Tips on how to keep your home se­cure

Whitsunday Times - - DOMAIN -

From the ini­tial de­sign of a new home to hav­ing emer­gency num­bers keyed into your phone, there are a num­ber of fea­tures that can be in­stalled to make your home more se­cure.

“It makes sense to have your home as se­cure as pos­si­ble to pre­vent crimes of op­por­tu­nity, which most house break-ins are,” Neigh­bour­hood Watch state co-or­di­na­tor Sergeant Steve Bat­ter­ham said.

If you are build­ing a new home, talk to your ar­chi­tect or builder about a de­sign that helps pre­vent crime.

“Hav­ing solid doors, locks on win­dows, the elim­i­na­tion of dark spots, im­proved ex­te­rior light­ing, an alarm sys­tem, and good qual­ity dead­locks on doors are all se­cu­rity fea­tures which will make your home more se­cure,” Sergeant Bat­ter­ham said.

In an es­tab­lished home, con­sider in­stalling a se­cu­rity door which com­plies with Aus­tralian Stan­dards 2803.1 and 2804 if you wish to leave a door open for ven­ti­la­tion.

A good qual­ity se­cu­rity door should have the cer­ti­fy­ing la­bel clearly dis­played on the door, have a heavy duty frame, three se­cu­rity hinges, a dead­lock and be of 7mm mesh (if alu­minium) or 10-12mm square bars if steel. Keep it locked at all times even when you are at home.

Another se­cu­rity fea­ture is to key in emer­gency num­bers if you own a touch phone.

Con­sid­er­ing key­ing in the num­bers of your lo­cal po­lice sta­tion, triple zero (000) and a fam­ily mem­ber, a neigh­bour or close friend so they can be di­alled by press­ing one but­ton.

Key­ing in num­bers to your phone may be an im­por­tant time­saver es­pe­cially in an emer­gency or if di­alling in the dark.

“Con­sider con­nect­ing a tele­phone ex­ten­sion to your bed­room. Mes­sages on an­swer­ing ma­chines should be care­fully worded so as not to in­di­cate you live alone or the house is unat­tended,” Sergeant Bat­ter­ham said.

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