Burglaries on the rise: Here’s how to keep your home safe this Christmas 14



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Home burglaries, theft and stolen car offences have increased, according to the latest police figures.

Last month, in WA alone, there were 150 more home break-ins, 67 more stolen car offences and 776 more theft offences.

So that you can have peace of mind over the Christmas period – here’s how to keep your home safe from these thieves.

1. Install a fake security camera

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 your home has a security system and deter burglars.

2. Pretend someone’s home

When leaving your home, even if no one is still there, wave towards your door. That way, if someone is watching you, they will be deterred.

3. Clean out your letterbox and mow the lawn

When you’re busy you can forget to check the mailbox or mow the lawn but these both signal to potential thieves that you are away from home, even if you aren’t. If you truly are on holidays, make sure a trusted neighbour clears out your junk mail and tidies up the lawn.

4. Buy fake alarm system stickers

These can be bought online and may deter burglars who think your house is under surveillance.

5. Don’t advertise your holiday on social media

It can be exciting but countdowns to your holiday can just give wannabe thieves a reason to visit your house. Be vague about when you’re going and keep updates to a minimum, especially if you have friends of friends on your account.

6. Hide your car when packing

When loading your car with suitcases, keep it quick and hidden if possible.

7. Insert dowel along sliding windows and doors

This is a simple but effective way of securing windows that already have locks on them (using dowels alone is not the smartest idea!). For double security, put a dowel in the track of sliding doors and windows, so even if someone breaks you window or door locks, they will have trouble getting in.

8. Install an alarm system

These are easy to install yourself and are much cheaper than they used to be. Most alarm system packs come with a keypad and door sensors. You can also get more professional systems with window sensors, wireless remotes and motion detectors. These are great for when you are home as well, as you’ll feel much safer knowing you’ll be awoken by an alarm if anyone attempts to break in.


9. Close up your blinds/curtains

If your front room gives a good view into your home, close your blinds and curtains at night and when you aren’t home. At night, the light from your room will illuminate it, giving the burglar a front row seat into your house.

10. Garage timer

The garage door can easily be left open and even easier to forget that you have. You can buy a garage door that automatically closes after a preset period of time – they’re around $40.


11. Hidden keys

Don’t be tempted to leave your key under the doormat, in a pot plant or under a rock – burglars know all the tricks. You can purchase a combination lock box from a hardware store and screw it in an inconspicuous spot with screws that can’t come out.

12. Motion detector lighting

Put motion detector lighting anywhere near entrances and down the side of your house. Motion detector lights are a proven crime deterrent can be bought for around $15, either wired to your house or running on solar.

13. Get a dog

The best way of detecting a theft is to have a dog! Even small dogs can be enough to scare off a potential thief. Otherwise, having a ‘beware of dog’ sign even if you don’t have a dog is a handy deterrent.

14. Tidy up your garden tools

Before you go on holidays, make sure no garden tools or ladders are lying around, as these will give thieves even more advantage.

15. Know your neighbours

Get to know your neighbours so that they can alert you if they spot any suspicious behaviour.


Tell us, has your house ever been broken into before?

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  1. move the hose. I thought I was doing a great job many years ago looking after my parents home while they were away—-changing blinds, collecting mail and all the usual things, but one of my Dad’s friend;s said he lknew they were away cos the hose hadn’t moved (it was summer!!!) 🙂

  2. If I see a stranger in the street I always call out a cheery goodbye, wave, and even discretely toot as I drive off. The neighbours must wonder sometimes 😊

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  3. While we were away for over a month, we left the radio going as well as having lights come on at a certain time – although we did vary the times – and go off, plus we did notify the neighbours we would be away. Because we live in a cul-de-sac we don’t get a lot of traffic.

  4. When we moved to Brisbane in 2000 we were in some crappy rental while we were waiting for our bought house to go through. We’d bought a TV and hifi in readiness for our new home. We came back from another shopping trip to find the whole lot gone. They had keys. You know what the cop said? “Welcome to Australia mate.”

  5. Put felt under your tiles or a bolt on your loft cover. People get in your houses via the roof. I’ve Seen it done.

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