Your home is your sanctuary. Make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect it.

The basics:

  • Close and lock all windows and doors
  • Don't leave a spare key outside under a mat or flower pot, or in the mailbox or on the ledge – it's better to leave a spare key with a trusted neighbour or friend
  • If ordering merchandise online, make sure the package is delivered well before you go away, so it isn't left sitting out on the doorstep

If buildings and properties can be designed to reduce damage from storms, natural disasters and the elements, then they should also be designed to prevent crime.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a philosophy that encourages the use of designing your home or business in a way that impedes criminal behaviour such as theft, vandalism, or burglary.

You can reduce the risk to your family, home and valuable contents by implementing some home security safety tips.

CPTED tips

  • Install fencing with a secure lockable gate to clearly define your property and prevent easy access to the back of your home
  • Install solid-core doors on all exterior doors with deadbolt locks
  • Make sure your doors feature wide-angle peepholes at heights everyone can use
  • Secure all sheds and outbuildings, making sure they are visible from your home
  • Keep windows locked and use a screw or block so they can't be lifted
  • Ensure shrubbery is kept neat and trimmed so there is an unobstructed view (thick shrubs are a great hiding spot for thieves)
  • Also ensure there are no dark areas around the house, garage, or yard that could hide prowlers at night
  • Always keep your doors locked (front, sides, back and garage) and do not post a note indicating that you are not home
  • Invest in bright security lighting and exterior motion-censored lights
  • Consider purchasing a home security system including an alarm system and video surveillance camera
  • Don't post vacation plans on social media, or advertise the new expensive items you just purchased on social media
  • Ensure your house number is clearly displayed so police and other emergency personnel can locate your house/business quickly
  • Don't allow deliveries of mail, newspapers, flyers or parcels to build up while you are away
  • Arrange for your lawn to be mowed or driveway to be shovelled if you'll be away for an extended period of time
  • Be a good neighbour and keep an eye on your neighbour's residence, especially if you know they will be out of town