School holidays are almost upon us, and it’s not just Cliff Richard who wants to go on a summer holiday. After the enforced confinement of COVID, we all want to get away, and while many people are looking forward to a well-deserved vacation, housebreakers are planning to take advantage of the holiday season. If you’re planning a summer getaway, the Ultimate Alarms team has put together a list of simple summer vacation security tips.
Getting ready to go
Always have all your vital identity documents (passport, visas) and health insurance card and details of your travel insurance policy with you.
If you’re taking electronics (phones, tablets, laptops) with you, make a note of the serial number. It’s considerably easier for police to find and recover them if you have these to hand.
Money and identity documents should never be kept in your hold luggage or suitcase. Keep them safe and close to you in your handbag or manbag at all times.
Have a photo or your particular suitcases and ensure that they have a luggage tag with your destination. If you need to file a claim with the airline in the event of your bags going missing, this will save you a lot of time and bother.
Safety in the hotel or apartment
Any valuables, money, or identity documents should not be left out in the open in your room. Speak to reception about using their safe.
When travelling, avoid carrying large sums of cash for your own safety. Instead, use a credit or debit card as much as you can but, be aware, that in some countries (e.g. Germany) cash is still king.
Upon returning home
If you arrive home and notice any lights turned on (that you didn’t leave on), shattered windows, or forced doors, do not enter. Call the police right away.
One of the best ways you can protect your home while you’re away on your summer holiday is to invest in a monitored alarm system.
A monitored alarm means that you need never have to worry about always being able to check your security system personally. You can relax in the knowledge that trained operatives at a state-of-the-art Alarm Receiving Centre oversee and respond appropriately to any alarm activations. Optional personal panic alarms and medical alert fobs mean that not just your property is protected but also your family members. Let Ultimate Alarms install a monitored security system for you to deliver professional levels of protection in Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Lanarkshire & Dunbartonshire. Click here for monitored alarms.