May 29, 2006 at 5:42 pm #51859
Just a thought, has anyone had experience in leaving their properties for long periods of time? and what security did you have or use?Is it safe to leave the property empty?
May 29, 2006 at 5:56 pm #62474
in this day and age, sadly i wouldnt have thought it was safe to leave your property empty anywhere in the world, never mind here! 😡
May 29, 2006 at 8:25 pm #62475
In spain compared to here in Ireland security is a big issue. My recommendations for security are grills on every window – have the screws on the inside of the grill to make it harder to get at them. Locks on inside of windows, patio doors so that they cannot be lifted out – with the shutters/concertina gill for the patio doors – we bought metal square shaped lock – cost about E70 but impossible to cut through – Also I have people doing secuirty checks regularly. I leave out certain things to make it look like there is someone there. Beyond that have good insurance – they way I look at it if they do break in everything is replaceable – from what I’ve heard they are more likely to break in while you are there on holiday for example when you’ve gone out for the evening – the burglars just want passports, cash jewellery – so be just as vigilant while you are actually at your property even if you have just popped to the shops or whatever. Hope it is of some value.
May 30, 2006 at 10:50 am #62483
In the end, all properties are vulnerable.
The best advise I ever received was from a London policemen who told me that the most economical approach is to make sure that your property looks slightly more secure than its immediate neighbours.
May 30, 2006 at 2:17 pm #62495
From my experience on the CDS your property is more likely to be broken into whilst you are there. Empty properties dont seem to offer many attractions to the average thief who presumably is looking for cash credit cards, mobile phones and passports.
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