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Jun

EPC - Keeping Your Home Safe when you are away on holidays

Essential information

There are things you can do every day to help make your home safer but when you are on holidays it is not as easy.

A home that looks unattended is generally an easier target for a burglar.

Coming home from your honeymoon, African safari or Mediterranean cruise can be gloomy. But returning from a memorable Holiday and learning something has gone seriously wrong at home can be downright devastating.

The key to deterring burglars while you are away is to make your home look like someone's at home. Before heading off on holiday, here are some easy tips to prepare your home:

  1. Ask EPC to Help

    A simple, all though crucial, way to gain peace of mind while traveling is to ask EPC to keep an eye on your house while you're away.. EPC will drive by your home once every day or so and check on the place. EPC will have a key so that they can bring your mail in, feed your cat, water your plants, water your garden, etc. If you don't use a garage, you may also want to give EPC a key to your car - you never know when your vehicle may need to be moved. EPC should also have your contact information and a copy of your itinerary in case of emergencies. If you do have another person visiting your house while you're away? Don’t forget to notify EPC!

  2. Don't Tip Off Criminals on the Web

    In a world where it seems everyone is blabbing about their business on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, it's important to stop and think:

    Who exactly is reading this stuff?

    The anonymity of the Internet can encourage us to share personal information without fully realizing that there may be hundreds of complete strangers receiving our daily musings. Would you announce to a crowd that you will be leaving your house unattended for two weeks this December? If not, then you should think twice about posting your detailed vacation plans on Twitter or Facebook - especially if that information is visible to Internet users other than your friends and family (and it probably is).
    Be careful of what you say on your answering machine or voice mail too. Callers don't need to know that you're not home - they just need to know that you can't come to the phone right now.

  3. Pull the Plug

    Unplug your television, computer, toaster oven and other appliances to protect them from power surges. Do this to save power as well. According to Energy Australia, many appliances use power even when they're turned off.

  4. Remove Your Spare Key

    That plastic rock isn't fooling anyone. If criminal figures out you're away on vacation, it's likely that he or she will check your porch for a spare key. So reach under the mat, into the mailbox, above the door frame or into the flower pot and remove your spare key before you leave on your away.

Additional Tips:

  • Leave a radio on and tune it to a talkback station

  • Use a timer on lamps to make it look like someone is inside

  • Cancel deliveries, such as newspapers, or have a trusted person collect it for you

  • You should also have a trusted neighbour, relative or Neighbourhood Watch Area Coordinator empties your letterbox and take your bin out and in, even if it is empty

  • Hang some old clothes on the line and leave old shoes outside the front door

  • If you are going away for an extended period of time, consider getting a house-sitter and arrange for someone to mow your lawn

  • Try not to leave invitations or notes about holidays in plain view such as stuck on the fridge, next to the phone or on a whiteboard

  • If you are out for the evening, leave a light on and close the curtains.

  • Here are some tips to manage your phone and messages before you go on holidays:

  • Divert your home phone to your mobile or lower the volume on your phone

  • On your answering machine say 'We can't come to the phone right now' rather than 'I'm on holidays and will be back on...'

  • If you live alone, say 'We can't come to the phone right now' rather than 'I can't come to the phone right now'.

  • Absence from home register

  • Many police stations operate an Absence from home register, where you can leave your contact information and the times and dates that you will be away.

  • Absence from Residence Form

  • Police can use this information to perform checks in the area during usual patrols. If using this service, be sure to notify police when you return, especially if returning earlier than planned.

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  • Thank you so much to Margaret from EPC.
    Margaret was able to help me make an interstate purchase from a retail store at very short notice the day before a long weekend.
    Margaret was friendly and helpful and was actually able to help me on the day I called! So by the afternoon my item was purchased and in the mail on the way to me.
    I can't thank her enough and would recommend her to anyone needing great executive support.
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