Do you know your neighbours well enough to tell them you’re going away, or are you a person who gets someone to come and “house sit” for you while you’re gone?
It’s much simpler (and safer) to get to know your neighbour – which is something Australians have been doing a lot better this year thanks to the COVID-19 lockdowns.
More than 80% of Australians spent more time at home during 2020 than ever before, and QBE’s research reveals this may have helped us all become better neighbours.
In fact, one in three Australians claim they know their neighbours better now than in previous years, and 61% say they’d like an even better relationship with their neighbour, especially if it could improve their home security.
It’s not surprising then, that three in four Australians say they feel more comfortable going on holidays if they know their neighbours are keeping an eye on things.
Indeed, 71% of neighbours interviewed claim they’d record a vehicle number plate, 60% would call the police, 47% would give their neighbours a call, and (a very bold) 28% would even approach the suspicious party.
How to prepare ahead of your summer trip.
With state borders starting to reopen and interstate travel resuming, it’s important to take relevant safety precautions to protect your household belongings this holiday season.
“If you’re not in the habit of letting your neighbours know when you go away, now would be a great time to start,” says QBE’s chief customer officer, personal lines, Eleanor Debelle.
“Aside from increasing the security of your home, it may also strengthen the relationship you’ve built during 2020.”
Here are the top five tips to secure your home these holidays:
- Ask a neighbour to check on your property and leave several contact details with them.
- Stop your mail for the period of time if you do not feel comfortable with asking your neighbour to collect it. If you stop it make sure you put “no junk mail” on your letterbox.
- Before you leave check all doors and windows are locked.
- Make sure any valuables are out of sight.
- If your property is going to be vacant, set timer switches for lighting. This gives a suggestion that someone is home.
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