VIGILANCE IS VITAL TO HOME SECURITY
THE early part of the New Year has historically been a notorious period for opportunistic home burglaries, with the number of break-ins in WA tending to peak in January.
Jones Ballard Property Group sales director Shaun Yeo said home owners could actively reduce the risk of being burgled over summer by taking some simple safety precautions.
“Although it’s nice to have people in your neighbourhood watching out for you and your property, you also need to take precautions for yourself and avoid unknowingly rolling out the red carpet for a burglar,” he said.
“Ensure your valuables, such as wallets, handbags, keys and electronic devices are not immediately visible from outside.
“This is a home security tip that applies all year round, but it is particularly important during the warmer months where break-and-enter activity is high.”
Mr Yeo said it was also worth making sure outdoor valuables, such as expensive garden toys or leisure equipment including bikes and surfboards were also kept hidden.
“The early new year is a highly social time and, in WA, our weather is fantastic so naturally we have lots of barbecues and gatherings of friends and family in our homes,” he said.
“Make sure your front door is locked because it only takes a moment for opportunistic thieves to walk straight in and leave with your valuables.”
For home owners going away for a holiday, there were other strategies worth employing to ensure a home was not left vulnerable to theft.
“Don’t leave your keys in doors or windows when you’re on holiday; it might seem like a small thing but it is a very common and often costly mistake to make,” he said.
“Have your neighbours or a friend collect your mail and newspapers in your absence, and put your bins away if necessary.”
In addition, Mr Yeo warned home owners against publicising their absence on social media. “If your social media profiles are publicly visible, you could well be advertising the fact that your house is empty just by posting about your wonderful adventures away from home or checking in at the airport,” he said,
“Thieves are on social media, too, and they may use the technology and information to their advantage; protect yourself by simply changing your privacy settings while you’re away.”