Summer Home Safety

Coronavirus forced many people to place holiday plans on hold. However, with the government now reviewing travel, it’s possible you might just get away this year. Whether you are planning a foreign holiday or not, you’ll likely be out enjoying your newfound freedom at pubs and restaurants over the Summer, leaving your homes unoccupied much more regularly as lockdown restrictions lift. While this can be great news for the economy, it could bring a possible rise in household burglaries so it’s important to be vigilant. Here’s our top tips on keeping your home safe this Summer.

Ensure your doors are locked

While the nice weather means we typically spend longer outdoors, we can often forget to lock the doors after we leave the house. Always remember to keep both front and back doors locked, whether you’re simply going for a jog or popping out to your local shop. Don’t forget your windows!

Protect your home online

If you do want to use social media to tell friends that you’re in the pub or on holiday, there are things you can do to protect your home and possessions from burglars. Make sure your social media profile is set to private and avoid using the location and check-in features when you’re out and about. Also, try to save those holiday posts until after you are back home.

Get tech savvy together with your home security

You could think about installing a wi-fi security camera to deter potential thieves. Or keep an eye on things with a video doorbell. Another clever tip is to install smart lights. Some smart lights have away modes that turn the lights on and off intermittently making it appear as though someone is home.

Get covered with contents insurance

Help give yourself greater peace of mind this summer and beyond by taking out a contents insurance policy if you haven’t already. Our Contents Insurance includes cover against loss or damage in the home from theft, including theft from your outbuildings*, helping you enjoy your time out and about, by protecting the things you leave at home.

 

*Co-op Insurance Theft cover is subject to exclusions and policy limits. Please check our policy documents for further information and to check suitability. Home insurance is offered through Co-op Insurance Services and administered by Affinity Insurance Solutions Limited.