Keep your home safe while you are away on holiday.
Could you offer some advice on what I should do to ensure my home is okay while I am away on holiday? I usually have my niece come to stay when I go away, but this year she will be away at the same time and I don’t really have anyone else I can ask.
For your peace of mind Faith, the following tips will help to keep your home safe while you are away on holiday.
Suspend your newspaper and mail delivery, or have a friend or neighbour clear your mailbox for you every day or two. Contact Australia Post online to hold your mail for you while you're away. They will deliver it to you the next business day after you return from your holiday.
Tell your neighbours when you will be away.
The weekend before you leave, take a walk around your house with a pair of shears and cut back any shrubbery which obscures the doors or windows.
Do not post any information on social media, e.g. Twitter and Facebook, about your holiday plans.
Think about what information you include in your personal and work automated email notification. Rather than stating you are away on holiday, redirect your emails to a friend or work colleague while you are away. The less information you give away the better.
Likewise be careful what you say on your answering machine or voice mail. You don't need to say you're not home – just that you can't come to the phone right now.
Place wood or metal rods in the tracks of your sliding doors and windows to stop someone opening them from outside.
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