Wedding Security: Don’t get caught out
It’s not something many brides and grooms will want to think about but in recent times crime has increased and break-ins are becoming more common, even on your wedding day.
Here are our top security tips to make sure a robbery doesn’t ruin your big day:
1. At Home
In Ireland, word of mouth is in its own league. When someone local is getting married half the town knows about it. This can leave family homes particularly vulnerable to break-ins. Many couples now ask a friend of the family who would not have been invited to the wedding to stay at the house on the day to make it look ‘lived in.’ This is especially important if your reception is taking place far from your home.
2. At the Church
When you think about it, a church car-park packed with suitcase- and belonging-filled vehicles must make a thief go: ‘Ker-ching’, especially if the church is in a secluded area without much passing traffic. Ideally, property should not be left unattended in cars or other vehicles. But obviously this is not always practical when attending a wedding away from home so bear in mind the following –
- Lock all the windows and doors and make sure the alarm/immobiliser is set.
- Never property on view inside your vehicle, even if you’ve just discovered your phone doesn’t fit into the clutch bag you’ve bought especially for the occasion.
- Don’t leave cash, credit cards, cheque books or other valuable items in the vehicle.
- Do not leave personal documents (driving licence, insurance certificate, utility bills, bank statements etc.) in the car as this can help identity theft or lead criminals to your home address.
- Be particularly careful with laptops, mobile phones as the data they contain may be attractive to the thief. If possible take your Sat Nav with you and wipe away the suction pad marks left on the dashboard or windscreen. Cars often get broken into when these are visible as they indicate that there may be a Sat Nav inside the car.
- Do not place property under the seat – it is not a secure place and can often be seen.
- If you must store property in your vehicle, place it in the boot but do so somewhere other than the area where you intend to park.
- If you are in the bridal party, consider asking one of your guests to make themselves visible in the car park for the duration of the ceremony.
3. At the reception
The above advice also applies for parking at the reception venue/hotel. Also be careful with your keys. At the average wedding there are going to be at about 50% of attendees you will not know (unless you are the bride or groom). The chances are they are from the other side of the family, but they could also be thieves taking advantage of those odds. It’s hard to steal a car without its keys so keep an eye on them at all times.
Be wary of where you put any cards and gifts you receive – inquire beforehand at your venue if a safe will be available on the day. It is not advisable to leave gifts or cards loose in the bridal suite or any of the rooms of the parents or bridal party as these rooms are more likely to be targeted by criminals. If there is a safe in the room however, use it.
- More advice and information on crime prevention is available at www.garda.ie.