Stop bur­glars from ru­in­ing sum­mer

South Waikato News - - Backyard Banter -

Sum­mer is fast ap­proach­ing and here are some tips to keep your home se­cure.

In a per­fect world, we’d never have to worry about our stuff be­ing stolen. But as Christ­mas looms and we start plan­ning our sum­mer hol­i­days, it’s im­por­tant to con­sider the un­think­able.

Ac­cord­ing to a study car­ried out ear­lier this year, ap­prox­i­mately 164 bur­glar­ies oc­curred ev­ery day in New Zealand in 2015, and al­most 60,000 went un­solved. The most com­mon items that are stolen in­clude elec­tri­cal goods like TVS, ipads, cam­eras and smart­phones, jew­ellery and watches, bi­cy­cles and tools, so if you own any of these make sure you keep them safe.

Roger Wallace, AMI gen­eral man­ager cus­tomer con­tact, says sum­mer is a prime time for crim­i­nals to take ad­van­tage.

‘‘Many peo­ple leave their win­dows open be­cause it’s hot. And while we’re in an­other room, in the back­yard or out en­joy­ing the sun, op­por­tunis­tic thieves could be in your home tak­ing your stuff,’’ he says.

But while it’s a sad fact that theft is pro­lific through­out much of the coun­try, there are a few things you can do to pro­tect your stuff should the un­think­able hap­pen to you.’’ your win­dows and doors open dur­ing sum­mer, but think about in­stalling se­cu­rity latches first. If you live in a large house and spend most of your time at one end, make sure the other end is se­cure; you’d be sur­prised at how many bur­glar­ies hap­pen while res­i­dents are at home or in the back­yard. and tools hid­den away in your garage. Think about where you set your Christ­mas tree up too. Fairy lights shin­ing out onto the street might look nice, but so might that big pile of presents. what you had and what they’re worth. The Locker is free, sim­ple to use and to­tally se­cure. Upload pho­tos, se­rial num­bers and re­ceipts; you can even lodge items room by room to help keep ev­ery­thing or­gan­ised. For more in­for­ma­tion head to neigh­bourly.co.nz/home­con­tents.

PHOTO: 123RF

Think about se­cu­rity latches on win­dows.

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