Everyone needs a holiday some time but we all want to come home and find everything as we left it.
Almost half the burglaries happen when a flat or house is empty.
By following the tips set out here, you can help to make your home secure while you are away. Read the tips and plan ahead and tick off the items before you go.
Before you go-Make your home looks like someone is living in it.
Cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries.
And just before you set off it's worth spending a couple of minutes checking that you've done everything you need to.
Help from neighbours
It's a good idea to get help from your neighbours. You could ask them to collect post, sweep up leaves, mow the lawn, open and close curtains, and so on.
They could even occasionally park their cars on your driveway.
Anything to make the place look lived in.
You can repay the favour by doing the same for them.
Warn your neighbours not to put your surname, address or even your house number on your keys in case they fall into the wrong hands.
Let your neighbours know when you will be away and.
If you can, give them details so they can contact you, or someone