While your choice of holiday destination is always the first priority, it’s crucial to revisit all aspects of your home security and identify any potential issues before you leave home. Whether you’re a renter, landlord, or property manager, taking a few precautionary measures can make all the difference

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Rent.com.au Founder Mark Woschnak said adopting a proactive approach to securing a property is often overlooked, especially in the lead up to a holiday.

“Taking the time to stop, consider and act on a few basic precautionary measures will not only help to protect your home and assets, but provide much-needed peace of mind over any holiday period for renters and property owners,” Woschnak said.

Rental Security Checklist

  1. Let a trusted neighbour or friend know you’ll be away. Give them your emergency contact details and leave a spare set of keys just in case. Discuss rubbish disposal and watering days.
  2. Review all security features installed in the property. Check that your doors and windows lock securely. Purchase additional locks or install measures as needed.
  3. Arrange for someone to collect the newspaper and check the house and gardens – or cancel or home deliveries for the period.
  4. Ask a trusted friend or neighbour to check in periodically, or to leave a car in the driveway so the house does not look empty.
  5. Security issues also extend beyond the property. Don’t forget side gates, alley ways, garage access or garden sheds.
  6. Are your garden tools and ladders visible in the backyard? Ensure your equipment is locked securely away from the eyes from opportunistic thieves.
  7. Check the lighting around the property. Consider installing light sensors to indicate movement.
  8. Double check smoke alarms in all rooms. Install new batteries if required.
  9. Keep communication open between your renter or landlord with a courtesy email or phone call to let them know you’ll be away for an extended period.
  10. Turn your home phone down and consider leaving the radio on throughout the day or on timed intervals.

For further security measures to protect your home or investment property, refer to state police websites. For the newest rental properties across Australia, visit rent.com.au