Kildare Gardai have issued security advice to homeowners to prevent their properties being broken into while on holidays.
Burglars often strike if they believe a house is unoccupied over a weekend or for a longer period.
Tell-tale signs for thieves that the owners are away include curtains not drawn in the mornings, two cars left in the driveway or wheelie bins left outside the premises.
Gardai have issued the following advice to Co Kildare homeowners going on holiday.
* Outside security lighting should be properly installed. Avoid the creation of shadowy, dark areas and position the light fitting out of reach. Aim for a uniform light level and direct the light beam appropriately. Consider your neighbours and avoid light pollution.
* Use a timer switch to turn on lights and other appliances to create the impression that someone is at home.
*Before you go on holidays ask a neighbour, friend or family member to open and close curtains and remove post and deliveries if they haven’t already been cancelled.
* Every act you take to make your home look as it does when you are there, helps to deter the burglar
It sounds obvious but always lock doors and windows. In one in every five burglaries
, the intruder has simply walked through an open door or climbed though an open window.
Store keys safely, last year over 200 sets of car keys were fished through letterboxes or through open windows across the country.
If you have a house alarm, remember to set it even when you’re home at night.
Home owners whether in clustered or remote locations could all benefit by being members of a Neighbourhood Watch, Community Alert and/or Text Alert schemes.
Text Alert has proved to be a very effective tool in crime prevention.
Why not take a few moments to complete the "Home Security Checklist Challenge" on www.garda.ie
and see just how secure is your home.
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