Po­lice re­as­sure se­niors

Melville Times - - Street Watch -

oc­cur through un­locked doors and win­dows,” he said.

“Thieves will check homes in a street to look for one that is left in­se­cure.

“As se­niors are more se­cu­rity con­scious and lock their doors and win­dows each night, they are at a lower risk of be­ing a vic­tim of bur­glary.”

Sgt Trim­ble said bur­glars took a dif­fer­ent ap­proach dur­ing the day, of­ten knock­ing on the front door to make sure no one is home.

He said be­cause se­niors are at home more dur­ing the day, they are less likely to have their home bro­ken into.

“It’s im­por­tant to call out, telling them through the locked door to come back later as your part­ner is un­well in bed, but don’t keep quiet or they will think the home is empty and pro­ceed to break in,” Sgt Trim­ble said.

He said dogs and alarms were great se­cu­rity mea­sures, with noise alert­ing oth­ers that some­thing is wrong.

He also rec­om­mended se­niors keep a phone, door key and a torch next to their bed.

“This will most likely never have to be used but it makes you feel safer, if some­thing was to oc­cur,” he said.

Re­port sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to po­lice on 131 444.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d475951

Sergeant Paul Trim­ble speaks to Fran Sil­litto, Noleen Jesser and Meg Spencer about home se­cu­rity mea­sures.

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