Follow Our Home Security Checklist:
You can help prevent many burglaries
About 80 per cent of all burglaries are crimes of
opportunity - the burglar takes advantage of an open
window, unlocked doors or poor quality locks. Keys left
under the mat or in an obvious place provide easy entry.
Burglars look for easy opportunities - spending a long
time or making a lot of noise to break-in increases the
risk of being seen.
Locked Windows Provide a Good Deterrent
Breaking glass attracts attention. A window fitted with
a deadlock (a lock that can only be opened with a key)
will prevent an entry after breaking the window as the
burglar will be forced to climb through broken glass and
Doors Should Be Fitted With Deadlocks
If this is done, a burglar is unable to open the door
for an easy escape route, and remove stolen items.
Precautions like these do work. Check the security of
your home against the checklist and eliminate the
opportunities for burglars.
Other Useful Security Tips
- Never open the door automatically after a knock - insist
that all callers identify themselves.
- Often a caller can be seen and identified through a
window near the door. A wide-angle peephole installed in
your door enables you to identify callers before you
open the door. A safety chain can offer some protection
if a peephole can't be fitted because of the
construction of the door.
- If a stranger asks to use your telephone, direct the
person to a public telephone. The alternative is that
you make the call for them, but please don't let them
inside the house.
- Be alert to people who say they want to come into your
home to check appliances or equipment. Ask for, and
verify their credentials. Ring the firm they belong to
first, that will help you decide. If in doubt, don't let
them in and never admit that you're alone in the house.
- Don't reveal your name and address to a 'wrong number'
- Don't put your full name on the letterbox - initials and
surname are best.
- Likewise in the telephone book, initials and surname
preserve your sexual identity.
- Keep garage doors closed at all times - an open, empty
garage is an obvious sign that nobody's at home.
- If you have an alarm system installed, display the
security company's sign in a prominent position on your
house as a warning.
- Keep trees and big shrubs trimmed to minimise the number
of likely hiding places in your garden - trees should
not obscure windows and doors and shrubs should be
trimmed below window level.
- Avoid keeping large amounts of money or valuables, such
as jewellery, in your home. Valuable documents such as
share certificates and property title deeds should be
safely stored at your bank or in a safe.
- If you do keep valuable jewellery, silverware, antiques,
paintings, stamp collections, etc. at home, photograph
them and list each item with a valuation and date of
purchase. These measures will help Police trace the
items if they are stolen and assist FinTel with your
claim. Turn the telephone volume down so that it can't
be heard from the street. That way a thief can't hear if
it is unanswered.
- Never advertise your absence. Keep blinds and curtains
open. Make the house look lived in- arrange for a friend
or neighbour to come in and change the curtains around
occasionally, and hang their washing on the clothesline.
A pair of size 10 gumboots left at the front door is a
simple and effective message to casual callers.
- Don't leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place
such as under the door mat - a thief will look there
- Ask a neighbour to put one of their rubbish bags in
front of your house to ensure a 'normal' routine is
- Don't leave house keys with your car keys when having
your vehicle serviced and don't put your address on your
- Never leave notes for friends, relatives or tradespeople
- a thief can read too.
- Before going away stop all paper deliveries and ask a
neighbour to collect your mail.
- Have a neighbour or friend turn on an inside light, or
have one connected to a timer.
- Arrange for a neighbour of friend to park their car in
your driveway occasionally.
- Arrange for a trusted person to mow your lawns to
maintain a 'normal' tidy appearance to the property
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