PRE-TRAVEL HOME SE­CU­RITY CHECK­LIST

Joondalup Times - - CHRISTMAS IS COMING -

All doors and win­dows are key locked.

Tele­phone ringer vol­ume is turned down so peo­ple out­side the home can't hear it for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time. Ex­te­rior sen­sor lights are on. Timers for lights and ra­dio are set to turn on and off in dif­fer­ent rooms at times that match night and day pat­terns so the ca­sual ob­server thinks some­one is home.

Power sup­ply to the elec­tric garage door/s is dis­con­nected and the door be­tween the garage and home is locked. Ve­hi­cle/s left at the home are se­cured and keys are not left in an ob­vi­ous place. Wa­ter sup­ply at the mains is turned off to pre­vent the risk of leaks (if away for a long pe­riod of time).

Tools, gar­den­ing equip­ment and lad­ders are locked away so they can't be used to gain ac­cess to the home. High-value goods aren't vis­i­ble through win­dows and hence aren't easy tar­gets for op­por­tunis­tic thieves. Prop­erty is en­graved or has a vis­i­ble, per­ma­nent mark for easy iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. Pho­tos of valu­ables have been taken and de­tails recorded to help with re­cov­ery if they are stolen and an in­sur­ance claim must be made.

Alarm sys­tem is on and win­dow stick­ers are in place to warn po­ten­tial thieves an alarm is in­stalled. The per­son look­ing af­ter the prop­erty knows how to turn the alarm off and back on, and ar­range­ments have been made to have the alarm mon­i­tored for 24-hour pro­tec­tion while away.

Trusted neigh­bours or friends know your travel plans (dates, ad­dress and tele­phone num­ber) and have spare keys so they can deal with any emer­gen­cies. Ask if they can park a car in the drive­way or take out the bins so it looks like some­one is home.

Travel plans have not been an­nounced on so­cial me­dia. Ask some­one to reg­u­larly col­lect the mail or have it redi­rected through Aus­tralia Post.

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