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How to prevent home burglary
Burglars are rarely Hollywood-style master thieves who take time to scope out houses and devise elaborate heists; they’re usually just opportunistic. So, one of the best ways to guard against theft is to make your home less tempting to thieves, and harder for them to get into. Here are five ways to help keep you and the things you love safe!
1.Keep your house locked
This may seem like a no-brainer, but the most common way thieves enter a home is through unlocked doors and windows. Locking up whenever you leave the house is a must. Studies have shown most burglaries are completed in under fifteen minutes, so even if you’re home or just popping out for milk, lock up! Forgetting to do so may also impact whether any potential insurance claims are accepted.
2. Upgrade your home security system
Property crime in Australia has been steadily declining for over a decade. According to a survey by the Australian Institute of Criminology, 31 per cent of detained burglars said improvements in home security could be why.
Installing a home security system doesn’t have to break the bank. Motion sensor lighting is a simple way to startle thieves and alert you and your neighbours to a potential crime. Wireless security cameras allow you to monitor your home via your smartphone and come in a range of options to suit all budgets. Or, if you want to take your home security to the next level, an alarm system is a great way to deter thieves, especially if it can be seen from the street. This might be a good option if you want added peace of mind on holidays.
3. Keep valuables out of sight
Money, laptops and jewellery are the top stolen items in Australia. Remove the temptation for thieves by keeping them out of sight, closing your blinds and curtains when you leave the house or investing in a safe. If a thief does get into your home, it helps if you don’t store valuables in obvious places like jewellery boxes. Get creative and keep them in unusual spots around the house – just be sure to remember where!
4. Don’t provide cover for thieves
Contrary to popular belief, thieves most commonly act during the day; while houses are unoccupied, not under the cover of darkness. Overgrown trees around your house make it easier for stealthy thieves to enter your property undetected in broad daylight. Keeping bushes and trees trimmed so entryways aren’t concealed is a great way to make your house less tempting to burglars.
5. Create a neighbourhood watch program
Having a good relationship with your neighbours is a great – and free! – way to protect your home. You can organise to collect each other’s mail while on holidays (an overflowing letterbox makes your home an attractive target) and report back if there’s ever any strange activity. If you want to go the extra mile you could even join a neighbourhood watch program, or create your own!
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