When you go on your annual holiday this year it’s a good idea to make use of the ‘Opération Tranquillité Vacances‘ a service which is run every year by the French police during July and August and all school holidays. This is a great service and free, where you can arrange to have the local police keep a close eye on your home while you are on holiday.
All you do is notify them that you are going to be away, with the dates and contact details of someone who can respond locally in the event of an anomaly, for example if there is a break-in or anything suggesting a problem with your house, and whether that person is a key holder.
It is really very simple to organise and doesn’t cost anything. First of all download this PDF form, fill it in and take it with your ID and proof of address to the local police station – the commissariat if you live in a town, or to the local gendarmerie if you live in a rural area. You must give at least 48 hours’ notice. They will check your property daily, including weekends while you are away. It’s an excellent service and means that you can holiday in peace without the nagging thought ‘hope everything is ok at home’ and the dread of coming home to a ransacked house.
Obviously, you should still take all the normal precautions if your house is going to be uninhabited. Some advice is available online here.
Remember that if your holiday is interrupted (we sincerely hope not) and you have to come home early, do let the police know you are back!
If you want advice about security and burglar proofing your home, contact English-speaking experts in the region in the Angloinfo Business Directory