» Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries for the period you are away
» Use a timer to set lights to mimic your usual activity when you are not at home
» Consider installing a burglar alarm, and only use a company that is registered or certified with the NSI or the SSIAB
» Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your house and they could even park their car on your driveway
» Make sure all doors and windows are shut and locked - this includes sheds, garages and other outbuildings. Keep ladders and tools locked away - don't make it easy for thieves to enter your property
» Mark valuable items with your postcode or take photos. You can also register your property on the national property database
» Avoid discussing holiday plans on social media. Burglars can use this information to their advantage.