We each have a role to play when it comes to making our homes, workplaces and neighbourhoods safer. Things you do when at home or away can make a big difference to your safety and reduce the risk of having your home burgled or property stolen.
Below you can register absence from your residence with your local police. Here you can also register for the Partysafe program.
You will also find information and tips about how you can make your home safer, preventing motor vehicle theft, and the Victoria Police Partysafe Program.
The Residential Crime Prevention Information Kit is a useful resource to provide residents with information on home safety and other concerns around the home and neighbourhood.
The Security Assessment Guide for Residents is designed to help residents to assess the security of their home. It covers potential areas of vulnerability, and provides suggestions to make homes less susceptible to crime.
The Residential Apartment Security Assessments are designed to assist owners or residents to assess the security of their apartment. It covers potential areas of vulnerability, and provides suggestions to make apartments less susceptible to crime.
Residential Apartment Security Assessment for Owners/Corporation/Committee Residential Apartment Security Assessment for the Resident(s)
The information and advice offered in the Residential Crime Prevention Information Kit and the Security Assessment Guide for Residents is not intended to replace privately contracted security advice.
Register absence from residence
You can be absent from your residence for a number of reasons. It is important to be proactive about keeping your residence and community safe, especially if you are going away for an extended period of time.
Police stations have an absence from residence register, where you can provide your contact information and the times and dates that you will be away.
This information is useful to police and could be used to contact you and /or your emergency contact in case of an incident at your residence or to perform checks in the area during usual patrols. Due to the dynamic nature of calls for police services, Victoria Police cannot guarantee that police will attend your residence during your absence. If using this service, be sure to notify police when you return, especially if returning earlier than planned
Ways to register
You can register with Service Victoria, which the Victorian Government has created to make it simpler and easier for you to get things done.
At your local police station
- download and complete the
- take the form to your local police station so your absence can be noted in the station's register
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
- 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, eg. V123456
- photograph valuables and record details on a property inventory form
For more information about home security see the resources and fact sheets page.
Prevention of motor vehicle theft
Car thieves may be either opportunistic or professional.
In either case stolen vehicles may be used to commit further offences and be damaged, destroyed or never recovered.
Most car thefts occur in or around private residences, so it is important to take steps to protect your car even when it is parked in a garage, driveway or on a residential street.
There are two types of car thieves: the opportunist and the professional. What they have in common though is that they can steal a car in less than a minute.
- lock your car – always physically check it is locked, even when parking at home or just leaving your car for a moment
- close all windows - including sunroof
- keep your car locked while driving
Secure your car
- park your car in a locked garage if possible
- park off the street in your driveway if you don't have a garage
- park in a well lit area to increase the risk that others will detect thieves
- install an engine immobiliser and car alarm if they are not already fitted
- consider using a steering wheel lock - particularly for older vehicles
- consider installing a bonnet lock
- install a GPS tracking device for rare and expensive cars
Key crime-prevention tips
- lock all doors and close all windows
- park in a well-lit and secure area
- secure your keys and never leave them in your car
- install anti-theft devices and ensure they are working
In many cases of car theft, keys have been left in the ignition.
- never leave your keys in your car
- do not put your name and address on any keys – use a mobile phone number
- keep spare car keys in a secure place at home or at work
If your car has been stolen
- report the theft to police or call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency
- notify your insurance company immediately
For more information read see the resources and fact sheets page.
Reviewed 22 November 2019