Security checklist to keep burglars out these holidays
In Australia, the earlier months of the year receive the highest number of reported burglaries. This could be because so many of us spend this time away from home, relaxing on the beach or enjoying an overseas trip and burglars have caught on.
A home security checklist ensures your house will stay safe, secure and above all relaxed while you’re soaking up the rays in a faraway place.
What are intruders looking for?
Here’s what the professional criminals are looking for in their next target.
✔ Inactivated burglar alarms
✔ Back doors and windows which can easily be smashed or broken down
✔ Mail and newspapers piling up
✔ Vehicles in the driveway
✔ No lights on at night
✔ Trees and bushes covering windows
✔ Low visibility from the street
✔ Your relationship with the neighbours
Who should you be telling you’re going away?
Who wouldn’t be excited about a holiday? Sometimes it can be tempting to tell every man and his dog about your island getaway but beware!
Who you should tell:
✔ Your neighbours
✔ Your regular deliveries and subscriptions
Who you should not be telling about your holiday plans:
✖ Social Media
✖ Services providers with access to your home
What can I do to keep my home secure?
Keeping your home secure from the outside ensures that you deter burglars from the outset. There are a variety of methods to ensure your home is safe and secure.
✔ Lock all outside doors and windows
✔ Lock your external garage or shed with a lock
✔ Lock away your tools and ladders and secure your outdoor bin
✔ Do not leave keys hidden outside the house
✔ Advertise your security system (even if you do not have one)
✔ Place motion sensor lights around your front and back yards
✔ Promote the pet
✔ Install reliable security screen doors and windows. If you would like to learn more about the options and benefits of quality security screen doors, check out Amplimesh® security doors and screens.
✔ Install automatic timers on lights and TVs and divert your home phone to your mobile
✔ Keep expensive items, such as large TVs and jewellery, out of sight