Every year, more than 200,000 Australian homes are broken into. Luckily, there are plenty of cost-effective ways to reduce your chances of a break-in.
Opportunistic thieves take advantage of unlocked homes so always ensure you lock your doors even if you’re just going out for a short period of time. Locksmiths can provide advice on the most appropriate security for your home, but key-operated deadlocks and security screens are ideal for external doors.
Open windows may be the only reason that your home is chosen by a burglar. Ground floor windows are more susceptible for obvious reasons. Ensure you have a security grill or screen applied to all accessible windows, or alternatively have key-operated window locks fitted.
Exterior lighting, particularly at entrances and in dark corners, will shine a light on anyone approaching your home at night. If you aren’t home when it gets dark or go away for a few days, install timers to switch them on automatically.
4. Alarm systems
Alarms are a good deterrent. There are a wide variety available but ensure that the one you choose has visible signage and is properly programmed, installed and maintained.
5. Home safes
Burglars know all the hidden spots to look for valuables and important documents. The price of a good home safe is relatively low, so setting one up could be a good investment. They should be anchored into the floor or permanent shelving. Most importantly, always keep the code a secret!
6. Keep valuables out of sight
Car keys, jewellery, cash and tools should be stored out of sight. The same goes for prestige cars which should be put away in garages to reduce your chances of being targeted.
7. Get to know your neighbours
Crime tends to be lower in tight-knit communities as neighbours are more likely to look out for each other and can easily spot a stranger. If you’re going on holidays, have a neighbour collect your mail, park their car in your driveway and bring your bins in and out to give the impression that someone is home.