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Burglary prevention tips for a stress-free holiday
It's time to go on holiday ! Your bags are packed thanks to your “holiday essentials" check-list and you're ready to walk out the door. Did you check everything before you leave?
TELL THE POLICE YOU'RE LEAVING
Telling the police that you're going on holiday is a very good way to prevent burglaries. The police will come check to make sure no one has tried to break into your house.
INFORM YOUR NEIGHBOURS
While you're away, ask your neighbours to keep an eye on your house. They can also pick up your mail so that your letterbox doesn't overflow, or do other things (open your shutters, water your plants, etc.) so that it looks like someone is home.
TAKE A PICTURE OF ALL YOUR VALUABLES
Make a list and photograph all your valuables. If anything is stolen, compensation will be easier. If you are a Foyer customer, you can store your photos in the virtual safe on your MyFoyer Client Zone.
INSTALL A VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM
Install an alarm or video surveillance system at your home so if anything happens, a team of security specialists can take action. If you would rather keep an eye on your house yourself, thanks to smart objects, you can now purchase a camera that you can steer using your smartphone. You can also purchase smart light bulbs that turn on remotely, to give the appearance that someone is home.
CHECK THE EXTERIOR OF YOUR HOUSE
Before leaving, walk around the exterior of your house to make sure nothing is lying about. Don't leave any objects that could be used to break into your house (ladder, tools, etc.).
DON'T ANNOUNCE YOUR HOLIDAY ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Do you like to post about your upcoming holidays on social media? Be careful! Burglars can use that information to find your address and go to your house, knowing you're not home. Instead, share your holiday photos when you return or only share your photos with a private audience (friends and family).
STAYING HOME ? BEWARE OF BURGLARIES !
Some burglars break in during the day, even if people are inside the house. Always lock your door, even during the day.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU NEED TO MAKE A CLAIM
- If you surprise the burglar, don't apprehend him. Instead, yell and turn on the light.
- Call the police immediately at 113.
- Contact your Foyer agent to declare the theft or use the MyFoyer Client Zone.
- Use the virtual safe in the MyFoyer Client Zone, to store photos of your valuables and receipts, which will be useful for compensation or to help the police find your items !