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As the nights are becoming darker and longer this month, it’s important to think about making sure that your property is safe and secure when you’re not at home and importantly, check out the drives and paths so that when you do arrive home, you can avoid any obstacles on your drive or front path at night.  Whether you’re selling your home or just want to be prepared, here are our top 10 property safety and security tips for you:


  1. Have a look around the perimeter of your home in daylight and check that paths and drives are kept free of clutter and garden debris.  Leaves can cause paths to become slippery when they’re wet and you might not see them in the dark.
  2. If you have external lighting, test the lightbulbs to make sure they are working. Think about installing a security light which comes on when someone approaches the property.
  3. If you are returning when it’s dark, think about leaving a porch light on, if you have one, or a lamp in one of the rooms at the front of the house so you can see what you are doing.
  4. Carry a torch in your bag or pocket in case the lights are not working when you get home.
  5. If the property is empty, consider leaving a radio on and put timers on lights so it gives the impression that someone is home.
  6. Keep the doors and side gates to the property locked and don’t leave the keys somewhere that they can be seen.
  7. If you are away, ask with a friend or neighbour to pop in and pick the mail up so it’s not left lying around.
  8. Don’t leave tools or garden implements lying around as this could encourage people to walk into your garden.
  9. Don’t leave valuables in your car where they can be seen.
  10. Ensure you have adequate home and contents insurance and notify your insurance company if you’re going to be away for a prolonged period as it might invalidate your insurance.
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