Garage and gar­den shed se­cu­rity is im­por­tant

Whitsunday Times - - DOMAIN -

MOST of us wouldn’t think twice about leav­ing our win­dows or garage door open while we’re mow­ing our back lawn or tend­ing to our gar­den dur­ing sum­mer.

And while you might not give it a se­cond thought, it may give op­por­tunis­tic thieves just the open­ing they need.

“Gar­den and garage tools can not only be stolen while you are in the back­yard – or even in the house – items such as lad­ders can be used to gain en­try to your home at a later date,” Neigh­bour­hood Watch state co-or­di­na­tor Sergeant Steve Bat­ter­ham said.

“The ma­jor­ity of break and en­ters are op­por­tunis­tic, so don’t help thieves into your home by leav­ing eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble win­dows ajar while you’re in the back­yard or the garage door open while you’ve popped in­side to have lunch.

“Brazen thieves have been known to steal any­thing from lad­ders, ham­mers and chis­els to ride-on mow­ers and gaswelders from garages and gar­den sheds. So, make sure these ar­eas are locked when you’re not us­ing them.”

Key-lock­ing screen-doors can also help pre­vent thieves from gain­ing easy en­try into your home.

Real Es­tate In­sti­tute of Queens­land ex­ec­u­tive man­ager Leonie Fos­ter also said many peo­ple in­cor­rectly be­lieve that bur­glar­ies do not oc­cur at the week­ends.

“While peo­ple are at home more at the week­ends, it only takes a few sec­onds for a thief to gain en­try to your home, or steal tools from your garage, if they sus­pect you are oth­er­wise oc­cu­pied,” Ms Fos­ter said.

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