The last thing you’ll likely be thinking about while away on your caravan staycation is your home, but there are a number of precautions you should take before forgetting about it completely.
Experts at money.co.uk have put together a list of tips to ensure you’re not advertising your house as empty while you’re away.
Be careful about posting online
Don’t post pictures of the exterior of your house to social media, as thieves could use them to target your home when they then see pictures of your holiday highlighting that it’s empty.
Believe it or not, it’s also possible to have keys cut from pictures, so never pose with them in a new home picture you intend to share on Instagram or Facebook.
Maintain a lived in look
Put your lights on a timer to come on regularly or ask a friend to park in your drive in order to make your home look lived in while you’re away.
Invest in a video camera doorbell
You can answer a video camera doorbell remotely, which could deter criminals if they’re testing to see if anyone is at home.
Alternatively, you can use the footage to catch burglars should they break in.
Get covered with home insurance
Just as it’s vital to have specialist insurance for your caravan, you should also get cover for your home in case you’re burgled while you’re away.
Check your policy
Make sure your insurance policy covers expensive items like laptops and bikes when you’re away from home, if you’re not taking these things with you.
Salman Haqqi, personal finance expert from money.co.uk said: “Always be mindful when sharing your holiday pictures and location on social media. It’s almost the same as walking down the street and telling everyone you’re not going to be home.”
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