Many Australians are expected to take off during the Easter break. This also means there will be a jump in the number of empty homes and quieter streets across the country. It’s these empty homes that attract opportunities for thieves. So if you’re planning on heading away, now is the perfect time to improve your home security and deter intruders from entering your property.
Double check before you leave
It might sound like a no-brainer, but unlocked doors and windows continue to be the main way thieves enter properties. Unlocked doors and windows allow thieves to enter the property quickly, quietly and discreetly. Check around the house before you drive away, ensuring everything is locked.
Hide the spare key
Common places for spare house keys are on top of the door frame, underneath plant pots, and under the mat. Not only do thieves check these places, but they are not a secure way of protecting your home. Get yourself a small key safe. These little boxes are a great way to store your back up key anytime you need them. Simply install them somewhere that is out of sight from the main road and place your spare set inside. Alternatively, if you’re short on time, you can give them to someone you trust, such as a family member or neighbour.. Are you leaving your car behind to go on holiday? Take your car keys with you or hide them somewhere safe in your home. Never leave keys in visible spots by the front door, in the kitchen or living room.
Motion activated outdoor lights
Install Outdoor lights activated by motion. They are a great way to shine a light on shadowy spots in your back and front yard. Spotlights can light up driveways every time neighbours and passers-by go past the front of your home; another way to deter thieves. Test your outdoor lighting before going away.
Arrange mail and parcel deliveries
You can take several options to ensure your mail or package delivery doesn’t go missing from your home. The first is to redirect all your mail to the post office or to someone you trust, allowing you to collect them when you return. The second option is to delay making your online purchases until you return and request to have your mail, such as utility bills and bank statements, sent via email.
Social media blackout
We all get excited about going away for a couple of days, weeks or even months. But it’s best not to announce social media because you never know who may be watching. Wait until you arrive back home before releasing photos of your adventure.