Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

SE­NIORS are the safest mem­bers of our com­mu­nity for sev­eral rea­sons. Firstly, they are more fre­quently at home dur­ing the day which makes them less likely to be a vic­tim of day-time bur­glary. Bur­glars will knock on the door to make sure no one is home be­fore break­ing in. Se­condly, night-time bur­glars will sneak around homes at night check­ing for un­locked doors and win­dows. It is well known se­niors are more se­cu­rity con­scious than most and will lock their doors and win­dows at night. This pre­vents ac­cess by would-be bur­glars look­ing for an easy and quiet en­try. Se­niors can pro­tect their homes by lock­ing doors and win­dows. Make sure the house is also locked while gar­den­ing out­doors. Lights should not be left on at night; it is best to use a timer so the lights go on and off at dif­fer­ent times dur­ing the night. A dog is a great way to de­ter of­fend­ers from break­ing in be­cause the bark­ing alerts peo­ple that some­one is loi­ter­ing near the house. - Com­mu­nity en­gage­ment of­fi­cer Sergeant Paul Trim­ble

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