How Secure is Your Home – 5 Home Security Tips

1. All locked up

Police suggest many opportunistic thieves take advantage of unlocked homes. Even if you are going out for a short time, lock-up your house and windows. Locksmiths can provide advice on appropriate door and window locks, and key all the windows to a single key.

2. Don’t provide cover

Deter thieves from targeting your house by ensuring a clear line of sight from the street. Cut back trees and bushes that block your front door, look into installing movement sensor lights and report broken street lights straight away.

3. Security doesn’t take a holiday

Ask friends to collect your mail and to stop junk mail from building up in your letterbox while you’re away from home. A neighbour parking in your driveway can also help signal the house is not unoccupied. Other measures could include internal lights or a radio set on timers and organising for someone to mow your lawn.

4. Don’t advertise valuables

Break up packaging for expensive new gear before tucking it into the bin or recycling. Also, take a look at your house from the outside. With most thieves looking for cash, even a wallet or iPod left on your hall table can make your home a target. Speaking of valuables, police advise making an inventory of your belongings to have at hand in case of a break-in. Mark your property using an engraver or ultra-violet markers and take photos of precious, one-of-a-kind possessions.

5. Install an alarm or deter thieves with a dog

Add another layer of defence to your home with an alarm system. A barking dog can also provide effective security for your home. Even installing a “Beware of the dog” sign can make thieves hesitate targeting your home.

6. Make friends with your neighbours

In tight knit communities, people look out for each other. Neighbours can report suspicious activity at your home and help when you’re away – and you can return the favour. Check with your neighbours to see if a neighbourhood watch is currently in place.