When it comes to home security a large number of Aussies struggle to do the bare minimum, with nearly a quarter of people leaving their doors unlocked.
About 23 per cent of people don’t regularly lock the doors to their home and 70 per cent don’t use deadbolt locks, a recent Finder survey of 2,013 Australians found. Additionally, only 53 per cent of people have locks on their windows.
“Some people are so complacent they don’t even lock the front door. Burglary happens everywhere – even in the safest neighbourhoods,” Kate Browne, personal finance expert at finder.com.au said.
Residents in South Australia were less likely to lock their doors, with 26 per cent of people failing to do so regularly.
In New South Wales and Victoria, 77 per cent of survey respondents said they regularly lock their door. And in Western Australia 78 per cent took the same approach.
But it was Queenslanders who were the most vigilant, with 80 per cent regularly locking their doors.
According to insurance company Budget Direct, in 2017 there were 225,900 recorded burglaries in Australia, or one every three minutes, while 20.3 per cent of Aussie homes have been burgled at some point. Of those reported break-ins, 74 per cent of the household had property stolen and 49 per cent had property damaged.
The Finder survey found only 22 per cent of people have an alarm system, and only 12 per cent have invested in a video or CCTV system.
“Most burglaries are crimes of convenience – your average burglar will lack the skills or the brainpower to pull off a daring heist. By leaving your home unlocked you’re making it easy for them,” she added.
For those who want to keep their homes extra safe, there’s an array of high-tech devices, apps and gadget out there designed to ensure your home is safe.
One of the most popular is the ‘smart’ doorbell system, which links to an app on the homeowner’s smartphone and alerts them when someone is at the door. They can then speak to whoever’s at the door through their phone – as if they were standing behind the door in real life.
If you aren’t able to purchase an expensive security camera, you can pick up a dummy camera for around $20. It will give the impression that you’re home has a security system and deter burglars.