Crime Prevention & Community Safety
General security tips
Release date: Thu 29 March 2007
Last updated: Mon 9 October 2017
Securing your home
- 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
- 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
- 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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