden (in you can’t move big items like your TV, just make sure they’re hidden from view) and locked away. Secure your jewelry in a password protected safe box or hide them somewhere unusual. You can even leave cheap decoy jewelry around to trick burglars into leaving your hidden – and expensive – jewelry untouched.
Your home is your safe place, so before you leave it to go on your trip, make sure to check this list to help secure your home from unwanted attention and accidents:
Going on a year-end trip is plenty of fun, but be sure to have fun on the safe side! If you’re driving, check your vehicle’s spare tyres, emergency kit, as well as the first-aid kit and send it for servicing before you leave to ensure it’s in an optimum condition.
If you’re flying, don’t underestimate travel insurance even if you already have medical insurance! It can help you with travel-related mishaps, including cancelled flights, lost baggage, and speaking of robbery, if you’re robbed off your valuables while on your trip. Lastly, choose the right protection for your home.
With Allianz Smart Home Cover, you can choose from five different coverage; HomeOwner (building), HouseHolder (home content), Mortgage Loan Installment Protection, HomeFix (home repairs), and Landlord Insurance. So, which home insurance coverage will you get from Allianz Smart Home Cover? Click the button below to learn more about what it has to offer, and how it can protect your home better!
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