Se­cu­rity sur­vey

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

AL­MOST one in three Aus­tralians over 50 have been the vic­tim of a break-in while they are still in their own home.

Re­search con­ducted by in­surance com­pany Apia also showed al­most twothirds ( 63 per cent) of those who have had their home bro­ken into while they were in­side, were not even aware the in­truder was in the house.

Apia ex­ec­u­tive man­ager Craig Din­gle said the re­search high­lighted the im­por­tance of older res­i­dents re­main­ing se­cu­rity con­scious, even when at home.

‘‘ Apia’s re­search found that a third of Aus­tralians over 50 ( 33 per Apia in­surance re­search found: > 17 per cent of over 50s sur­veyed na­tion­ally some­times left a spare house key un­der a door mat or pot plant > 34 per cent some­times left their front or back door un­locked > 28 per cent some­times left win­dow locks un­locked > 39 per cent of peo­ple aged over 50 with home se­cu­rity sys­tems ad­mit­ted they some­times left home with­out switch­ing the alarm on cent) ad­mit they are ap­pre­hen­sive or un­easy about leav­ing their home empty when they go on hol­i­days in case it is bro­ken into while they are away, but the data shows that many thefts can oc­cur even when the home is oc­cu­pied,’’ Mr Din­gle said.

‘‘ Com­ing face to face with an in­truder dur­ing a home in­va­sion can be a fright­en­ing and dan­ger­ous ex­pe­ri­ence, so i t makes sense to re­duce the risk of a break-in by fol­low­ing some ba­sic se­cu­rity pre­cau­tions while at home.

‘ ‘ C o n s i d e r l o c k i n g ex­ter­nal doors and win­dows if you’re go­ing to be out in the gar­den or in a n o t h e r a r e a o f t h e house, and not leav­ing hand­bags or keys within

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