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Don’t let burglars hop off with your valuables this Easter

With the Easter break fast approaching, the Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL) is urging households not to ‘egg-spose’ their homes to burglars during the holiday period. With many of us planning to go away over the Easter holiday period, a timely reminder is being issued to secure your home and not make it obvious that you are away.  



ASIAL CEO Bryan de Caires said, “The good news is that break and enter rates are trending downward as households put in place a range of security measures. However, it is important that we don’t become complacent and leave our home vulnerable to would be thieves.”


Security for your home doesn’t need to be complicated and expensive. There are a number of simple things you can do to make your home less appealing for would be burglars, these include:


  • Be mindful what you post on social media – amend your security settings to private; don’t list your street address on your profile; don’t advertise that you’re going away; consider sharing your holiday snaps when you get home; if you post, be mindful of the images you share; and disable location services.
  • If you are going away – ask a trusted neighbour to keep an watchful eye on your home and report suspicious behaviour to the police; contact your alarm monitoring providers to advise you will be away.
  • Don’t make it look like you’re away – put your mail on hold or have it collected; ask a neighbour to park in your driveway to make it look as though someone is at home.
  • Make access as difficult as possible – remove items from outside and around the premises that may be used as makeshift ladders, such as dustbins; ensure all windows, doors and other access points are secure; keep valuables out of sight; install motion-sensor lights.
  • Maintain your alarm system – if you’ve got an alarm make sure it is maintained in good working order by a licenced security professional. If you don’t have an alarm contact a licensed security professional to provide you with the options available. 
  • Review your security measures– undertake a review of your security measures. If you’d rather get a licenced security professional to do so and provide you with some options, make sure you always check that they possess a current security licence. 
  • Don’t leave spare keys outside – don’t leave keys under the mat or a pot plant, leave them with a trusted person or invest in a keyless entry locking system.


So when you head off on your Easter holidays make sure it is with the peace of mind that your home is secure.  


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Published: 5 April 2019

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