Tips to keep your property secure
FROM home design features to having emergency numbers keyed into your phone, there are a number of things you can do to make your home more secure and increase your safety.
“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,” Sgt Batterham said.
In an established home, consider installing a security door that 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 family members, a neighbour or close friend so they can be dialled by pressing one button.
Keying in numbers to your phone may be an important time saver, 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,” Sgt Batterham said.
SAFETY SMART: Home design features can help prevent opportunistic break-ins.