Four in every ten Australians experience a break-in at some point in their lives, with home theft costing the nation a staggering $2.2 billion each year. Now that winter is upon us and most people are returning home in the dark, ADT Security are urging residents to take extra caution.
To help residents prevent a break–in, the ADT Security have developed a free online questionnaire designed to assess the security of individual homes.
According to Mark Norton, ADT general manager, theft remains the greatest threat to Australian homes. It is crucial that residents take whatever precautionary measures they can to keep their homes and families safe from harm. It could be as simple as getting some new locks.
With so many different options to choose from, many people find security issues confusing and there is evidence they often waste money on measures that are not relevant. Anyone can take our free online questionnaire and find out what security measures are suitable for his/her home.
In addition to online feedback, ADT Security give residents six basic tips to help secure their home and keep burglars at bay.
- Never leave the house without locking up: The most common time for burglary is between 8am and noon, so people should get into the habit of locking all doors and windows whenever going out. People should be extra cautious on Friday, which is the most popular day for burglaries.
- Beef up your doors: Nearly 40% of theft happens at the front door. If the exterior doors are hollow-core, they should be replaced with solid wood, fibre glass or steel. High quality locks should be obtained for the safety of the house.
- Install an alarm system: Burglars are more likely to avoid a house with an alarm system. Ensuring round-the-clock protection also acts as an effective deterrent.
- Install light sensors: Thieves will be less likely to rob, if they think that someone is at home. Installing light sensors at the front and back of the house will give the illusion someone is always around.
- Never leave the house in holiday mode: People should not plan any jet-setting without making plans for the home security. Asking a friend or neighbour to collect the mail, setting the lights on a timer or keeping the radio on, all helps to create a sense of life about the home.
- Keep the neighbours in the know: One in five people do not warn their neighbours about thieves in the area after they have been burgled. Establishing a neighbourhood watch for a street is a great way to ensure everyone’s safety.