Tips for securing your home
To secure your home and reduce the possibility of a break and enter:
- close and secure windows
- use triple-locks on doors and don’t leave a key in screens
- never 'hide' a key outside your home
- fit a viewer on solid doors - don't let strangers enter your home
- when people approach your door, check identification
- report suspicious salespeople to the Office of Fair Trading
- trim shrubs and trees around doors and windows
- install sensor lights in external areas
- lock tools away and secure wheelie bins
- clear your garden of tools, ladders and bricks which could be used to break in
- have your valuables engraved and photographed by the police
- when you are home, secure the sections of your house that you aren't using
- keep some lights on and a radio/television playing when you are out
- keep any valuables out of sight
- never leave a note on your door that suggests you aren't home
- make sure your house number is visible from the street (for emergency services)
- get to know your neighbours - they are your best and cheapest form of security
- join Neighbourhood Watch
- balance security with your need for home fire safety and quality of life.
During the holiday season
To secure your home when you're away on holiday:
- tell a trusted friend or neighbour about your holiday plans and leave your contact details
- make it look like you're home - cancel deliveries, leave lights on timers and ask a neighbour to collect your mail and bring in rubbish bins
- never leave a message on your answering machine telling people you’re away on holiday
- take car keys with you or give them to someone you trust - don't leave them at home if your car is close by.
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Help and support
If you have concerns about the security of your home or surrounds, phone Council's Community Safety Officer on 3829 8999 or contact your local police station.