Home security tips for the summer

The hot summer days and nights are continuing, and police are reminding seniors to be vigilant in securing their homes and vehicles. Queensland Police Inner West Crime Prevention Unit Acting Sergeant Paul Bagnall said taking some key steps could protect you from thieves.

Acting Sgt Bagnall, based at Indooroopilly Station, said it was vital to ensure security screens and doors were locked if windows and doors were left open for ventilation. Locking up and removing keys from internal doors and windows when you are not at home was also essential, he said. Other tips from Acting Sgt Bagnall include:

**  Securing your vehicle at all times. Valuable items should be taken with you or locked in the car glove box or boot out of sight.
**  If you need to leave a door or window open for ventilation, consider installing a security screen.
**  If in a multi-story residence, don’t leave ground floor windows or doors open or unlocked.
**  Keep car and house keys and other valuables out of sight and away from windows and doors.
**  If you’re in the garden, make sure windows and doors at the front of the property are secure.
**  Ensure that any side entrance is secure, locked and not easy to climb over, even when someone is at home.
**  Consider installing a visible security light or alarm to deter criminals.
**  Going on holiday? Make arrangements to make sure the house appears occupied even though you are not there. Put lights on a timer or ask a neighbour to come and pick up mail and draw curtains.

The Inner West Crime Prevention Unit offers free home security audits if you are concerned about your security. For more information or to book an audit phone 3377 9405 or 3377 9421.




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