Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Residential -

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.”

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