Ways to keep your home se­cure

Whitsunday Times - - REAL ESTATE - Con­sumer tips pro­vided by REIQ

HOUSE break-ins are one of the most com­mon crim­i­nal of­fences re­ported to po­lice. And while the num­ber of re­ported house break-in cases in Queens­land has in­creased over the past decade, re­search sug­gests that most could have been pre­vented.

“Most house break-ins ap­pear to be crimes of op­por­tu­nity. There are a num­ber of pre­ven­ta­tive steps that peo­ple can take to make their home as se­cure as pos­si­ble,” Neigh­bour­hood Watch (NHW) state co­or­di­na­tor Sergeant Steve Batterham said.

For­tu­nately there are plenty of NHW crime preven­tion tips. Fu­neral and wed­ding no­tices con­tain­ing an ad­dress can tell a po­ten­tial of­fen- der when to strike. If at­tend­ing such events, have a friend stay over or ask a neigh­bour to watch your house.

If you hear an in­truder in your home do not risk in­jury. Con­cen­trate on rais­ing the alarm and stay­ing safe.

If out­side and you see signs of a break-in, do not en­ter. The in­truder may still be present. Go to a neigh­bour's house, call the po­lice and wait there un­til they ar­rive.

The ex­ter­nal doors of your house should be of solid-core con­struc­tion and prefer­ably fit­ted with dead­locks.

Safety hinges will pre­vent the door be­ing pulled from its hinges. If a door opens out­wards, hinge bolts should be fit­ted.

The in­ac­tive leaf of a set of dou­ble doors (French doors) should be fit­ted with con­cealed lever push-bolts or, prefer­ably, key-op­er­ated locks. The other leaf can be fit­ted with a dead­lock/dead­bolt and used as a nor­mal door.

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