Top 10 burglary prevention tips Australia

There are a number of simple and fairly inexpensive actions you can do to reduce the risk of being burgled.

There are a number of simple and fairly inexpensive actions you can do to reduce the risk of being burgled.

If you’ve ever arrived home to the aftermath of a break-in, you’ll understand why it’s important to do what you can to make sure it doesn’t happen in the first place. The time spent sorting out everything after a burglary and the emotions it brings up just aren’t something anyone wants to deal with. So let’s take a look at what you can do to reduce the chances of burglary. Here’s our top 10 burglary reduction tips.

Top 10 Burglary Prevention Tips

  1. Always lock your apartment, house or garage.

Opportunistic break-ins are fairly common. A burglar simply walks through an open door. Locking your doors is probably the easiest and cheapest way to improve home security.

  1. Make sure windows are secured.

Roughly half of break-ins are through windows. It might be that the burglar forces the window or smashes the glass. Window locks that are of good quality will help, but make sure you know how to get out quickly in case of a fire.

  1. When at home, lock the doors.

This links to point 1, the opportunistic burglar. It doesn’t matter whether you’re taking a quick sleep, checking out what’s on TV, or out the back pulling up weeds, remember to lock up.

  1. Put tools and ladders away.

Burglars will often use items left around a home to gain entry. It could be gardening or home DIY tools. Keep all of these items, especially ladders, under lock and key in a garage or shed.

  1. Create the lived in look.

Burglars get quite astute at telling if a home owner or renter is away, so make it more difficult to spot. Stop mail and newspaper deliveries or get a neighbour to collect it, use a timer on a lamp and leave the curtains open.

  1. Know your neighbours.

Neighbourhood Watch is a great way to create a network of people in your area. But even just getting to know your neighbours and looking out for each other is a great step to reducing burglaries. Exchange mobile numbers so they can get hold of you if needed. And during holidays, even having them park their cars in your driveway can help.

  1. Spare key under the plant pot.

Never a good idea. If the burglar finds that secret spot, it’s pretty much game over. If you’ve got a great neighbour, best to leave a key with them.

  1. Social media posts.

The photo from the beach holiday or overseas trip is a nice way to let friends and criminals know what you’re up to. Either post to social media when you get home or check those privacy settings you have.

  1. Install sensor lights

Even through about half of break-ins happen during the day, it’s worth having sensor lights. That way, when someone comes onto your property there is a deterrent.

  1. Install a home security system

Get a home security system and make sure you use it. Strange how many people have one, but just don’t use it. Having a security system will give you peace of mind as well as deter burglars. Camera security systems that are linked to your phone and alert you with high-definition video footage whenever anyone is outside or inside your home are the way to go. You can actually see what’s happening and decide instantly what action is required.

by The CleverLoop Team
July 19, 2017