Battling Break-Ins: How to Protect Yourself From Burglary


Keeping your home, your belongings and your family safe is at the top of every homeowner’s list of priorities. It’s important to take whatever steps you can to ensure burglars can’t gain access to your home easily and that you do what you can to deter them from attempting a crime in the first place.

Most burglaries in Australia are opportunistic and take place at 5pm on a Friday when there’s a greater likelihood of nobody being home. If you feel your home is at risk of break-in, then take some simple precautions to make sure a burglar looks at your home and thinks twice about trying to gain access. There are many different things you can do so that you don’t become another statistic and they don’t have to cost the earth.

Keep reading to find some steps you can take to protect your home from burglary and make it a safer place for you and your family.


Install Security Screens

Contrary to what you might think, one of the most common points of entry for burglars is the front door. Although you might think that your home is secure, experienced thieves know where to look for your ‘emergency key’. On the other hand, if they know you’re not home, they force their way in by kicking in your door.

Security screens are one of the top deterrents against burglars gaining access to your home through the front, or back, door. They are installed permanently to your door frame, making it much more difficult for someone to force their way through your door and gain access to your home.


Get an Alarm System

An alarm system is a great way to protect yourself from burglary. As soon as the burglar breaks a window, opens a door or triggers a motion sensor, the alarm will sound alerting everyone within earshot what is happening. With many alarm systems now coming with monitored options, the authorities or a security company can be called immediately to investigate by the system.


Consider Security Lights

Burglars like to keep a low profile and usually attempt to gain access to your home undetected. They may come over the fence or through from a neighbours yard to avoid being seen accessing your house by neighbours on your street. Security lights can be a great way to highlight the fact that someone is in your garden or around your home. Once triggered by the burglars presence the light will automatically come on, bringing attention to their presence on your property. This will usually be enough to get them to move on.


Beware of the Dog

A dog barking in the back garden is usually enough to stop any burglar trying to gain access to a home. They don’t want to mess around with whatever could be waiting for them over the wall and will usually just move onto the next potential target rather than risk taking on your pup.

If you’re not a fan of dogs, you should consider putting up a ‘Beware of the Dog’ sign anyway. Burglars say that just the sign alone is enough to put them off from trying to burgle a house and will often keep them away from the house next door too!


Don’t Display Your Valuables

Keeping easy-to-snatch items like tablets, mobile phones, laptops and jewellery in easy view of passersby is an invitation to would-be burglars to come into your home. Make sure you keep valuable items out of sight and don’t give thieves a reason to come into your house. If there’s no stash on display, they might move onto another house where they’re guaranteed to find something worth taking.


Keep your Home Safe

Keeping your home safe from burglary doesn’t have to be a huge task. With some simple common-sense steps, you can easily keep thieves out and ensure that you, your valuables and your family are safe inside.

Installing security screens, an alarm or security lights can be great long-lasting ways of keeping thieves out of your home and they can increase the value of your property too. Taking simple steps like keeping your valuables out of sight or getting a dog can be other useful deterrents in keeping intruders out. Take simple steps to keep your home safe today and avoid burglars coming into your home in the future.




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