Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

Po­lice on­line project Safe as Houses raises aware­ness and en­cour­ages pro­tec­tion of prop­erty and be­long­ings from bur­glars. Statis­tics from 2013 re­vealed 15,740 re­ported bur­glar­ies, and nearly 24 per cent oc­curred as a re­sult of peo­ple leav­ing doors and win­dows un­locked. Those fig­ures are un­ac­cept­able, and I'm get­ting a sore head from bang­ing it against the wall each time I see a re­port of a pre­ventable bur­glary. Safe as Houses pro­vides common sense ad­vice, how­ever common sense is not all that common nowa­days. I know it's im­prac­ti­cal for ev­ery­one to own a dog, but it's still the best se­cu­rity you can have. It doesn't mat­ter if it is big or small, if it barks, it makes the bur­glars think twice about tar­get­ing your premises. The most im­por­tant ac­tions you can take is lock­ing doors and win­dows, not leav­ing valu­ables within clear view, fit­ting se­cu­rity lights, sen­sors or alarms and get­ting to know your neigh­bours. More Safe as Houses in­for­ma­tion is at­mu­ni­tysafety.po­ - Se­nior Sergeant Gary Th­waites

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