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When the weather heats up, so does crime!

Nov 30, 2017

As we enter into the summer months and the festive season, it is timely to remind home and car owners to keep their property and vehicles well secured at all times.

This time of year often leads to an increase in break and enter offences as people leave their doors and windows open to take advantage of the breeze.

Most offences are opportunistic – through unlocked doors or windows, with minimal effort, even when residents are at home. Even if you live in an apartment this will not deter some offenders who will scale balconies to gain access where they can.

Some basic measures can be taken to reduce the chances of you being a victim. Something as simple as securing doors and windows, even if you are at home will help.

Some other measures to lock out burglars include;

Home

  • Fit security screen doors and quality deadlocks on external doors
  • Fit windows with secure locks, and do not leave keys in window locks
  • Get to know your neighbours
  • Ensure trees and shrubs are trimmed to allow visibility to your property
  • Always take your door key with you
  • Install perimeter security lighting such as sensor lights around your property
  • Report any suspicious activity

Vehicle

  • Always lock your vehicle and fully close windows
  • Remove any personal belongings or keep out of sight
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lit and high visibility area
  • Remove keys from ignition, even if you are only leaving the vehicle unattended for a minute
  • Don’t leave vehicle keys lying around on tables, bedside tables or key hooks within your home- keep them out of sight
  • Consider taking your vehicle keys with you if you head out
  • Consider steering wheel locks, ignition shields and car alarms to help secure your car

To discuss your home and vehicle insurance with your AustBrokers Comsure Adviser, contact us today on 1800 122 194.

Article supplied by the Queensland Police.


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