Easter is a great time for a break. It can also be a great time for burglars.
With the Easter break just around the corner, the Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL) is urging home owners to start thinking now about their security needs.
Many home break and enters are opportunistic making the Easter period a threat to householders who leave their homes unattended.
ASIAL CEO Bryan de Caires said, “The positive news is that break and enter rates have been trending downward over the past decade as people implement a range of security measures. However, it is important not to become complacent and leave your home vulnerable to would be thieves.”
Here are some practical tips to improve your home security and avoid being targeted by burglars:
-Be careful on social media – change 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 holidays when you return home; if you post, be mindful of the images you share; disable location services.
-If you are going away – ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your home and report suspicious behaviour to the police; contact your alarm monitoring centre.
Don’t look like you’re away – put your mail on hold or have it collected; ask a neighbour to park in your driveway.
-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 one, think about getting one.
-Review your security defences – get a licenced security professional to review your security measures and provide you with some options. To find a provider near you go to www.asial.com.au/searchdirectory
-Don’t leave spare keys outside – leave keys with a trusted person or invest in a keyless entry locking system.
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