The experts added: "Ensure all doors and windows are securely locked before leaving the house. Reinforce entry points with deadbolt locks and consider installing security bars or reinforcements if needed."
They continued: "Use timers for lights both inside and outside your home. This gives the appearance that someone is home, deterring potential burglars.
"Smart plugs and bulbs can be programmed to simulate your usual daily routines."
"Store valuable items, such as jewellery and important documents, in a secure and hidden location. Consider using a safe for added protection," the experts stated.
Social media caution
They said: "Be mindful of what you share on social media. Avoid posting specific travel plans or that your home will be unoccupied, as burglars may use this information to break into your home while you are away."