Making sure your house is safe and secure can deter a home break in.
With a bit of knowledge you can protect your home and possessions from unwanted criminals, and ensure that you do not have to go through to heartbreaking experience of having your personal belongings stolen.
By completing this ‘Home Security Assessment’, you are helping to reduce the opportunity of a break in. Please answer each question, if you answer ‘no’ to any question we encourage you to seek advice to improve the safety and security of your home.
A house left empty for a long period is a prime target for intruders. When going on holidays, take the following steps to give your house that “lived in” look and reduce the chances of a break-in:
Cancel milk and papers.
Have mail held or redirected.
Have a friend remove junk mail, mow the lawn put out and remove your rubbish bins.
Turn down the telephone and doorbell volume.
Make sure all doors and windows are securely locked with keyed locks
Leave emergency contact numbers with a trusted neighbour.
Leave your blinds partially open. People will not be able to see straight in and it will creat doubt as to whether someone is at home.
Hang some old clothes on the clothes line.
Lock away all garden tools, ladders, kids toys etc, so that they cannot be used to break into your home.
Use timer switches to turn on lights and radios. Tune in talkback show, it gives the impression of someone at home.
Most importantly ask a trusted neighbour/friend to keep an eye on your home. Set your alarm and tell them what to do if the alarm is activated.