Summer is, of course, the perfect time to head away to wherever it is that makes you happy. Some people go away to escape work for a few days, some go to chill out and some even go for work purposes (ouch). Unfortunately, on the other side of the coin are thieves – for whom you being away on holiday presents a massive opportunity. According to the Office for National Statistics, every year over £4 Billion worth of goods are stolen from UK homes. Some of the most commonly stolen items are jewellery, cash, cars or other important documents.
But don’t fret – here at Spaces & Places we happen to be experts on securing personal belongings. So, sit back, relax and pretend you’re already reclined at the pool with a drink in hand whilst we take you through our top tips for protecting your possessions whilst on holiday!
- Avoid your house looking unoccupied
This suggestion might sound a little ‘old school’ but trust us, it still works. Basic tactics such as setting your lights on to a timer, making sure that your post and deliveries don’t pile up and having your car move on and off the drive are all sure-fire ways to unsettle any potential unwanted visitors. Ideally a friend or a neighbour can help with these jobs, though alternatively Royal Mail offer a service called KeepSafe. This is a service alerting Royal Mail to keep hold of your post for a designated period of your choosing – perfect, right?
- Avoid advertising the fact that you are on holiday
Making sure that only your close circle is aware that you’re going away has always been crucial, but in the age of Social Media things have become complicated to say the least. More so than ever we have banks of information available to view online, and don’t burglars know it.
Now don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you hold off posting to your socials during your holiday (where’s the fun in that?!). What we do suggest is that you take a look at the privacy settings on your accounts to ensure that only your close friends can keep tabs on your whereabouts.
- Remove valuable items from your home
Even with the best precautions in place, ultimately there’s still no guarantee of your belongings and their safety whilst you’re away. Fortunately for you, we’re here to help. You might want to store some prized jewellery, personal documents, some cash or even your television. However much space you need, we’re able to offer affordable, insured protected facilities at each of our sites. We provide you with the best German and Italian manufactured locks and all of our storage locations have additional security features, including secure fencing, security lighting, Cor-Ten steel units, Smart Water and CCTV. Whichever site is most suitable for your needs, whether that be Manchester, Nuneaton & Atherstone, Middlewich or Winsford, you can guarantee peace of mind – leaving you and your holiday entourage to focus on the things that really matter (which we’re sure you don’t need reminding of!).