Did you know that more than 200,00 homes in Australia are broken into each year.
Having your home broken into is a scary thought. We like most families do our best to make sure we are secure and safe. Locks on windows, doors are locked and we even put padlocks on gates when we are not here.
How do you keep your house safe? Do you have an alarm? Make sure that you replace locks when they show signs of wear and tear and also when you move into a new place.
“Despite this significant experience with home break-ins, only four in 10 people are changing their front door locks when they move house (41 per cent), and only half have a deadlock on the back door (57 per cent)*, confirming a remarkably relaxed attitude to home security.”
Lane Security has teamed up with Crime Stoppers to help educate home owners on better home security. The police have a great check list to assist with home security.
With kids back at school and many people back at work you might think you can relax now. I would say that this is what the naughty people that break into your house count on.
Don’t think that it cannot happen to you. Holidays are the peak time but your house can get broken into at any time of the year, sad but true. Even if it is a safe area, make sure to lock up and be secure.
Did you know that “only 12 per cent of renters requested the locks be changed before they moved in”
You can read more with the Lock Report from Lane Security to find out more about what you can do to be more secure.
Make sure that you don’t have easy access to your property. Make it hard for someone to enter if they are not welcome.
Some tips to help you feel better about your house security:
- Lock up your garage and shed.
- Make sure all doors have deadbolts/deadlocks on them.
- Fit all windows with locks.
- Don’t have a hidden key outside your house. Leave keys with a friend or family member.
- Make sure your keys don’t have any personal or address details on them. If you lose them the person who finds them will not be able to know where you live and then have a key to the house.
- Keep valuables out of sight.
- Make sure you have adequate lighting.
- If you are going away put your mail on hold so it does not pile up outside your house. This is a very obvious sign you are not home.
- If you can it might be a good idea to have someone pop around and check on the house if you are on holiday or if they are able to house sit.
I hope this helps keep you a little safer and if you need to fix any locks or add locks to your place it has helped you know what to do next.
Thanks so much to Lane Security for my lovely safety pack for our house. We will put it to good use.