Don’t make it easy for home thieves

Con­sumer tips pro­vided by REIQ

Whitsunday Times - - REAL ESTATE -

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.

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