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Going on holiday can be a stressful event even before you’ve taken off, from making sure the suitcase is packed (and closed properly!) to ensuring everything is turned off. Then finally your ready to go?!

One thing many families forget to do is to make sure their homes are safe from burglary or theft. So it’s perhaps no wonder that research from Lloyds Bank showed a 31% increase last summer in claims for unforced burglary.

Here’s our top tips to ensure you come home without any unexpected nasty surprises:

Lock All The Doors And Windows

Even the smallest of window openings can be enough for a determined burglar to enter your home; so it’s worth spending that extra few minutes making sure all access points, front and back are locked and secure before you go away.

Spare Keys

Leaving a key under the flower pots still, or below the bins may be easy for a neighbour to find, but the same is true for a burglar. Make sure any spare keys are physically handed to your person of trust, in case of emergency whilst you’re away. If they’re a neighbour or close by, it’s worth asking them to remove any post from your letterbox if it begins to build up. And don’t forget to cancel the newspaper delivery whilst you’re away.

Appear At Home

Burglars prefer to strike an empty home as less likely to be caught. So it’s worth an investment in motion detection lights before you go to protect your home; keeping the curtains open (and closed at night, which you can do from your own phone with latest smart home technology), and keeping the house front tidy. Little things that can all make a difference.

Alarm It

It’s been proven that a home with a security system is more likely to deter burglars and with so many options available in today’s market – it really is a no-brainer. From the DIY options to professional installed with Police Monitoring and even smart options that you can set (and unset) your alarm from your phone.

Outdoor Security

Remember, it’s not just your home that’s a target to the opportunist or professional burglar. Tools and expensive equipment kept in sheds and garages will also be on the hit list, and if nothing else, a ladder found can aid a burglar to enter your home. So make sure they are as secured as your home before you go away.  And don't forget to make time to tidy up the garden, so burglars have no place to hide!

Keep Away From Social

We all love to tag the excitement of going on holiday and making family and friends stuck at home jealous of our beach experience (and tans!) But just make sure privacy settings are high as more and more thieves are using social media to check if a home is empty.

Don’t Over Tag

We’re all used to putting our name and address on our suitcases in case the worst happens and they get lost in transit. But just imagine if your suitcase fell into the wrong hands. Keep the information as basic as possible. By following this easy advice, your family home can stay safe when left empty this summer, and you can have peace of mind to enjoy your well-deserved summer holiday.



Back to basic security and alarms are the premise to all good security.  Amthal will ensure a monitored alarm, or wireless security system can be tailored to your property to keep your assets and possessions safe and protected from any opportunist or professional criminal activity.



If you are responsible for business premises, an employer or self-employed with business premises, responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes, a charity or voluntary organisation or a contractor with a degree of control over any premises, you have a responsibility in relation to fire prevention!



As the world becomes more digital and buildings more intelligent, homeowners and businesses are looking at more efficient ways to secure buildings.  Access control enables you total control on who has access to your building. Locks and keys also allow you to secure your building, but when keys are lost or stolen, the inconvenience and expense of changing locks and re-issuing keys can be considerable.



CCTV Installation can let you know who is at your door, help prevent incidents and criminal activity and help protect people and property.  Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) works around the clock to help detect and deter crime, providing organisations with vital information.  Many existing users of CCTV installation are failing to realise the full potential of their system and the benefits it can provide.



Amthal's team of surveyors and system designers include individuals with industry experience of over two decades, combined with technology specialists who's purpose it is to keep up with the ever changing industry technology, products and integration.



We are regularly audited by the SSAIB & BAFE to ensure all systems we install meet current BS & EU industry standard requirements, Our experienced and skilled staff will deliver the design, installation and commissioning of the entire system.



Preventative service visits form part of our industries codes of practice and are essential to ensure your electronic fire & security systems work effectively when most required.  Amthal's service & maintenance contract customers receive priority response for all site and telephone support 24 hours a day 365 days a year.



Amthal partners with EMCS, the UK's leading independent alarm receiving centre.  EMCS is approved by the security industry governing bodies NACOSS and BSIA to BS5979 and ISO9000. Their monitoring environment is resistant to any possible attack or power failures.  All incoming telephone calls are responded to within 10 seconds!