Movement sensors automatically switch on outside lights when movement is detected around your house. This is great for deterring burglars and allows you to see if anyone is lurking in the shadows.
The possibility of being seen by a neighbour or passer-by is a big deterrent for a burglar. A high wall at the front will hide a burglar should they make it over the fence or even walk through the gate. The front of the house should be visible from the street.
Meter boxes should be locked to stop people tampering with your power supply. A viewing window is important so Western Power can still read your meter. RAC members can get a discount with the Meterbox Man to install a viewing window, through our Show Your Card and Save scheme.
Not only can your tools be stolen, but if your shed isn’t locked, a burglar can find something to help them break in.
A roller door protects your car and any possessions in it from thieves.
Most burglaries in WA happen at the rear of the house. If a burglar can be seen walking to the backyard by neighbours or people just passing by, they are less likely to try.
Burglars hate being seen. If you increase the chances of them being seen, you may minimise the risk of burglary too.
An alarm is a great way of deterring a burglar. If they do try to break-in anyway, a monitored alarm means security won’t be too far away.
Statistics show that in many burglary cases not all entry points to a home are locked prior to the break-in. Many burglaries could be prevented with secure locks on doors and windows.
Some doors have a glass pane either next to the door or as part of the door itself. If keys are left on the inside of the door a burglar could easily break the glass and open it. Ensure that if your door is locked, the keys are out of sight.
Burglars have been known to knock to see if anyone is home. People should not open their door to people they do not know. A peephole is essential to maintaining security.
It is important that your door locks are the best you can afford. If good quality locks are used burglars are likely to try their luck somewhere else.
A deadlock is a great way to deter burglars. If they want to try and break in, it certainly makes it harder.
During hot summer months people often leave windows open to allow fresh air to circulate. Make sure that windows can be locked in a partially open position.
In an emergency (such as a fire) windows need to be opened quickly. If all windows have the same key, this makes it easier.
Security screens act as a deterrent to burglars and they also increase the effort needed to get in. Our screens can be designed to allow for easy escape in an emergency situation.
Neighbours are a great deterrent to burglars. If a burglar knows he is being watched he is likely to try his luck elsewhere. If you know your neighbours you can keep an eye on each other’s houses.