Message from the Chief Commissioner

Crime Prevention & Community Safety

General security tips

Release date: Thu 29 March 2007

Last updated: Mon 9 October 2017

Securing your home

Lock Up

  • Lock all windows and doors, even when you're at home.
  • Unlocked side and rear doors and windows are the most common entry points for burglars
  • Install deadlocks on all external doors and windows - remember to disengage deadlocks when you are inside to allow easy escape in the event of a fire
  • Install a security screen door
  • Lock your mailbox to prevent the theft of mail and personal documents
  • Keep garden tools and ladders locked away. Your tools may be used by thieves during a burglary to gain entry to your home
  • Keep garages and sheds locked

Other Actions

  • Get to know your neighbours. They may recognise unusual activity when you're out
  • Bring in your bins and collect mail regularly so your home looks lived in. Ask a neighbour to bring your bin in if you are away for a while
  • Make sure your house is visible from the street so passersby and neighbours can detect suspicious activity
  • Cut overhanging branches and trim shrubs back from your house to make it harder for burglars to hide
  • Place packaging from newly purchased expensive items in the recycling bin - leaving boxes on the nature strip lets burglars know what you have inside
  • Consider having a dog
  • Install sensor lighting
  • Install a monitored alarm system
  • Check the details of any salesperson or workman that comes to your door. Report any suspicious activity to your local police
  • Consider installing a safe to store valuables
  • Backup computer hard drives
  • Join your local Neighbourhood Watch and be an active part of crime prevention in your community

Key Crime Prevention Tips

  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Appearance: Make it look like someone is home when you're out
  • Detect: Make it harder for burglars to get in without being seen
  • Secure valuables in a safe or hidden place

Key Security

  • Only leave spare keys with a trusted neighbour.
  • Never hide them on your property.
  • Keep all spare keys or car keys in a secure place - car keys may be stolen in a burglary and used for car theft.

Mark Valuable Property

  • Use an engraver or ultra-violet marker to identify your property. Marked property is harder to sell and easier to return if located.
  • Mark with 'V' followed by your drivers licence number. i.e. V123456.
  • Photograph valuables and record details on a property inventory form.

For more information about home security read the Residential Crime Prevention Information Kit (PDF) and the applicable Preventing Burglaries from Homes Fact Sheet (PDF).

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