We are not speaking about whether or not your Poodles will be taken care of, or the fears that your pristine green grass might end up a bunker by the time you get back to your abode. There are some things that are more important, by a long shot.
The term your house is your castle is rubbish, unfortunately. A house is like a one-stop shop for any Tool with a crowbar, and these guys don’t scare easily, especially not for Poodles. Makes you regret the day you agreed not to buy the Rottweiler, should have listened to your gut instead of your wife, but that might have been a very bad idea, hence the Poodles. In any way…
Check that all your fittings, doors and locks actually lock and that it is secured. Forcible entry isn’t just a good thing when it comes to your claim at a later stage, it also means that the Tools wasted valuable time trying to gain access to your personal goodies, possibly giving your rapid response unit enough time to “peeee paaaaw” all the way to your house in time to catch these blokes.
All of this is inconsequential if your alarm is redundant, so please jump around in front of your motion sensors to see if they work, the red light normally means “shap”. Phone your alarm company and do a tester, just to make sure that the siren works as well as sending the signal to indicate a breach.
Arranging for someone to either stay or occasionally pop in to make sure that everything is ok might also not be a bad idea. Make sure they have a spare key and know the deactivation code to the alarm system. This is vitally important if you don’t want your brother-in-law to be tackled by an elite security swat team and spend a night in city central.
So now that you have made sure that your alarm works and that during the time that you will be away, someone will be around to check up, you can drive off into the sunset with your family, carrying the surety in your heart that everything your own will still be there when you get back. And touch wood it isn’t the case, you can claim with a clear conscience, knowing full well that you took all the necessary precautions that were required by your Insurer.