Holiday Security Checklist

When you go on holiday;

  • Use timers on radios and lights.

  • Cancel milk, newspaper and mail deliveries.

  • Have a neighbour stop by to collect junk mail, and open and close curtains

  • Make sure your neighbours know where they can contact you in an emergency and when you will be home

  • Invite neighbours to use your driveway and clothesline to make it look like someone is home

  • Lock away garden tools and ladders that could be used by a would-be thief to gain access to your house.
  • Make arrangements for family pets to be looked after. If you are away for more than a few days, arrange to have your lawns mown.
  • Consider inviting a relative or friend to house sit for you.
  • Whatever you do, don't leave a message on your answer phone that you away. Instead, clear the messages yourself or arrange to have a friend check them regularly for you.

Reprinted with kind permission of; Neighbourhood Support New Zealand