Everyday life. Five low-cost tips to avoid being robbed while on vacation

As you know, the burglary season is summer (44%), ahead of autumn (26%) and winter (24%), especially December, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Internal Affairs (2021). In one of the two cases, the occupants of the premises were absent at the time of the incident. So how do you properly secure your home, especially before the holidays? How to scare off thieves if you do not 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, be sure to close access to your home for at least five minutes. In the event of a long absence, whether it is the door of the garage, shed or entrance, which we do not just slam shut, but which we lock with two locks, or the shutters that we close, especially if some windows are easily accessible from the outside. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, most robbers simply break open the front door, to a lesser extent – windows, climb over a balcony, fence or gate.

2/ Don’t make it easy for them

Draw curtains to make it harder for a possible intruder to spot, and don’t leave anything in the garden, like a ladder, to make it easier for him. Also, don’t leave a key on the inside lock of a glass door, this can seriously tempt an intruder to break the glass to get into your home. And what about a keychain hidden under a rug, in a mailbox, or in a flower pot “in case” you lose another? These are all too obvious hiding places… Finally, remember not to post anything on your social networks or on your children’s social networks in real time, this information makes it easier for thieves to act.

3/ Warn your neighbors

Your relatives know, but did you tell your neighbors that you were going on vacation? If you get along well with them and they are reliable people, trust them with spare keys so that they can come in from time to time, if everything goes well, pick up mail so that the mailbox does not get clogged. and alert you or the police if there are any suspicious movements or noises coming from your home. Another good reflex is to inform the police station or the gendarmerie of your departure and return dates as part of the free Operation Serenity Vacation so that your house is under police surveillance during your absence.

4/ Imitation of your presence

Despite the development of remote work,Last year, in one of two cases, tenants were not in the home at the time of the robbery. To simulate your presence, if you have a landline, consider having your calls forwarded to a mobile phone or other line so you can answer even when you’re not around. It is also possible to install programmers that will turn on and off the light, radio or television, for 10 euros per box. Thanks to home automation, electric roller shutters can also be remotely opened and closed randomly for a hundred euros.

5/Add scare systems

In a worthy row of the famous “attention naughty dog”, why not put a sign on the gate “attention, house under surveillance”? To add to the illusion, in the absence of installing a wireless alarm that costs between 1,000 and 2,000 euros, according to 60 million consumers, you can install dummy cameras for about ten euros each. Other systems can deter thieves, such as presence light detectors (50 to 200 euros) or burglar alarms with a siren (100 to 200 euros per set).