Don’t make it easy for home thieves
Consumer tips provided by REIQ
ONE of the best ways to keep your home secure is to be vigilant – and vigilance does not cost a cent, according to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland and Neighbourhood Watch (NHW).
NHW state co-ordinator Sergeant Steve Batterham said many house break-ins were simply crimes of opportunity.
“Entry is gained through an open or unlocked window or door,” Sgt Batterham said.
“Most intruders are looking for, and often find, a house left open or unlocked where they can get what they want with ease and make a quick getaway.”
Sgt Batterham said it wasn’t always necessary to spend a lot of money on home security – care and vigilance are free.
“If everyone made sure to lock up securely before leaving home, the impact on crime may be quick and dramatic with more Queenslanders working together with police to prevent crime,” he said.
Other crime prevention tips include making your house number easily seen so police and emergency services can find your premises quickly. Reflective numbers are helpful. If your house is on a corner the number should face the street named in your address. It is unwise to leave messages on doors. They suggest no one is home. If having goods delivered while you are out, have a neighbour collect them.
A parcel on the doorstep also indicates no one is home.
Cash and valuables should be kept out of easy reach and out of sight. If you have a quality home safe, then use it. Consider leaving a light on and the radio or television playing to give the impression that someone is home.