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Introduction | Precautions | Locks | Security Systems | Glossary of Alarm terms | Lighting | Hosting a Party | Going on Holiday
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Making your home more secure

  • Never leave spare keys outside your home. Burglars know all the usual hiding places, especially under pot plants or mats.

  • Burglars like to conceal their activities so keep trees and shrubs trimmed, especially trees close to your house that could be climbed to gain access.

  • Consider installing a peephole in your front door and always check the identification of strangers before you let them into your home.

  • Security lights covering front and rear access to your home may help to deter would-be burglars.

  • Secure garage doors with deadlocks, strong padbolts or padlocks.

  • Secure tilt-a-doors and roller doors with lockable padbolts or deadlocks.

  • Always lock away tools, ladders and gardening equipment. These items can be used by burglars to gain easy access to your home.

  • Keep your front door and windows locked when you are out the back of your home gardening or working. Many burglaries occur while people are out the back of their home and have left their front door open or unlocked.

  • Keep a record of the serial and model numbers of your goods. NRMA CrimeSafe provides an easy to complete card for you to record serial numbers and descriptions of your household goods.

  • Engrave electrical equipment and other valuables with your driver's licence number and the State initials. Alternatives to engraving are data base registered adhesive labels or electronic tagging.

  • Photograph your valuables, especially jewellery and works of art. Although these measures won't prevent the goods from being stolen, it will help in identifying the goods if they are recovered.

  • Moving into a new home? It's a good practice to replace the locks on all entry doors.

  • If possible, try to avoid a regular pattern of coming and going from your home. By varying your routine you will make potential burglars unsure of the time that you may come home.

  • Owning a pet dog may deter would-be burglars from targeting your home. However, be aware you may be liable if a person is injured by your dog.

  • Don't keep large amounts of money in your home and ensure that all jewellery is well hidden, or preferably kept in a safe.

  • Don't leave notes on the door stating that you are away or when you'll return.

  • Don't have personal details such as your name, address and phone number on your key ring.

  • Don't leave keys on the kitchen table or any other obvious place. Burglars walk in the back door and then have your keys to take your car or come into the house while you're away.

  • You should never try to apprehend a burglar if you confront one in your home. Always contact your local police. Program the phone number of your local police into your touch-phone.


Introduction | Precautions | Locks | Security Systems | Glossary of Alarm terms | Lighting | Hosting a Party | Going on Holiday
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