Making it tougher for crooks
Thieves go after easy targets
New laws are now in place that impose tougher penalties on home burglaries, but crooks are always motivated by easy targets. You can help frontline police make it tougher for crooks by being aware and making small changes to how you look after your valuables and secure your home.
It’s easy for all of us to become a little complacent over these relaxing summer months. But that’s what thieves are counting on. So keep a close eye on your belongings at all times.
- If you’re going shopping, make sure your bag is closed and don’t leave it unattended in your trolley.
- Don’t leave your phone or bag unattended in public.
- Be wary of anyone who tries to distract you.
- Be observant and aware of people who may appear suspicious.
- Always keep minimal amounts of cash in your wallet or purse.
- Record your mobile phone’s IMEI number once you purchase a new phone. This is located near the phone’s battery.
Don’t leave valuables in cars
Valuables in your car are easy targets for thieves, especially in deserted car parks. So it’s important to remove any visible items to keep them safe. It’s also helpful to:
- Try park your car in well-lit areas.
- Ensure your vehicle is always locked.
- Close all your windows – even when you’re at the petrol station.
- Remove any detachable items, such as GPS or your car stereo.
- Have your keys in your hand before you get to your car – be aware of your surroundings.
Make your home safe as a castle
You can reduce the chances of home burglary with a few simple steps.
- If you’re on holiday, arrange for mail to be held by Australia Post or collected daily by someone while you’re away.
- Keep doors and windows locked at all times.
- Keep valuable items such as home computers, laptops, stereos and mobile phones out of sight.
- Do not leave spare keys hidden outside – leave them with a neighbour, friend or relative.
- Keep trees and shrubs trimmed to reduce the opportunity for burglars to hide and increase visibility from the street.
- Be mindful of posting information about yourself on social media. Saying you’re on holiday suggests you aren’t home.
- If you have a home alarm system, activate it when leaving your home unattended.