Sense in se­cu­rity

Broome Advertiser - - Opinion - Se­nior Sergeant Bren­don Bar­wick

Broome po­lice would like to re­mind res­i­dents not to drop their guard when it comes to home se­cu­rity.

Be­tween Oc­to­ber 11 and Oc­to­ber 18 there were 24 re­ported bur­glar­ies in Broome.

Sta­tis­tics show most bur­glar­ies are a re­sult of an easy op­por­tu­nity too good to ig­nore. By em­ploy­ing com­mon-sense prac­tices in your daily rou­tine, you will re­duce your chance of be­com­ing a vic­tim of crime.

Hav­ing good qual­ity locks on your doors and win­dows will make it harder for bur­glars to en­ter your home.

One of the cheap­est and most ef­fec­tive se­cu­rity ac­ces­sories you can add to your home is a snib guard to your se­cu­rity screen doors.

A snib guard is a plas­tic guard, se­cured on the inside of your door near the lock and han­dle. It pre­vents pry­ing fin­gers from pen­e­trat­ing the fly­screen and un­lock­ing your se­cu­rity screen door from the out­side.

Phys­i­cally check to make sure the doors of your car and home are locked be­fore you turn in for the night.

Never leave valu­ables in ve­hi­cles or where they may be vis­i­ble from the street.

En­sure gates are locked when not in use, sen­sor se­cu­rity lights are in­stalled out­side your home, se­rial num­bers are recorded and valu­ables are marked or en­graved for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Re­main vig­i­lant and re­port sus­pi­cious behaviour.

Note cloth­ing, di­rec­tion of travel of those on foot, and regis­tra­tion num­bers of sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cles. We all need to work to­gether to keep our town safe.

For fur­ther se­cu­rity tips, visit the WA Po­lice web­site at po­ or drop into the Broome Po­lice Sta­tion and speak with an of­fi­cer.

For 24-hour po­lice as­sis­tance, phone Broome Po­lice Sta­tion on 9194 0200 or in an emer­gency dial triple-0.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion for po­lice can call Broome Po­lice Sta­tion or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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