Off on a winter cruise? While enjoying all the Mediterranean or Caribbean has to offer, the last thing you want to be worrying about is home security. However, it is important to be mindful that a home that looks unoccupied can be an irresistible target for thieves - particularly during the darker nights. For peace of mind while you’re away, you just need to follow a few simple holiday home security tips. Close and lock all windows, doors, sheds and gates, and avoid leaving spare keys outside the house or valuable items on display. It is also advisable to cancel milk and post deliveries and set a home alarm. Research shows that 60% of attempted robberies carried out on homes fitted with a burglar alarm are unsuccessful and that many thieves are put off from targeting a house that has a visible alarm system. Other inexpensive items such as padlocks for sheds and gates also provide visual deterrents and are ideal for that additional security and all-important peace of mind while you’re away. For further advice the Yale Crime Watcher app is ideal for holidaymakers, as it offers straightforward hints and tips for securing each part of the home.