A locksmith’s advice on home safety while you’re away
When you go away, whether on holiday or with work, there is naturally so much to think about. What time do you need to set off? What time is the train you have to catch? Have you got everything you need – toothbrush, passport, clean pair of socks? There are a lot of things to sort out, finalise, organise, and then when your head hits the pillow that night or when you’re finally comfortable on the train the thought suddenly strikes you: did I lock the door? Did I move the spare key? Here are our Leicester locksmith’s top tips on home safety when you’re away from your property.
Move your spare key
Some savvy people that might want to take advantage of you being away may already have noted or sniffed out where your spare key is hidden. Even if they haven’t, places like under the plant pot, door matt, or anywhere near the door are obvious hiding places that anyone seeking access to your property would check first. A word of advice from your locksmith: give your spare key to a neighbour or move it back into your house entirely.
Get a house sitter or ask a neighbour to drop in
Asking someone you trust, a close friend or a neighbour, to collect any mail that might be sticking out of the letter slot on the door will help to stop the build-up that signifies nobody is in the house to collect it. While they’re there they can water the plants, spend an hour watching television, and generally make the house seem a little bit ‘lived in’ as a deterrent to thieves.
Hide your car keys (if you don’t take the car)
If you’re not taking your car when you go away, make sure you stow away your car keys in unexpected places – beneath your pillow, maybe, or your microwave. Also, take any valuables out of your car that would tempt someone looking in, such as your SatNav.
What if the unfortunate happens?
If you do fall victim to a break-in or theft at your home, first of all contact your authorities. When it comes to feeling safe in your property after these kinds of happenings, we would always recommend seeking a locksmith. Whilst your locksmith can repair your locks, we’d actually recommend changing your locks entirely to make sure you really do feel safe and secure again. This means you’re certain you’re the only people with a key once again, so you don’t need to be worried about a repeat offence.
When you return from a trip and you find that you’ve been broken into, call our emergency locksmith. We are available 24/7 to help you when you need a locksmith the most. Call Bless Locksmiths today on 07988 388514.