It’s the stuff of nightmares – you return to your lovely home after a relaxing two weeks away, only to find your door unlocked and the place completely cleaned out by thieves.
Whenever you leave your property unoccupied for an extended period of time you increase the risk that it could be targeted by burglars.
This is because burglars are opportunists, which means that they’re always on the lookout for an easy target. A property that’s clearly been vacated for a long time provides the perfect opportunity for thieves to sneak in and out with minimal risk of being caught.
Is your house marked?
It’s even been shown that burglars sometimes use a system of markings outside of properties to keep track of how long houses have been left empty.
Lanarkshire Police in the UK recently cracked the code used by local thieves – but in your area the code could be completely different. With this in mind, it’s important to take a good look around your place to see if you can find anything that seems suspicious.
Social faux pas
The age of social media has made it even easier for burglars to target empty homes, allowing them to scout out targets from the comfort of their living room.
People love to share what they’ve bought, what they’re doing, where they’re going and who with. This might seem pretty innocuous, but it allows thieves to paint a pretty accurate picture of when and how to strike.
If you are going to make these kinds of posts on social media, make sure that your profile is private and that you know every single person that’s following you.
For more tips on how to make sure your property remains safe whilst you’re away, check out this infographic produced by Verisure – a leading home and business security solution.