How not to get burgled while on holiday
If you're going away this summer then the big worry is what happens to your house when you're on holiday.
But who better to listen to when it comes to securing your property and looking after your valuables than burglars themselves?
That's exactly where these top tips come from - ex-cons who know a thing or two about breaking into a house and nabbing all your possessions.
You should always hide valuables in cereal boxes or pasta packets, tucked away in your food cupboard as thieves won't want to spend ages going through everything in your house.
Leaving prized possessions in living room drawers, cupboards or on show anywhere is a big no.
Your child's bedroom is a good place to hide your precious items - leave them tucked away inside a cuddly toy.
Remarkably, burglars told the Daily Mail that there was an unwritten code they adhered to, which was to never enter a child's room...I'm not sure how much I believe that!
They said: 'Children's bedrooms wouldn't be a bad place to hide belongings. Ideally something of high value would be hidden in a toy or a toy box.
'Most people have got a "bits and bobs" cupboard in their kitchen where they often keep their keys.
'Instead, I would hide my car and house keys in the food cupboards if I was going away - rice packets, cereal boxes.
'They are not going to go through all your food packets. DVD cases is another good place to hide valuables because they are harder to find.'
Make sure post isn't clogging up your letterbox or parcels mount up on your doorway as that's a dead giveaway that you're not in the property.
HERE ARE THE TOP 10 TIPS TO DETER BURGLARS:
1. Keep curtains and blinds open but move expensive items out of view
2. Set up smart home security such as doorbells with cameras so you can monitor your property even while you’re away
3. Use an alarm system - some even link directly to security firms
4. Use timer switches on indoor and outdoor lights to ensure your home looks occupied
5. Ask a friend to move your post or use the Royal Mail Keepsafe service
6. Don't advertise your departure on social media, your voicemail message or out-of-office email
7. Lock up your valuables using a secure well-hidden safe
8. Label your luggage - but do not put your landline phone number or address on it
9. Inform your neighbours you are going away so they can keep an eye on your property
10. Check your insurance policy to confirm what you’re covered for - especially if you’re away for more than 60 days