As we (finally!) start to see summer arrive, our thoughts turn more to holidays and for those of you fortunate to own a second/holiday home, hopefully the chance to spend more time in a holiday mood or generate income through more holiday guests.
But…… who else might be watching your holiday home?
The assumption is that second homes are only at risk of burglary or theft when they are empty, but our experience has shown that, contrary to most people’s expectations, thefts and burglaries at holiday homes are just as frequent during the summer.
It is easy to understand why an empty holiday let is vulnerable - the risk of a burglar being caught during a break-in is fairly low unless the property is checked regularly. However, a different type of risk arises during the holiday times, as owners or visitors arrive to relax and re-energise. Just think how many gadgets and devices we consider are vital to the way we live – for example, how many of you take your laptops with you on holiday? And a clever burglar knows two key facts: one – you want to be out and about to see the sights when you’re on holiday (more so as a visitor than the owner) and two – people are more relaxed mentally whilst they are on holiday (we seem often to let the logical part of our brain switch off too!).
The result? The burglar has plenty of time during the day (especially when it’s hot and sunny) to pay a visit and take the gadgets we tend to leave at the property when we go out on day-trips. If it’s really hot and sunny, visitors will often leave windows open, making the burglar’s job even easier! At the very least, people do tend to forget about being rigorous in their security when they’re on holiday, especially when it’s not their own property!
And it gets worse! Holiday homes tend to be located in a rural setting – often isolated or away from the centres of villages and towns. Plus with all the different guests you may have over a typical season, any local people who might be available to keep an eye on your property won’t know if a stranger at your holiday home should be there or not. Finally, to really rub salt into the wound, if the burglar injures themselves whilst break-in, YOU could be sued as being liable for their injuries under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1984!
So how can you solve this problem?
We have a number of services that will keep your holiday/second home safe all year round:
- Mobile Patrols – our uniformed officers in liveried patrol vehicles will carry out randomly timed drive bys and visits to check gardens and grounds, or a more detailed visit that includes checking doors and windows
- Key Holding and Alarm Response portfolio of services – from keeping a spare set of keys safe on your behalf in case your visitors get locked out to the full Emergency/ Alarm Response and Key Holding service where our officers deal with all aspects of a call-out on your behalf
- Holiday Property checks and maintenance – whenever your second/holiday home is unoccupied, we can combine security checking with property management, including meeting and greeting visitors or making a house looked lived-in when it’s empty.
- Insurance discounts – we have linked with an insurance company that will discount any insurance on evidence of us providing security services. And often the discount actually covers the cost of our services too!
Any of these services can be supplied direct to you or through your letting agent /facilities management company. Contact Us now to find out more about how we’ll watch your holiday home and keep it safe and secure!