As a blogger, I love sharing a photo on social media as much as the next person. Probably a bit more than the next person, to be honest. And we all know that the absolute nicest photos to share are holiday photos.
But here’s the thing. YOU DON’T HAVE TO SHARE THEM WHILE YOU ARE ON HOLIDAY.
Every time I come back from holiday, I put photos on social media and say ‘I’ve just got back from Padstow/ Rome/ Copenhagen… ‘ and people respond with ‘I didn’t know you were on holiday’.
That’s because I didn’t tell them. Why would I want to advertise to my social media followers that I’m on holiday? Yet nearly everyone does it.
Saving your holiday photos until you’re back home is just one way of keeping your home safe from burglars while you’re away.
According to London Locksmith, there’s lots more you can be doing to keep your home and possessions safe while you’re away:
- Remove all ‘location services’ from your social media when you’re on holiday
- Set your accounts to ‘private’ – that way only people you really know and trust will see your photos
- If the worst does happen, you can safeguard your valuables with some more inventive hiding places – hollowed-out books, the ‘soil’ of fake plants, children’s bedrooms or carefully wrapped in the back of the fridge
- If someone is coming round to feed the pets or water the plants, give them a key – don’t hide it under the doormat, under a plant pot or under the bin, as they are always the first places burglars will look
Insurer Axa also recommends:
- Lights, TV and radio on timers at random time of the day
- Angled blinds to stop people looking inside (closed curtains in the day are a dead giveaway)
- Get a friend or family member to pop in and clear away the post, put the bins out and even move the car
- Leave a bit of clutter out – remote control, books, toys etc – to make the house look ‘lived-in’
There are few things that can ruin a holiday more than coming home to a break-in (or getting called while you are away because of a break-in), so I might be a ‘bad blogger’ or ‘bad Instagrammer’, but I’m going to keep saving my holiday photos until I get home and I’m also going to look into getting timers for the lights and TV.
How do you keep your house and possessions safe while you’re on holiday?
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