Ways to keep your home secure
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.