Put yourself in a burglar’s shoes. If you ‘think like a thief’ you will be able to identify signs of security weaknesses in your home.
- Lock your doors and windows
- Record the serial numbers of expensive electronic items and photograph these and other valuables
- Keep valuables out of sight i.e. jewellery, cameras, electronic games
- Keep garden sheds and garages locked when not in use and ensure ladders are stored away from sight
- Consider investing in an alarm system, or getting sensor lights fitted
- Keep the house secure when you are out in the garden or the yard
- Check for weak spots where a thief could get into your garden, for example, a low or sagging fence, or a back gate with a weak lock
- Keep hedges or plants around doors and windows well trimmed – don’t give burglars a place to hide
- Use a chain on the door – don’t open the door to strangers, unless the chain is attached
- Note down registrations of any suspicious vehicles – often burglars will scope out a place beforehand
- Join or form a Neighbourhood Support Group. Your Community Constable will have details
- Register serial numbers on the SNAP website www.snap.org.nz.
When going on holiday:
Make arrangements for your mail and newspaper to be stopped or collected by a neighbour or friend
Hide valuable items, financial documents and spare keys to vehicles etc
Set timer switches on lights and/or radio.
If a crime is being committed, or you see something suspicious and the offenders are still there or have just left, call 111 immediately.
Information courtesy of New Zealand Police. Visit: www.police.govt.nz