Below are 10 practises to use to avoid becoming a victim of home theft.
- Lock the windows.
Make sure all of your windows are locked as you are leaving your home.
- Lock the doors.
Make sure all of your doors are locked as you are leaving your home.
- Turn on the home security alarm.
Ensure that your alarm is turned on as you leave your home (if you have an alarm).
- Use a visual or audio deterrent.
At night, leave on a light, radio or TV for background noise to deter prying thieves from entering your home.
- Park your car visibly.
Have a parked car in your driveway to deter prying thieves by giving the impression that someone is home.
- Have your keys
Ensure that when you are leaving the house, that there are no keys left in the door.
- Hide your spare key well.
Be security savvy. Don’t leave your spare key in an obvious place where people may find it.
- Be aware of your living environment.
Ask neighbours to look out for any unusual neighbourhood activity. Participating in a neighbourhood watch scheme is ideal for the local community to look out for each other.
- Secure your belongings.
You can improve your home contents security by storing your items in a shed, by having a security fence or having a secure chain.
- Don’t tempt thieves.
Don’t place valuable items such as laptops, TV’s, camera’s and money in plain view plain sight for the public to see.