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Going away? Read our ten easy tips to keep burglars at bay

Looking forward to getting away over the Easter holidays?

Before you go, take a few simple precautions to help protect your home and precious possessions.

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Before you go:

Noun _448_cc .fw Be careful about what information you give out on social media. Only tell people who need to know you’re going away

Noun _448_cc .fw If you're away for a while, empty recycling bins, cut the lawns and cancel deliveries of milk, newspapers or anything else that may build up, discreetly

Noun _448_cc .fw Make your house look occupied - get automatic time switches to switch lights and a radio on and off

Noun _448_cc .fw Mark any valuable items with your postcode or take photographs of these items

Noun _448_cc .fw Register your belongings on the national property database - visit the Immobilise website

Just before you go:

Noun _448_cc .fw Don’t leave valuable items like TVs or DVD players visible through windows

Noun _448_cc .fw Lock the garage and shed with proper security locks. Make sure your tools and any ladders are locked away so they can’t be used to break into your house. More tips for securing outbuildings

Noun _448_cc .fw Lock all outside doors and windows

Noun _448_cc .fw If you have a burglar alarm, make sure it’s set and that you’ve told the police who the key-holder is

Whilst you are away:

Noun _996 Don’t have your home address showing on your luggage for the outward journey. Put this on the inside of your cases.

Important: If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood, or believe a burglary is in progress, call 999.

If you discover a burglary has already occurred, you can report it to us online or by calling 101.