Everyday life. Five inexpensive tips to avoid being robbed while on vacation

Summer is known to be the season for theft (44%), ahead of autumn (26%) and winter (24%), especially in December, according to the latest Home Office figures (2021). In every second case, the occupants of the residence were absent at the time of the incident. So, how do you properly protect your home, especially before going on vacation? How to deter thieves if you don’t have enough money for a reliable door or security system? Here are our five inexpensive tips.

1/Close doors and windows tightly

It sounds silly, but before leaving, at least for five minutes, be sure to block access to your accommodation. In the event of an extended absence, whether it’s the garage, shed or entry door that we don’t just close, we double-lock, or the shutters that we close, especially if some of the windows are easily accessible from the outside. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, most robbers simply break in through the front door, to a lesser extent through the windows, or climb onto a balcony, fence or gate.

2/ Don’t make it easy for them

Draw the curtains to prevent a would-be intruder from being spotted, and remember not to leave anything lying around in the garden, such as a ladder, to make his job easier. Also, don’t leave a key on the inside lock of a glass door, as this could tempt an intruder to break the glass to gain entry into your home. How about a key fob hidden under the doormat, in the mailbox, or in a flower pot “just in case” you lose another one? These are all too obvious hiding places… Finally, remember not to post anything on your social networks or your children’s social networks in real time, this information makes it easier for thieves.

3/ Warn your neighbors

Your relatives are aware, but have you told your neighbors that you are going on vacation? If you get along well with them and they’re trustworthy people, trust them with spare keys so they can check in every now and then if things go well, pick up mail so they don’t clutter up the mailbox, and alert you or the police if there’s any suspicious movement or noise coming from your home. Another good reflex is to inform the police station or gendarmerie of your departure and return dates as part of the free Operation Quiet Holiday so that your home is under police surveillance while you are away.

4/ Simulate your presence

Despite the development of remote work,Last year, in every second case, residents were not at home at the time of the robbery. To simulate your presence, if you have a landline, consider having your calls transferred to a cell phone or another line so you can answer even when you’re not around. It is also possible to install programmers that will turn the lights, radio or TV on and off for €10 per box. Thanks to home automation, electric roller shutters can also be remotely controlled, opening and closing them at will for a hundred euros.

5/Add containment systems

In the worthy line of the famous “attention naughty dog”, why not put a sign on your gate “attention, house under supervision”? To add to the illusion, in the absence of installing a wireless alarm system, which 60 million consumers estimate costs around €1,000 to €2,000, you can install dummy cameras for around ten euros each. Other systems can deter thieves, such as light presence sensors (€50-200) or burglar alarms with a siren (€100-200 per set).