Having your home broken into can result in financial cost to repair and replace property, and can significantly impact how safe you feel at home. However, we can all play a proactive role in making our home and community safer.
Here are some tips for making your home safer:
- make sure your locks on your doors and windows work properly and meet Australian standards
- always lock doors and windows when you leave the house, or if you are away from entry points, on the phone or in the garden
- do not leave keys in an easily available location. Leave spare keys with a trusted friend or neighbour
- consider a safe if you have jewellery or other items of value to you
- if you like pets, consider getting a dog
- fit an alarm system that covers all external doors, windows and garages. It should meet Australian alarm standards for domestic purposes
- keep trees and shrubs trimmed to allow a clear view of your house from the street
- lock tools in a garden shed or garage
- consider installing sensor lighting in your yard
- if you purchase expensive items such as a new TV, cut up the box before recycling. Boxes left on the nature strip can let burglars know what is new in your house
- back-up computer hard drives and keep these copies in a different location to prevent the loss of information on your computer
- mark your property using an engraver or ultra-violet markers, with a 'V' (for Victoria) followed by your licence number. These markers are available to buy from various electrical stores. Marked property is much harder for burglars to resell
- join Neighbourhood Watch and be an active part of crime prevention in your community.
In the event of a burglary
If you require immediate police attendance, call police on Triple Zero (000)
If you are a victim of burglary call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 and make a report
If you have any information regarding a crime, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000
The safety of yourself and others is more important than trying to prevent a burglary.