Irish Independent: Your Questions: I am going on a long holiday, so how do I secure my home?


While instances of burglary is declining – from 19,182 in 2017 to 16,969 in 2018 the figures show that burglaries still happen. Deirdre McCarthy of believes people are right to be taking the necessary precautions. Having people you trust to check the house regularly is important, but you should avoid leaving  spare keys outside if possible. Not only are thieves aware of the practice, but doing so could invalidate a claim with your insurer.