Here’s How to Safe Proof Your Home This December

It’s that glorious time of the year again, vacay time! But before you pack the kids, the sunhats, the board games, the dogs and hook up your caravan for the long haul down to the seaside, make sure to safe proof your home.

 

“According to South Africa’s annual crime statistics* for the period of 2013/2014, our country experienced two of the worst years from a crime reduction point of view in the last decade, with property crime as rife as ever,” says Derek Wilson, Head of Hippo.co.za, South Africa’s leading online insurance and financial services comparison website. “Statistics show 260 460 cases of residential burglary were reported. This means that each day, on average, 714 households were burgled in 2013/2014.”

 

So before you leave your home for the holidays, here are some preventative measures** you could consider taking to avoid becoming a crime stat:

 

  1. Postpone the post: A huge pile of post on the front doorstep is an instant tipoff that nobody’s home. If you’ll be gone for more than a few days, go to the post office and place your mail on hold. While you’re at it, put a hold on your newspaper subscriptions too.
  2. Lock valuables away: This includes jewellery, the deed to your home, wills, and any other valuables or sensitive documents. Store these items in a fireproof safe until you return from your holiday.
  3. Notify your security provider: And tell them when you’ll be leaving and returning. Before you go, make sure all door and window alarms are activated and working.
  4. Be aware of social media posts: Although it might be very tempting to announce your holiday plans on Facebook, don’t. Privacy settings are not foolproof and with ever-changing security updates, it’s hard to track what’s public and what’s private.
  5. Garden service: Long, unkempt grass and unruly weeds are a dead giveaway that nobody’s home and haven’t been for a while. Organise appropriately.
  6. Check your insurance: Visit an online comparison website such as Hippo.co.za to compare quotes and benefits from a range of South African insurance brands across products such as Household Insurance, Buildings Insurance, Car Insurance, Travel Insurance and more to ensure you are adequately covered for the holiday period. You could save yourself hundreds of Rands*** per month on car insurance alone by comparing before you buy with Hippo.co.za.”

Established in 2007, Hippo.co.za is South Africa’s leading comparison website that helps consumers save money by comparing a range of South African providers across financial products such as Car Insurance, Home Insurance, Life Insurance, Medical and more. Hippo.co.za is free to use and saves consumers the time and hassle of shopping around for the best deal since the Hippo.co.za website instantly retrieves real-time quotes from the different providers using the latest Internet technology. One in two people could save hundreds of Rands per month* on their Car Insurance alone by using Hippo.co.za to compare before they buy or switch to a new provider.

 

Hippo.co.za makes money by simply charging its partners a fee when a customer chooses to find out more about their products. The results consumers see, and the order in which they are presented, are in no way influenced by the fee Hippo.co.za charges its partners or any other factors other than the price of the product being compared. 

 

For more information, visit us on www.hippo.co.za, connect with Hippo.co.za on LinkedIn, http://www.linkedin.com/company/hippo-comparative-services-pty-ltd/, like us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/HippoSA, and follow us on Twitter @Hippo_co_za and YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/user/hippocompare.

Hippo Comparative Services (Pty) Ltd is an authorised financial services provider (FSP number: 16357).

 

Resources:

 

* https://africacheck.org/factsheets/factsheet-south-africas-official-crime-statistics-for-201314/

 

** http://safesoundfamily.com/blog/10-ways-to-protect-your-home-while-youre-on-vacation/

 

*** Based on 2015 independent market research conducted by Kaufman Levin Associates.


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