The Crime Prevention Website


Going on holiday

Have you ever come home from a wonderful holiday to discover that you’ve been broken into?  A burglary is just as bad at any time, but there’s something about the one that happened while you were away.  Perhaps you asked yourself “Why didn’t the neighbours hear what was going on?” “Why didn’t I run the table lamps off the timer switches that I bought last month?”

About 60% of burglaries occur when there is nobody at home and so clearly this is something that we should take seriously.  Like many websites I’m going to run through the usual stuff you need to do when you go away for a few days or weeks.  It may seem like common sense, but it’s always useful to have a checklist.  And that’s just what I’ve done.  Print off the list below and simply tick the boxes as you work through the questions.  Incidentally, don’t forget to do the online DIY Home Security Survey on this website.

Most of the following suggestions assume that you're leaving your home unoccupied. Now might be the time to purchase a safe? (See Safes )

And just before you run through the checklist do also think about your holiday destination. Some of the hotel bedroom doors are pretty flimsy and I take with me a small device called a 'LifeLock' to lock me securely in the room at night whilst I'm asleep. This very strong device is used in conjunction with the catch plate in the door frame and is slipped on by hand in just a few seconds! If you'd like to know more visit LifeLock's Directory page on this website

Also see: Safer Travel and click on the various headings in the left-hand column of that page.

Updated July 2018       

Holiday checklist from the Crime Prevention Website

To print one off click the printer icon at the top of this page.

What you may have to cancel





Who should you tell?



Arrange for some of these things to be done











What should I lock up or lock away?











What should I put in the safe?




What else should or could I do?








And finally