Home Security

Install an alarm or CCTV system

An alarm system and/or CCTV system will add a valuable layer of defence to your home and help protect your family and belongings. Installing security warning stickers around your home will also act as a deterrent to any potential burglar.

Lock-up

Opportunistic thieves take advantage of unlocked homes. Always lock your home, including your windows, even if you are going out for a short time. Ensure that your garage door is closed and secured at all times, even when empty. Wise Group Security locksmiths can provide guidance in relation to appropriate door and window locks.

New house, new locks

Change all the locks and tumblers when you move into a new house. If you lose your keys, change the locks immediately.

Make your house appear occupied

Your house should appear occupied at all times. Use timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you're not at home. If you are on holidays, ask friends to collect your mail and to stop junk mail from building up in your letterbox while you're away. Other measures could include organising for someone to mow your lawn.

Remove cover Maintain a clear line of sight from the street.

Cut back trees and bushes that obscure your front door or house number, and install movement sensor lights.

Light up your home

If the entrances to your home are dark, install lighting with an infrared detector. This can act as a deterrent, as most thieves do not want to be observed attempting to break in.

Improve your defences

Strengthen possible criminal entry points, such as doors and windows, by installing solid core external doors, deadlocks, grilles and shutters, peep holes, security screens and an intercom or CCTV system. Install a peephole in the door separating the house from the garage.

Know who you are leaving unattended in your home

Make sure all cleaning and maintenance personnel are honest and reputable. Check all references thoroughly.

Protect your keys

Never hide keys around the house, and be aware that lending your keys to tradespeople and acquaintances can pose a risk if lost or stolen. Keys are easily copied and can provide criminals with convenient and effective access to your home.

Store valuables in a safe

The installation of a safe in your home is a relatively cost effective way of preventing the loss of money and jewellery in the event of a burglary. Ensure that the safe is secured to the premises to prevent criminals from removing the entire safe and its contents.

Don’t allow strangers into your home

If someone comes to your door requesting to use the phone to call a mechanic or the police, keep the door locked and make the call yourself. If a sales person requests entry to your home, ask that their ID credentials be pushed under the door. If unsure, check with the person's office before letting them in.

Get to know your neighbours

Good neighbours can report suspicious activity at your home and help when you are away. Talk to your neighbours about any suspicious people or strange cars you notice.

Home Fire Safety

Check out the home fire safety resources and home fire safety audit contained on the Fire & Rescue NSW Home Fire Safety page here.