Stop burglars from ruining summer
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.’’
This might seem like a nobrainer, but always lock your house before you leave, even if you’re just nipping down the road. It might be tempting to keep 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.
DON’T PUT ON A SHOW
Draw your curtains or position valuables well away from nosy eyes, and keep expensive vehicles 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.
KEEP A RECORD OF EVERYTHING YOU OWN
Make the unimaginable manageable – just in case. Neighbourly’s Contents Locker, supported by AMI, lets you keep a track of your belongings so if you need to replace them, you know 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.
GET CONTENTS INSURANCE
While the Locker is not a replacement for a contents policy, it can help you visualise how much stuff you own and how much it’s worth – because it all adds up. If you’ve already got content insurance, use the Locker to help you work out if you’ve got enough cover.
KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
If you see anyone suspicious wandering your streets, spread the word. If you’re new to the area, sign up to Neighbourly and get to know your neighbourhood. The more you know about your community and the more you have your neighbours’ backs, the more they’ll have yours too.
Think about security latches on windows.