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Home Security Tips

Helpful hints for home security

Household theft affects around 1 in 3 people in NSW. A secure home will help reduce the chance of a break in, so here are some easy steps to help make your home safer.

  • Always lock all outside doors and windows when you go out, even if you are only going to be away for 10 minutes.
  • Lock your external garage or garden shed with a quality key-operated lock or padlock.
  • If you go out at night, leave some internal lights and a radio on.
  • Trim trees and shrubs around windows.
  • Do not leave keys hidden outside your house.
  • If you are in the garden or watching TV, lock up parts of the house you can't keep an eye on.
  • Lock away ladders, garden tools and bicycles.
  • If you have a lot of jewellery, valuable documents, cash or other negotiable items, consider installing a safe or a burglar alarm.
  • Never leave notes for people telling them you are out and when you will be back.

The most common entry points for a burglary are the garage, followed by the bedroom and kitchen. Make sure:

  • Garage doors and windows are closed when you are in another part of the house and secured and locked when you are out.
  • Windows and sliding doors in bedrooms and the kitchen are closed and properly secured when you are away from home.

Having security on your home can also act as a precautionary measure to protect you against burglary and theft. A range of home security measures are available, such as:

  • Key-operated two-cylinder deadlocks fitted to all external hinged doors
  • Key-operated lock or patio bolts fitted to all external sliding doors
  • Key-operated single cylinder window locks fitted to all accessible windows
  • Security grills or security screens fitted to all accessible windows
  • Local type burglar alarm system installed in the home