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10 Tips for Securing Homes During the Holiday Season

Posted by IOL Property on November 30, 2023
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As the holiday season approaches and many South Africans prepare to travel and spend time away from home, Antonie Goosen, principal and founder of Meridian Realty, emphasizes the importance of safeguarding homes during this period.

“Ensuring the security of your property is paramount, especially when you’re away enjoying the festive season,” says Goosen. “Implementing a few key strategies can significantly reduce the risk of break-ins or mishaps.”

To assist homeowners in safeguarding their properties, Goosen offers the following comprehensive tips:

1. Install a Comprehensive Home Security System: Invest in a reliable home security system that includes alarms, cameras, and motion sensors. Consider systems with remote monitoring capabilities for added peace of mind.

2. Illuminate Your Property: Use timers for lights or invest in smart bulbs that can be controlled remotely. Well-lit areas around your property act as a deterrent for potential intruders.

3. Inform Trusted Neighbors or Family: Notify trustworthy neighbors or family members about your absence. They can periodically check on your property, collect mail, and maintain the appearance of activity around your home.

4. Reinforce Entry Points: Ensure all doors, windows, and other entry points are securely locked. Consider installing deadbolts, window locks, or security bars for added protection.

5. Invest in Smart Locks and Security Cameras: Upgrade to smart locks that provide remote access control. Install security cameras in strategic locations to monitor your property even when you’re away.

6. Avoid Publicizing Vacation Plans: Refrain from sharing your vacation plans on social media platforms. Broadcasting your absence can inadvertently signal that your home is unoccupied.

7. Secure Valuables and Important Documents: Store valuables, important documents, and irreplaceable items in a secure, fireproof safe. Consider storing digital copies of essential documents in a secure cloud-based location.

8. Arrange for Mail and Newspaper Services: Suspend newspaper deliveries and arrange for someone to collect mail or packages. A buildup of newspapers or mail is a telltale sign of an empty home.

9. Consider Professional Monitoring Services: Explore options for professional monitoring services that can promptly respond to security alerts and take necessary action in case of any breach.

10. Create an Illusion of Presence: Use programmable devices to mimic the presence of occupants. Set timers for TVs or radios to create noise, and consider asking a neighbor to park their car in your driveway intermittently.

Antonie Goosen emphasizes, “Taking a proactive and multi-layered approach to home security is essential, especially during holiday periods. By preparing your home adequately, you can enjoy your time away with peace of mind.”

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