PROPERTY NEWS - December is a time to rest and recharge and to spend time with loved ones.
This is true for most years, and perhaps even more so considering the unusual year we have all been through.
"We all thoroughly deserve the time to relax with our friends and families," says Charnel Hattingh, Head of Marketing and Communications for Fidelity ADT. "If we remember a few basic security measures, we can make a big difference towards enjoying this time of year in safety."
The first and most important step to take, she says, is to regularly test your alarm to ensure that it is in good working order.
It is also a good idea to let your security company know what your holiday plans are and how best to get in touch with you in the event of an emergency.
- Cut back any bushes or trees that could offer easy access over walls or gates to your property or provide hiding spots for criminals.
- Inform your neighbours and neighbourhood watch of your holiday plans so that they can keep an eye on your property.
- If hiring a house-sitter, ensure that you teach them how to use your alarm correctly.
- If you don't have a house-sitter, ask a neighbour or friend to turn on lights occasionally so that there is a sense that someone is around. If this is not possible, consider putting your outside lights on a timer.
- Double-check that you have locked and secured all windows and doors before leaving home.
- Turn off your geyser and any unnecessary electrical appliances so you can save on electricity and be environmentally friendly.
"We also recommend that people be careful and discreet about packing for a long journey and to not give any indication that your home might be unattended for an extended period," says Hattingh.
The key thing to remember is to make sure that everyone in your family is prepared and that they know exactly what to do in case of an emergency.
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