The Australian Bureau of Statistics states that in 2010, 254,500 Australian households were the victims of at least one break-in to their home, garage or shed, and 203,700 households were victims of an attempted break-in.
Numerous research bodies in Australia and across the world have found some key facts about residential burglaries:
- Most burglaries are opportunistic and are not planned in advance. This means that a burglar strikes only on spotting an open door / window or an unguarded / empty house.
- Most burglars do not attempt breaking into homes with alarm systems, a security guard or a dog.
Based on the facts above it is important to make sure you are securing all access points to your home. Leaving an open window when you are out is an easy target for a burglar. Especially if it is clearly visible and accessible from the street.
We at Locksmiths Near You also find security screens and grills to be a deterrent. There are different types of screen mesh available on the market. Some are made strong to prevent being cut with sharp knifes while others are for ventilation purposes only.
It is also important to note that when you are home, it is ok to have your windows and doors open whilst screen doors and windows are locked (to let air through). This way if a person does decide to try and break in, you should be present to hear the disturbance.
When not at home, all doors and windows should be securely locked (along with screens) to properly secure your premises.
We also recommend that when moving to a new home or business premises, you have all the locks changed or rekeyed. Previous owners may still have keys to your new investment, not to mention neighbours, relatives or friends. Also a set may had been lost previously and nothing was done.
Police are able to work out if a key was used in a break- in as there is no sign of forced entry, this can make it difficult to claim insurance if you aren’t fully prepared and leave yourself open to this.
It is not recommended to lock screens, windows or sliding doors in an open position for pets to access your property. Far too many times have we found that this is an area used to break into properties. This practice weakens your security and allows for thieves to use leverage on these areas, prying open windows and doors.
At Locksmiths Near You, we fit window locks, deadlocks, patio bolts (for sliding doors) and everything you would require to keep your family or business safe. We can also key all these locks alike in a Master key setup to limit the amount of keys you would need for multiple locks across you property, down to just one or two.