Tuesday, June 22, 2021; Queensland, Australia

Auchenflower Residents Alliance Inc
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Follow these commonsense steps to make your home as safe as possible

1. Install a burglar alarm.

Monitored security alarms have proven to be the most effective way to combat thieves. The most effective alarms are easily seen from the street, make a loud noise and are linked to a security service that monitors and responds when the alarm is activated.

Some home security organizations offer burglar alarms with personal security and fire alarm functions plus the option of 24-hour monitoring. Obviously, ensure that you only deal with a reputable firm.

2. get into the habit of locking up - every time.

It may take a conscious effort to begin, but it will soon become second nature to lock windows and doors every time you leave and while you're at home.

  • Fit keyed locks to all your windows, however small or high up

Fit double-keyed deadlocks on external doors. A solid timber door is safest –a strong lock on hollow-core door won't protect you. Deadlocks mean thieves can only leave by the way they got in, and make it harder for them to steal big items like TVs;- (Don't deadlock your doors while you're inside and keep keys right by the door in case you need to get out fast in an emergency.)

  • Install patio bolts on sliding doors - a common weak spot.
  • Put a peep-hole in your front door and got a good quality, lockable screen door to put a barrier between you and anyone who comes to the front door.

3. Don't leave. The spare keys outside,

Burglars know all the hiding spots: under the front door mat, on a window ledge, beneath a plant pot, in the letterbox or meter box. Leave keys with a neighbour or friend instead. Keep your car keys in a secure and hidden place as burglars will steal a vehicle if the opportunity presents itself.

4. Lock Your Side Gates.

Side gates allow thieves easy access to the back of your house, away and out of sight from the street.

5. Lock your garden shed or garage.

Not only may they be full of valuable and easy-to-steal tools, but they usually contain implements that thieves can use to break into your or others’ homes. Always lock doors between your house and garage. And don't leave bikes or lawnmowers on the front lawn, even while you're at home.

6. Install movement-activated sensor lights.

Keep your house well lit. And trim trees and shrubs, especially those close to windows and doors that provide cover for intruders as they try to break in.

7. Don't advertise that you're out or away.

Whether you are away for a week or a few days, try and keep your home looking as lived in as possible. This checklist may help.

8. Don't advertise your possessions.

Don't leave the box of your new TV or computer etc. outside the house. Cut boxes into pieces to recycle.

9. List all your valuable items .

If you're unfortunate enough to be, burgled, a list of all your valuables can help you identify what has been stolen. It is a good idea to photograph antiques and jewelry. And always keep receipts for your possessions with your list to help with insurance claims. If you engrave your possessions with your state and license number, or mark them with an ultraviolet pen, it will be more difficult for thieves to sell and can help police identify your goods if they're recovered.

10. 'Beware of the dog'.

Many burglars are put off by a barking dog; although a dog in the backyard might not stop them breaking through a front door or window if the animal doesn't bark too much and attract attention. Even if you don't own a dog, think about putting a 'Beware of the dog' sign on your gate.

1. Make sure your home contents insurance is up to date and that you are not under-insured.

Check that your home contents insurance policy is current. And that you're insured for the right amount to cover the replacement cost of your contents at today's prices.

The information is general advice and does not take into account your individual objectives, financial situation or needs, and may not suit your personal circumstances. So before making decisions about insurance products you should consider the appropriateness of the information having regard to your circumstances, and the relevant Product Disclosure Statement.