Did you know that in 2017 alone there were 225,900 recorded burglaries in Australia or one every 3 minutes? Or that 20.3% of Australian homes have been robbed at some point? Or that it takes 75% of home invaders less than 5 minutes to enter a property? According to a report put together by Budget Direct Australia, Australia has the 5th highest rate of burglaries in the world. Could you risk someone entering your home and putting your family’s safety in jeopardy? Don’t you want to know how to prevent your home from being robbed?
The great thing is, a lot of these house break-ins can be prevented by taking simple steps to keep your home safe and secure. On this week’s blog, we discuss the best ways to protect your family and your home from being burglarised.
Here Are The Simple Steps On How To Prevent Your Home From Being Robbed.
Talk To A Professional Locksmith.
A professional locksmith service is the best place to start to keep your home protected from any unwanted guests. They’ll review the safety of your current doors and windows and ensure they are the quality needed to keep your home safe. If not, they’ll make recommendations to install durable locks and latches for all your doors and windows likely to prevent any burglar attempts at your home.
70% of burglaries in Australia occur because a window or door has been left open. Whether you are home or not, always ensure every window or door in your home is locked at all times. This is one of the easiest and best things you can do to ensure your home isn’t the target of thieves in your area.
Speak to your locksmith about installing a security system for your home. 83% of burglars say they would leave a home if they see an alarm system or an alarm company sign showing in the backyard or on a window.
Protect Your Valuables.
Hide your jewellery, cash and other valuable items in unexpected places. A robber will likely head straight to your bedroom thinking items of value will be hidden there. Also, engrave your phone number on electronics or other valuables so they can’t be re-sold. Keep a record of all serial numbers for your items.
Opened blinds and curtains give potential robbers a great opportunity to window shop for potential items in your home. Keep the blinds and curtains shut when possible.
Never Hide A Key Outside.
It’s insanity to us that people still leave keys to their home in obvious places like under the mat, or in a flower pot. These are the first place a robber is going to look to try and enter your home! If you really need to leave a spare key around, keep one with a trusted neighbour or friend, instead.
Don’t Forget About Gates Or Garage Doors.
Thought you locked all your doors and windows? Don’t forget about the gates and garage doors as well. If a home invader finds and unlocked garage or fence, they can potentially get into your backyard and take time getting around without anybody noticing.
Ensure Your House Doesn’t Look Empty.
Letting mail and newspapers pile up as well as yards left un-mowed is like putting a big sign up at the front saying ” No-one is home. Rob us!”. If you are going away for a bit of time, have someone check and maintain your home regularly whilst you’re away.
Never Post On Social Media.
Think you’re giving your Facebook friends holiday envy? You’re actually advertising on social media you’re currently away and your home is empty for anyone to enter. In many cases, almost 50% of robberies are committed by friends and acquaintances of the victims. How many people do you really trust on your social media pages? Save the upload of your tourist snaps until you’re back at home.
To keep your home safe in Sydney today, get in touch with our trusted locksmith team, today!