You’ve been planning the wedding of your dreams for months - and at the end of the celebrations you’re going to jet set off on a holiday of a lifetime. It’s an exciting time, but it’s important to ensure your property is safe before you go away so you can leave all your worries at the door!
To help you keep your home safe while you focus on the excitement of your big day, we have put together some top tips.
#1 - Keep the property illuminated
Check if your outdoor security lights are working - we advise that you make sure these are checked on a regular basis to keep dark areas illuminated and deter anyone passing.
A dark house can be an invitation to burglars – but equally, one that's lit up 24 hours a day can also be a sign that nobody's home. Lights that run on automatic timers are a big deterrent to burglars, so putting different lights on different timers will give the appearance that people are home and moving about.
#2 - Minimise the social sharing
Whilst we all love to share our holiday snaps on social media, doing so could make your home a target. Cunning criminals are now using technology to track the whereabouts of homeowners and posting about your next holiday makes this easier for them.
Before heading off on your honeymoon, make sure you turn off your location settings and update your privacy features so you can safely share your #holidayspam with family and friends who will no doubt be excited to see how your honeymoon is going.
#3 - Use a safe key safe
It’s common practice to leave friends, family or even a trusted neighbour a spare set of keys whilst you are away – but it’s particularly handy when you’re on your honeymoon.
A locked metal key safe, such as the Supra C500 KeySafeTM, provides a secure alternative method of externally storing up to six keys on the exterior of a property, giving you peace of mind.
You can use a key safe to give secure access to your property in a safe manner so you can ask someone you trust to water the plants and take the post in for you. What’s more - you can change the code as many times as you want, which is especially useful if you are using it for those who don’t need access once you are back from your honeymoon.
#4 - Keep up with home maintenance
It’s a small thing, but mowing the lawn before you set off will prevent rousing suspicion that no one is home. Lack of property upkeep can tip off burglars that you're not around.
#5 - Don't forget to lock up
Bathing suit? Check. Camera? Check. Locked the back door…
Double-check that all windows and doors are locked before you leave. The last thing you want to do is let the thieves just walk right in. Also, deposit any cash you’ve got for your wedding and stash any other valuables in a fireproof and waterproof safe. If you have a home alarm system, arm it before you leave for your trip.
#6 - Enjoy your honeymoon
Once you've made sure that your home is safeguarded, you can rest easy on your first official trip as a married couple.