Home burglary remains one of the most common crimes in Australia, with a clear rise in burglaries during the warmer months when people may be on holiday or leave windows and doors open to stay cool. Follow these simple tips to reduce the chances of a burglar getting their hands on your prized possessions.
Tips for preventing burglaries
- Always lock the doors and windows, even when you’re home.
- Leave spare keys with a trusted neighbour, friend or family member instead of outside the home in obvious locations, like under mats or flowerpots.
- Only let trusted family and friends know your holiday plans and avoid advertising your movements on social media.
- Consider installing an Australian Standard approved burglar alarm system to deter intruders.
- A security company monitoring your alarm will ensure an immediate response.
- Mark your property and take photos of your valuables. Keep a record of the details in a handy place.
- Use window stickers to warn that there’s an alarm system and that property is marked.
- Don’t open your door or provide access to your home without knowing who’s there. Remember to check the identity of any charity collectors or salespeople.
Use our home and contents calculator to estimate the value of your home and its contents.
When you join Neighbourhood Watch you’ll receive regular emails from your local police about crime prevention and safety issues in your area. Visit nhwa.com.au or call +61 8 9222 1513.
If you’re already an online Neighbourhood Watch member, consider becoming a street representative.
For more information download our fact sheet.