• Burglers choose homes that offer easy access, escape routes and appear profitable targets. Burglars have a mental map which comes automatically. What they rely on is that most householders leave valuables in predictable places, meaning most homes can be searched using the same methodology. Their search pattern usually involves heading for the main bedroom, then moving to other bed rooms and living rooms, therefore hide personal valuables in unpredictable and proteced places.
• For identification and insurance purposes it is vital that you catalogue your personal property, record serial numbers, note identifying features, take video or photographs and retain receipts. This informatrion will become crucial when reclaiming stolen property or making an insurance claim (Keep a copy of the information off site).
• Burglar Alarm Systems are an effective crime prevention tool that should only be installed by technicians from reputable security companies. Companies and people installing, repairing and monitoring burglar alarm systems should have a current Security Guard's Licence issued by the Department for Courts pursuant to the Private Investigator and Security Guards Act 1974.
Your burglar alarm system should incorporate internal and external sirens, PIR sensors, smoke detectors, glass break sensors, remote panic button and if possible be monitored. The alarm system will eventually need servicing, another good reason to choose a reputable company.
• If you have chosen to have your alarm monitored make sure your residential telephone line is secure. Residential telephone lines are extremely vulnerable to attack, you may wish to consider having a wireless backup system.
• When leaving your car unattended remove visible items such as radar detectors, laptop computers etc and hide them in the boot from view. Radar detectors are currently a targeted item!
• At home try not to display expensive items in plain view through windows.
• Install quality locks on all external doors including ranch sliders. For added security all external doors should be solid core.
• Fit locking devices to windows especially on the ground floor.
• Fit quality locks on external doors and windows.
• Install quality external security lights and out door sensors at a height they can not be tampered with.
• If you must put up a 6’ fence make sure it is of the design were by you could see what lurks behind it. Chain link fencing although not aesthetically pleasing to the eye will deter trespassers, keep the dog and children in and you will be able to see what is on the other side.
• Lock away tools and gardening utensils
• Garage your vehicles securely overnight, if you leave them in the driveway remove valuables and lock the vehicle.
• When going on holiday fit an electrical timer to switch on internal lights televisions, radios etc to give the impression people are home.
• Whilst away on vacation leave a vehicle parked in the driveway in front of the garage, or ask a neighbour to park their motor vehicle there at night.
• Ask a neighbour to empty the mail box regularly and to generally tidy up around the property whilst your away. You can repay them by doing the same when they are on holiday.
• DETER, DETECT, DELAY and DENY. Deter would be burglars from entering your property, detect them early if they do, delay their actions and deny them your property!
• When home alone do not open your door to strangers, install a peephole for viewing visitors. Security chains give a false sense on security and are easily breached.
• Don't let strangers in to "use your telephone."
• Verify the identification and validation of tradespeople
• Add Police Emergency - 111 in to you home telephone (speed dial)
• If your house has an alarm familiarize your self with the location of the panic button(s).
• Leave more than one room light on and drapes closed at night.
• Leave outside lights on.
• Keep all windows closed and external doors locked, even 1st floor windows are vulnerable to penetration by offenders.
• Give the impression that there is more than one-person home, leave an office or bedroom light on.
• If you have a dog keep it inside with you, dogs are a great early warning system.
• Know your neighbours and keep their telephone number handy (Speed dial).
• Don't hide a key (leave one with a trusted neighbour).
• Have an escape route or a secure place to hide.
• Be suspicious of people loitering around your property if you suspect that a prowler may be outside call the Police immediately.
• Try not to display expensive equipment or items in plain view through your windows.
• Never use your name or telephone number on your answering machine message. Use a generic message that does not state that your are not home “Hi we can’t come to the phone right now?.”
• Install caller ID on your telephone, if a number is blocked or unfamiliar do not answer the call, record the number if possible and have one of your parents return the call.
• Don't answer personal questions on telephone surveys.
AWARENESS - Beware of your surroundings
ANTICIPATION - Anticipate potential trouble
AVOIDANCE - Avoid trouble where possible
• COMMUNICATION – Inform people (family, friends, teacher etc) where you’ll be, at what time and with whom, and stick to it! Don’t get a reputation for always being late or never showing up.
• If possible always travel with a friend or in small groups.
• DO NOT HITCHHIKE.
• Avoid jogging or walking alone, alternate your route frequently and don't wear headphones, be aware of your surroundings.
• If walking alone move briskly and confidently, don’t dawdle or look uncertain, avoid parks, reserves, industrial lots, waste ground and their boundaries.
• Walk facing on coming traffic, vehicles approaching from behind will be on the opposite side of the road and will find it difficult to catch you unaware.
• Never stop to talk to strangers, If questioned answer on the move, respond politely with confidence and maintain a brisk walking pace. DO NOT ENTER INTO CONVERSATION and KEEP MOVING.
• Be aware when using ATM machines, especially at night. If you see suspicious people hanging around the ATM machine, sitting nearby in vehicles or if you have any doubts, fears or concerns for your safety do not approach the machine.
• If you must use an ATM machine shield your personal identification number (PIN) and don't count your money or leave your purse exposed.
• When driving keep the vehicle’s doors locked at all times (day & night).
• Always park your car in a well-lit and busy area.
• When walking to your vehicle (or building) have the door key or access card in your hand ready to enter quickly (saves fumbling in your bag).
• Don't put your name and address on your key ring, as this will notify the thief were you live and give them instant access.
• When having a car parked or serviced leave only the ignition key, take all others with you.
• When travelling on buses sit at the front of the bus near the driver.
• When travelling by train try and sit near a group of adults, if you are feeling threatened approach the guard or drivers apartment and voice your concerns.
• Do not loiter in bus or railway stations.
• Add the following entries in to you mobile phone (speed dial):
Police Emergency - 111
Police Traffic - *555
• REMEMBER - If it doesn’t feel right don’t do it! (Intuition/Common sense).
• Do not put others or yourself at risk.