A free guide to keeping your empty house safe.

Holidays, where homes are left empty, are like honey to the proverbial criminal bees. The Dialdirect Namola app encourages South Africans to be proactive in their fight against crime. Particularly if, with the upcoming public holidays, travelling away from home is on the cards. Make sure that your home is safe and that you take note of the following tips courtesy of Property 24 and the South African Police Service to keep your home safe while you are away:

Tell your insurance company.
Most insurance companies need to be notified if you leave your home unoccupied for 45 days. According to Maanda Tshifularo, Head of Dialdirect Insurance: “Even with all the insurance in the world, it’s a painful experience to come back from a relaxing holiday and find that your home has been emptied of your valuables. You owe it to yourself to ensure that the chances of that happening are minimal.”


Test your alarm. Just as Dialdirect Namola encourage you to test the app, make sure that your home alarm system is working properly before you go on holiday.


Ask a neighbour to keep an eye on the premises. A safer community starts with knowing your neighbours. Make sure that you are friendly with your neighbours so that they will be more amenable to watching out for your empty house while you are away. Suggest that they download the Dialdirect Namola app for their safety. It’s a great conversation opener.


Check access points. Close and lock all windows and doors and ensure all windows have burglar bars. Fit suitable locks and bolts to all sliding doors as a means to prevent burglars from lifting the glass off its tracks — the most common method for break-ins.


Leave no trace. If you are away for a long period of time, ask someone to clear your post box every few days. Cancel newspaper deliveries for the period you are away.


Never bury your treasure. Do not leave keys on the inside of doors or hidden under doormats, in flower pots, etc.


Pack away tools. Never leave tools in your garden or an unlocked garden shed that would help intruders break in.


Wherever you are this holiday season, remember that you can always #GetHelpFast with the Dialdirect Namola App. Download it now for free

Dialdirect is an authorised FSP


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