With the Easter long weekend approaching, many people plan to travel out of town. Unfortunately, this also makes their homes more vulnerable to burglary. According to statistics, over 39,000 homes in Victoria are broken into every year. To avoid becoming a victim of burglary this Easter, follow these 7 simple security tips:
- Install Window Locks.
While most people lock their doors, many forget to secure their windows, which can be an easy entry point for burglars. By investing in window locks, you can prevent burglars from gaining entry through an unlocked bathroom or laundry windows and have peace of mind during your holiday.
- Bring in Your Bins.
Leaving your bins out on the kerb is a clear indication that your home is unoccupied. Ask a neighbour to bring them in or hire a reliable local teenager to do it for you. You can also ask them to collect your mail while they’re at it. The more lived-in your home looks, the less likely it is to be targeted by burglars.
- Safeguard Your Garage.
Your garage is full of tools and equipment worth thousands of dollars, such as lawnmowers, power tools, and other precious goods that would be pricey to replace. Like with the rest of your home, make sure your garage is locked and safe.
- Secure Your Valuables.
If your house is broken into, keeping your valuables might help you limit your losses. Thieves are opportunistic and will take anything of value that is left, such as cash, iPads, and jewellery. If you have a safe, be sure it’s well-secured and can’t be moved easily.
- Creating the Image of Safety.
Making your home more secure doesn’t have to break the bank. While investing in security measures like alarms, safes, and automated lighting can be an excellent way to protect your home, there are also affordable options to create the impression that your home is well-protected. You can put up signs warning burglars that you have a security alarm system and a guard dog, even if you don’t have them. Additionally, fitting sensor lights that look like CCTV cameras can be a cost-effective way to deter potential intruders.
- Hire a House Sitter.
If you have a holiday planned and want to ensure the security of your home while you’re away, there are several options available to you. One option is to ask a trustworthy friend or family member to house-sit for you. Alternatively, you can search for a responsible housesitter’s directory or hire a reliable young adult to take care of your property, garden and pets while you’re away. Having someone trustworthy in charge of your home can give you peace of mind and make your holiday more enjoyable.
- Set Timers.
By connecting your garden sprinklers and indoor lights and appliances to a timer, they can be programmed to turn on and off automatically, creating the illusion that your home is occupied even when you’re away.
By following these tips, you can minimise the risk of your home being burgled this Easter. Contact Fleet Locksmiths today to learn more about our security locks and systems.
Remember, Fleet Locksmiths are available 24/7 for emergencies. If you find yourself locked out, give us a call at any time at 0405 544 922.