Safe home pre­cau­tions

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Bec Singh

AS the Christ­mas sea­son draws near, Ma­reeba Po­lice are urg­ing res­i­dents to en­sure their house is se­cure be­fore leav­ing to start their hol­i­days.

Tablelands Crime Preven­tion Co­or­di­na­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Aleda Day said there are some sim­ple tips that could be a de­ter­rent for thieves.

“In­stall elec­tri­cal light timers so it looks like peo­ple are home, and en­sure ex­ter­nal doors and win­dows are locked,” she said.

“Make sure any elec­tronic garage door re­motes are dis­abled in case they are found.

“If you can, have a house sit­ter or talk to your neigh­bours about col­lect­ing your mail and col­lect­ing your garbage bin.”

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Day said peo­ple should be alert but not alarmed.

“You should be aware of what is hap­pen­ing around your house but you should not feel like you are liv­ing in a jail cell in your own home,” she said.

“Peo­ple born and raised in Ma­reeba see it still as a small coun­try town. Un­for­tu­nately, it doesn’t mat­ter if it is Ma­reeba, Bris­bane, Syd­ney or Mt Mol­loy thieves are op­por­tunis­tic and it is not nec­es­sar­ily some­one in town.”

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Day said the Christ­mas pe­riod has peo­ple com­ing through the town and if they see a chance they may take it.

“If the mailbox is over­flow­ing with let­ters, it will be a chance for thieves,” she said.

“If it can be avoided do not leave spare keys hid­den in pot plants. If it can­not be avoided, think out­side the box and do not leave them in the usual places.”

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Day said Neigh­bour­hood Watch would be hold­ing a stall at the Ma­reeba mar­kets, out­side the Her­itage Cen­tre to­mor­row.

“They will be hand­ing out home se­cu­rity pack which peo­ple can go through them­selves or have some­one from neigh­bour­hood watch go through them,” she said.

“Neigh­bour­hood Watch have launched an e-watch Face­book page, web­site and blog which will be up and run­ning in the new year.”

She said the e-watch was for in­for­ma­tion, if there was an emer­gency or crime you should ring 000. If re­port­ing a crime ring Po­licelink 131444 or Crime Stop­pers 1800333000.

Tablelands Crime Preven­tion Co­or­di­na­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Aleda Day urges peo­ple to se­cure their homes us­ing the Neigh­bour­hood Watch home se­cu­rity au­dit which will be handed out at the Ma­reeba Mar­kets to­mor­row at the Neigh­bour­hood Watch stall.

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