These are some of the bizarre security hacks being adopted by Brits

Leaving dirty dishes in the kitchen and posting social media updates hinting the house is occupied are amongst the most common home security hacks adopted by Brits.

Researchers also found other savvy holidaymakers allow neighbours to park on their driveway, and put the recycling out for them on bin day.

Other tactics include putting paperwork which has personal information on out of sight, and hiding smaller, easy-to-steal items such as jewellery.

It also emerged the more creative among us even go as far as to set timers which play dog-barking sounds at specific times in the empty house.

The revelations emerged following a detailed study of 2,000 homeowners by Yale.

A spokesperson for Yale, which commissioned the study via said: “When you’re away from your home enjoying your holiday, there’s nothing worse than worrying about whether it’s secure.

“Burglars tend to target homes that look vacant and appear to have a lack of home security in place, so a simple and easy way to protect your home is to use visual deterrents.

“These include installing a high-quality alarm or CCTV system, and making sure your locks are Kitemarked to a suitable standard to protect your home.

“Another big concern for holiday makers is the niggling feeling of whether you’ve locked your front door whilst you’re away.

“The introduction of smart door locks means that you can check this remotely using an app.

“There’s also the opportunity to send friends, family or neighbours a temporary pin code or mobile key, granting them short-term access to your property while you’re away so they can check everything is just as you left it.”



1. Leave lights on a timer
2. Make sure keys are away from the front door and aren’t labelled
3. Ask the neighbours to put the bins out
4. Adding window locks to your windows
5. Getting someone to pop in the take the post away from the letterbox / door mat
6. Getting a friend/family member to pop round and open and close the blinds at various intervals
7. Leave a hall light on
8. Hide smaller, easy to carry, items such as jewellery and vinyl
9. Cut the grass before you leave so that it doesn’t look like a meadow by the time you get back
10. Hide any paperwork with name and address on
11. Close all the curtains downstairs so no-one can see in
12. Leaving all curtains open so it looks like someone is home
13. Have someone feed your cat / dog so they are a presence in the house
14. Getting a neighbour to park on the drive
15. Cancel all newspapers
16. Leave some dirty dishes on the side so it looks like the kitchen is being used
17. Even if you’re not travelling abroad, you take passports and driving license away with you
18. Inform the local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme that you’re going on holiday
19. Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges
20. Leave some music on in the background
21. Hide valuable items and swapping them for rubbish versions e.g. hiding the good TV and leaving something old in its place
22. Use the Royal Mail’s Keepsafe service (holds letters and parcels for up to 66 days while you are away and delivers them once you return)
23. Hide the family calendar so people from outside can’t see when you’re away
24. Getting a neighbour to switch the TV off and on
25. Give valuables to a neighbour rather than hiding in the back of the wardrobe
26. Post things on social media that would suggest you are at home
27. Leave a load of washing out on the line in the back garden
28. Get a dog barking sound to play on repeat by the door
29. Have automated curtains fitted that go up and down at night and the mornings
30. Ask the milkman to have pretend conversations with you


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