Risk Management

Managing the security to your home

Managing Householder’s Burglary Risks:

It is important to be a good citizen and member of your local community. This means looking out for your neighbours. You have to be the eyes of your neighbourhood. It is important that you call the police to report a crime or any suspicious activity. You do not have to disclose who you are if this is a concern.

Lightup the outside of your residence at night time. Also lock your doors at all times. Certainly from the outside when you are at home but use good quality deadlocks (locked from both sides) when not at home. Call the Police when you see something suspicious.

If someone really wants to break into your home, they will. What you can do is make it as difficult or as inconvenient as possible. Anything that can be done to delay them as much as possible is an advantage.

For additional tips

  • Always make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
  • Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
  • Leave some lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked.
  • Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbour to take them regularly.
  • Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
  • Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
  • Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
  • Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.
  • Other windows may need good quality key locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives.
  • Also be aware of how people can become aware that you may be away from your home. For instance the use of Social Media as highlighted in this article here. Social Media leading to House Break ins.
  • Windows and Doors can be fitted with Bars or Grilles for extra security

Don't Tempt a Thief:

  • Lawn mowers, barbecues and bicycles are best stored out of sight
  • Always lock your garden sheds and garages.
  • Use curtains on garage and basement windows.
  • Never leave notes on your door such as “Gone shopping.”

Locks…Get the Best:

  • No lock, regardless of its quality, can be truly effective. Key-in dead bolt locks provide good basic security. Ask a locksmith for advice on your situation.
  • Change locks immediately if your keys are lost or stolen.
  • When moving into a new home, have all locks changed.

Targeting the Outside:

  • Have adequate exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for outside.
  • Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.
  • Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.

Windows:

  • Most windows can be pinned for security.
  • However there are an excellent range of key locks for windows. Have them keyed alike for ease of use.

Alarms:

  • An alarm system is excellent for home security. It provides peace of mind to homeowners, especially while on vacation. There is a wide variety of alarm systems on the market.
  • A great system that is available are the Navigator Systems from NES Corporation. Andrew Reilly from Wire-Not Electrical can obtain and install this system at a very good price if you live in Brisbane. His telephone number is 07 36330118 and email address is andrew@wire-not.com.au and his web site is www.wire-not.com.au      For additional information about these alarms Read more here.
  • If you have a home alarm system, use it!Activate your alarm system — Alarm systems are only useful when you remember to activate them.
  • Many individuals have alarm systems but do not arm them because it is inconvenient. Some burglars know this and will not be deterred by a window sticker or sign indicating that the home has an alarm system. Besides, many insurers will have clauses where they will limit or void cover if a burglary occurs but the alarm is not activated.
  • According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there were approximately 430,000 households in Australia that were the victim of at least one break-in or an attempted break-in to their property over the last 12 months*. That equates to 50 households every hour.
  • While household burglary is one of the most widespread crimes in Australia, fortunately there are easy steps that every one of us can take to minimise the threat of becoming a statistic. One of the most effective ways is through the installation of a monitored burglar alarm system. Not only does the installation of an alarm system improve the security of a property, but it also provides peace of mind for you and your families.

* Australian Bureau of Statistics - Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2010-11

If Your Home Is Broken Into:

If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door:

  • Do not enter - the perpetrator may still be inside.
  • Use a neighbour's phone or your mobile phone to call police.
  • Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.
  • Write down the licence plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
  • Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.

Other precautions you should take:

  • Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other “secret” hiding places -- burglars know where to look for hidden keys.
  • Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase and original value, and serial numbers, and keep a copy in a safe place away from home — this is a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters.
  • Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. We  can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.
  • Trim any shrubs around your home to reduce cover for burglars.
  • Be a good neighbour. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call 000.
  • Mark your valuables with something identifiable such as your driver's license number with an engraver or you can buy one for your own use. Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and easier for police to recover.
  • Form a Neighbourhood Watch Group. The police help form these and can assist your neighbours to improve security and reduce risk of burglary.
  • Consider installing a burglar alarm system.

And don’t forget. Your local police force is happy to help with tips and assistance on your home security. Give them a call. 

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