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Summer is a time to enjoy the company of family and friends and maybe even a trip away. To help you keep your summer a safe and happy one, here are 10 top home security tips for the holiday season provided by Guild Insurance.

1. Lock up
While this may be obvious, it is often overlooked. A 2007 survey of Australian households by Woolcott Research found that more than 35% of Australians still leave doors and windows unlocked when they aren’t home.

Deadlocks and window locks operated with a key not only make it much harder to break into the home, but also can prevent an easy exit, making it harder for burglars to remove large items from your home.

2. Don’t forget to lock up the shed, garage and side gates as well!

3. Visibility increases security
Install sensor lights that are activated by movement as these can be a deterrent for burglars. You’d also do well to keep your house visible from the street so trim shrubs and remove any other protection for burglars.

4. Have a security alarm system
We strongly recommend consulting a professional alarm installation company to get this done.

5. Don’t advertise that you are out or away
It has been reported that social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter may present a risk if you share your upcoming holidays or new purchases in these public forums.

6. Don’t provide temptation
Don’t leave boxes for new purchases such as a computer outside where they are visible. Keep valuable items such as laptops and jewellery out of sight when you aren’t at home. This is also a great rule for items kept in your car when it’s parked either at home or away.

7. Make it look like you are home
Get someone to collect your mail and leave your contact details with a friend or neighbour who is able to keep an eye on the house.

8. Mark your goods with your name
This makes them easier to identify and recover, and prevents burglars from reselling them.

9. Review your level of insurance cover
In 2005, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) estimated that 70% of Australian homes were underinsured, placing them at risk of reduced payouts in the event of a claim. Make sure you have sufficient cover and also consider if your insurance policy has a safety net to give you added protection against underinsurance.

10. Be bushfire-ready
With a hot summer coming up, make sure your property is free from a build up of leaves and other combustible materials. For more information on preparing your property for fire contact your state or local government or your local fire brigade.

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