How a bit of commonsense can prevent you from becoming another statistic
First, the good news.
Crime rates in NSW have either remained stable or fallen over the previous two years. In fact in some areas, break and enter rates are back to where they were in the 1970’s. Cool! Break out the flares and the disco ball!
But, as usual, there’s a catch; it all depends on where you live.
Crime rates can vary from area to area, suburb to suburb and, in some cases, street to street. That means the overall lower crime rates don’t necessarily offer a blanket guarantee that your home won’t become another statistic.
Now, we’re not trying to raise your anxiety levels – far from it. We simply want to put home security firmly on your radar because, like any insurance policy, effective home security requires that you do a regular assessment of the current risks based on changing circumstances. Once you’ve done that, you can then
weigh up the cost versus the peace of mind.
One reason for lower break and enter rates is that homeowners are making it more difficult for criminals to do their dirty work by taking appropriate precautions. Are you?
Naturally, we believe that the single most effective way you can protect your home, family and valuables is with our security shutters. Designed specifically to protect Australian family homes, they are virtually intruderproof.
Let’s take a look at some additional sensible steps you can take.
Know your neighbour
The more tightknit the community is, the more secure it is. Friendly neighbours can keep an eye out for suspicious activity when you’re away, and you can return the favour.
The simplest way to deter opportunistic thieves is make it hard for them to get in and out quickly. Always lock doors and windows before you go out, even if you’re just popping down to the shops.
Take care with keys
The easiest way for a thief to enter your home is through the door using your key. Don’t ‘hide’ a spare key outside and don’t lend your keys to tradies or anyone you don’t know. Keys can be copied.
Let your neighbours know where you’re going and for how long. Leave them contact details. Ask friends or neighbours to collect the mail and cancel the paper delivery. A car left parked in the driveway and internal lights on timers can signal that the home is occupied. And don’t forget to get someone to mow the lawn if you’re away for a prolonged period of time.
Play it safe with valuables
Money and jewelry are the most common items stolen during a break in. Buy a small safe to protect your valuables.
Don’t provide cover
Keep trees and bushes around window and doors trimmed so as to provide a clear line of sight from the street.
Apart from all the other benefits of pet ownership, a dog can be a great burglar deterrent. Or install an alarm system.
If you’re already doing all of the above, well done. If not, maybe it’s time you took steps to avoid becoming another crime statistic.