Tips to keep your home safe this Easter by MyProperty Namibia

PUBLISHED 18 APR 2019   

Easter long weekend is around the corner and before we all head out to our different destinations, the MyProperty Namibia team thought it will be useful to give a few tips to keep your home safe this Easter.

Don’t share holiday plans online

We are all very excited about sharing our Easter weekend plans with all our friends & family, online. However, criminals are getting smarter and although you might not think it’s true, criminals can get info from social media networks like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.

Our recommendation is to not post your itinerary or duration of your holiday online. Also warn your kids of posting your family holiday plans only.

Light up your home

Ensure you leave a few lights on inside your home. If your house is dark at night with no lights on, it can give an indication that no one is home. You can also purchase an affordable timer for N$ 150 - N$ 300 at any local hardware store. This will help to set the lights to turn on and off at certain times in rooms your family would usually occupy at night.

Don’t forget about external lighting - The more lighting around your house, the less opportunity there is for burglars to lurk in the dark. It is worth investing in lights that has a built in day-night sensors, so that the lights will automatically switch on in the evenings, and save power throughout the day

Get a Friend, House-or Pet Sitter to assist

We know it's sometimes difficult to get someone at short notice depending on their availability, but make sure you get at least one contact person. Whether it is a friend, a family member, a friendly neighbour or paid service like House/Pet sitter that can visit your house during Easter.

We recommend they clear any post from your postbox. A full postbox can give criminals the idea that no one is home.

It is also a good idea to have a contact person on standby in the instance that a e.g. geyser might burst or power trips and your fridge defrost over the weekend. With frequent visits to your home, things that might cause damage can be avoided.

Add extra security to your home

If you have an existing alarm system in your home, ensure you test it at least two weeks prior of going on holiday. If there is a problem, at least you have time to get the relevant security company to come and fix the alarm system.

If your property does not have an alarm system, you can look at other options, like CCTV surveillance cameras. You can purchase this online or at your local security shop, prices vary from N$1,700 to N$ 4,500. The beauty of this is, that you can have remote access monitoring your home using your mobile phone or computer from anywhere in the world.

These are our tips to keep your home safe this Easter. To all our loyal friends and followers, we hope you have a wonderful festive period and safe travels! If you want to extend your holiday permanently, find your perfect holiday home on the MyProperty Namibia portal: www.myproperty.com.na