Lockeys Security Tips

 Household Burglary

Household burglary is one of the most widespread crimes in Australia – with around 335,700 break-ins alone recorded every year.

Money is the most commonly stolen item (19 per cent) followed by jewellery (18 per cent), with other items such as firearms also taken from homes. Australians are wary of this crime with around 36 per cent believing their house is likely to be burgled in the forthcoming year.

Installing an alarm

Monitored security alarms have proven to be the most effective way to combat thieves. The most effective alarms are easily seen from the street and make a loud noise.

Get into the habit of locking up - every time

It may take a conscious effort to begin, but it will soon become second nature to lock windows and doors every time you leave and while you're at home.

  • Fit keyed locks to all your windows, however small or high
  • Fit double-keyed deadlocks on external doors. Deadlocks mean thieves can only leave by the way they got in, making it harder for them to steal big items like TVs. Install patio bolts on sliding doors, a common weak spot
  • Get a good quality, lockable screen door to put a barrier between you and anyone who comes to the front door.

Don't leave spare keys outside

Burglars know all the hiding spots: under the front door mat, on a window ledge, beneath a plant pot or in the letterbox or meter box. Leave keys with a neighbour or friend instead. Keep your car keys in a secure and hidden place as burglars will steal a vehicle if the opportunity presents itself.

Lock your side gates

Side gates allow thieves easy access to the back of your house, away and out of sight from the street.

Not only are they full of valuable and easy-to-steal tools, but they usually contain implements that thieves can use to break into your home. Always lock doors between your house and garage and don't leave bikes or lawnmowers on the front lawn, even while you're at home

Install movement-activated sensor lights

Keep your house well lit. Trim trees and shrubs, especially those close to windows and doors that provide cover for intruders as they try to break in

Don't advertise that you're out or away

Whether you're away for a day or two or a few weeks, try and keep your home looking as lived-in as possible. For social media enthusiasts, try and refrain from announcing to the world that no one will be home for a substantial amount of time.

Don't advertise your possessions

Don't leave the box of your new TV or computer outside the house. Cut boxes into pieces to recycle.

List all your valuable items

If you're unfortunate enough to be burgled, a list of all your valuables can help you identify what has been stolen. It's a good idea to photograph antiques and jewellery and always keep receipts for your possessions with your list to help with insurance claims.

Make sure your home contents insurance is up to date

Check that your home contents insurance policy is current and that you're insured for the right amount to cover the replacement cost of your contents at today's prices.

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