Holidays – Protect your home!

Dear Resident,

With many of us jetting off for the sunshine over the next few weeks, no one wants to return home to find it has been burgled.

Unfortunately, burglaries increase this time of year, partially because windows are left open due to the hot weather, but also because houses are left vacant.

The PSNI have released a number of simple steps that can be taken to prevent your home from becoming a target for thieves.

  • Remember to cancel milk, newspaper or other deliveries;
  • Make your home look like someone is living in it, don’t leave curtains closed and use timer switches to turn some lights on when it is dark;
  • Cut the grass before you leave and trim any hedges that obscure your house, so your home can be seen;
  • Get a friend or relative to keep an eye on your house and prevent post from piling up;
  • Lock important documents and valuable items in a safe place or use the bank;
  • Do not put your home address on your luggage when you are travelling to your holiday destination;

Also, ensure you set alarms, using light timer switches and that windows and doors are locked.

You can also notify Police that you are away and be added to the ‘Vacant Properties List’. Just call 101 and ask to be put through to Lisburn Road Police Station.

As ever stay safe

Many thanks,

Dr Andrew Charles
Old Stranmillis (Road) Residents’ Association

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Thank you