Don’t make 2019 a Happy New Year for Burglars
With Christmas and the New Year approaching, many residents will be heading off on holidays. This time of year typically sees a spike in property crime as a result, with thieves taking advantage of unoccupied houses.
There are a number of hints that can help make your home less of a target:
- If you’re going to be away for an extended period of time, inform your local police station.
- Securely lock all doors and windows.
- Cancel any deliveries.
- Use timers to switch lights on at night.
- Disconnect your automatic garage door so it cannot be opened remotely.
- Lock up any tools or ladders.
- Secure your vehicle if you’re not using it.
- Install external sensor lights.
The best asset you have is a trusted neighbour. They can help you by:
- Collecting your mail and junk mail
- Keeping an eye on your house and informing police of any suspicious activity.
- Parking their car in your driveway to so it appears someone is home.
- Looking after a spare set of keys so that they can access your home in an emergency.
For those not lucky enough to be going away, you still need to be conscious of home security. The warm summer days unfortunately also sees an increase in spiderman and sneak offences.
Spiderman offences are burglaries where an offender climbs the exterior of a building to access a unit from the balcony. Spiderman offenders will climb precariously high, with some offenders climbing more than fifteen stories.
Sneak offences are burglaries committed while a resident is home. These can occur while you are asleep, working in the garden, or otherwise occupied.
To prevent these type of offences, always keep your doors locked, including balcony sliding doors, even when you are home. If you want to leave your sliding door open to capture the breeze, consider installing security screens. Offenders can slice through mesh in order to access the door lock, so lock screen doors with a key.
On behalf of the police officers and staff at Coolangatta Police Station, we wish you all a safe and prosperous Christmas and New Year.