Helpful security tips for Melbourne homes and businesses.
A survey from a reputable security company, for instance, a member of ASIAL, is obligation free and costs nothing.
If you install an alarm system, use transfers or stickers to show that it exists.
Maintain and test your alarm regularly. Have it professionally monitored by an alarm company.
Install reliable security doors on main external entrances.
Door hinges should be mounted so that pins cannot be removed.
Fit deadlocks/bolts on all external doors.
When moving in to your home or apartment, install new locks on entrance doors.
Never leave notes that indicate your absence.
Never put your name and address or car registration on your key ring.
Fit window locks or stops on all windows.
Locks should be a type that cannot be opened if glass is broken.
Blinds and drapes should be closed at night.
It should never be apparent to anyone on the street that you are alone.
Cut back shrubs and bushes near windows and doors. They are perfect hiding places for intending house breakers.
Lock all garage doors and windows at night.
Ladders and tools, useful to gain entry, should be locked inside a garage.
Be observant of people or vehicles lingering near your residence as suggested in most Neighbourhood Watch Programmes.
If your residence appears to have been burglarised or you disturb intruders, summon police assistance.
Ask for identification from service callers, such as tradesmen, delivery people, etc.
Call the company they claim to represent and verify their identity, if in doubt.
If they cannot provide identification, call the police.
Beware of people knocking on the door asking for people who do not live in the street. If you see them knocking on other doors on your street, call the police.
Consider having a time clock to switch on some lights or leave some lighting on. We also suggest you leave your refrigerator on. The thief may check the meter box to determine if any power is being used and assume that house is being occupied.
Cancel papers, milk, bread or any other deliveries.
Ask the post office to hold your mail, if your absence is for a long period.
An empty car port can be a give-away, have a friend or neighbour park there if possible.
Turn down the volume on your telephone.
Leave a key with a friend or relative; ask them to check the house regularly and to re-arrange curtains and blinds.
Never have your first name on the letter box or door bell. Use your initials.
If a husband travels extensively, consider installing an intercom or video camera system at the front and rear doors to monitor callers.
Children should be taught not to open the door to strangers and if by themselves they should not indicate they are alone. Same applies with telephone calls.
Keep a list of general and emergency numbers by the telephone.
If dialling "000" state the emergency service you require and give your name and location clearly.
Do not identify yourself when answering the telephone unless you are positive of the identity of the caller.
When using the telephone, never let the caller know you are home alone.