Top Tips for Holidaymakers to Protect Your Empty Home

With easing COVID-19 restrictions finally meaning that we can travel abroad again, families across the UK will be preparing to leave their home for a week or longer to enjoy a relaxing beach holiday or cultural city break. Unfortunately, the summer holidays are when break-ins are most likely, as thieves see empty homes as a low-risk, high reward opportunity.

Taking some simple steps can help to deter criminals this summer and keep your home protected, even when you aren’t around. Our expert team at Armour have been keeping homes throughout Enfield and North London secure for over 30 years, and have put together the below tips for you to use this summer.

Manage Your Post and Parcels

Stacks of post spilling from your mailbox or a pile of parcels in your porch can be a red flag to an intruder that you aren’t home. If you can, ensure that any parcels are delivered to a neighbour you trust, or use Click & Collect to get your post delivered to a nearby shop which you can collect on your return. To avoid mail building up in your letterbox, ask a trusted neighbour, friend, or family member to remove mail from your letterbox every couple of days.

Set Timers for your Lighting

Another great way to give the impression that your home is being actively lived in is to use automatic timers. These simple gadgets can be attached to lamps and light switches, turning them on and off throughout the day and night to give the illusion of activity. Burglars are much less likely to target a home which they believe is occupied, protecting your home from a break-in.

Use Your Driveway

If you usually park on a driveway outside your home, consider asking a trusted neighbour to park their car on your drive for the duration of your trip. Most households have more than one car, and your neighbour will probably appreciate the parking spot! If a car is seen regularly parking outside your home, burglars are likely to believe it is the car of the homeowner, and will be less likely to target it.

Take Control of your Home Security

One of the best ways to deter criminals and provide peace of mind that your home is protected is by installing a comprehensive home security system. Visible CCTV outside the home, a visible intruder alarm and video access control on your front and rear doors will show intruders that your home is not to be messed with, and they are likely to be caught. Home CCTV systems installed by Armour can include 24/7 monitoring, meaning that in the event that an alarm is triggered, police will be sent to your property automatically.

By choosing a professional, experienced security company such as Armour to install your security system, you can have peace of mind that your home is better protected against intruders. We won’t ever oversell you products that you don’t need, and will work with you to find the best type of security cameras, house alarms and home access control systems to suit your needs and your budget.

If you live in the Enfield or North London area and are looking to protect your home against intruders this summer, get in touch with Armour today for a no-obligation quote by completing our contact form. Alternatively, you can call us on 020 8364 1717 or email