Easy steps to improve your home security
Safe at Home Checklist
- You would be surprised how many people suffer an unlawful entry as a result of leaving doors unlocked. Make it a habit to go around the house every night before going to bed. Ensure that doors, gates, security screens and windows are securely locked
- Where possible fit deadlocks. They are much more secure than a standard door lock. Contact Victims of Crime NT to enquire about financial assistance to fit deadlocks.
- Keep your keys safe. You would be surprised how many people leave a spare key outside their home. Someone looking to break into your home knows all the best hiding places.
- If your windows open then remember to lock them when you do your security round before sleeping or leaving the house. If they slide then inserting a sturdy piece of dowel in the tracks will greatly improve their level of security.
- Make sure your yard is clean and tidy. Do not leave large objects around that could be used as cover.
- Trees and shrubs provide both access to your house and cover for potential burglars. Trim or remove plants that may be used for access or compromise visibility.
- Put your garden tools away and make sure you lock the garden shed. Garden tools and ladders provide the tools for easy entry to your home.
- In case of an emergency make sure your house number is clearly visible.
- Leaving messages on the front door just lets people know you are not home.
- If you are away from your home for any period of time, arrange for someone to clear your letter box.
- If you are going out leave the radio or television on, or leave a light on. It gives the impression that someone is home.
- Always keep cash and valuables out of sight.
- If it is within your means, consider installing an alarm system that covers your doors and windows and/or movement activated security lights at the front and back of your home.