Home security

Lock and key

  • It’s the most basic security tip, but often overlooked – lock up. Secure your car, garage, shed, windows and doors.
  • Ensure your external doors are of solid core construction.
  • Fit doors with a deadlock or deadbolt, but leave the key in the door to allow for emergency escape during a fire.
  • Use a secondary blocking device on all sliding doors.
  • Fit windows with key operated locks or security grills. Get your locks keyed alike so that one key opens all doors or windows.
  • Don’t leave keys hidden outside the house. Leave a set with a trusted friend or family member.
  • Don’t hand over the keys to your house or car by labelling them with personal details.

External factors

  • Remove items from outside and around the premises that may be used as makeshift ladders.
  • Secure your shed and tools that may be used to force entry.
  • Motion sensor lighting keep can help deter criminals and alert you to their presence.
  • Have internal lights set on a timer so they come on in the evening before you are home or when you are away for an extended period.
  • If you’re going away, make your house look lived in. Put your mail on hold or have it collected and, if you’re taking the car, have a neighbour park in your driveway.

One man’s trash …

  • Keep valuables out of sight, including their packaging – place this at the bottom of your bin.
  • Shred papers to protect yourself against identity theft.

Internal factors

  • Never leave a holiday message advising callers you’ll be away from home.
  • Don’t advertise you’re away on social media; be mindful of the images you share, check privacy settings and disable location services. 
  • For smaller items of property, have them engraved or marked for personal identification so they are harder for thieves to sell.
  • Don’t leave personal information in your car. If stolen, it leaves you open to other criminal activities.
  • Don’t leave shopping in your car and keep valuables out of sight to reduce the risk of theft.
  • Ensure you see the credentials of any tradespeople you are allowing entry to your home.


  • Keep your power box locked with quality keyed locks at all times. Consult your power company on the most appropriate way to secure your power box. 
  • Get your security alarm system monitored by a back to base monitoring centre certified in accordance with the Australian Standard by ASIAL.  
  • Ensure your alarm is maintained in good working order by a licenced security professional and ASIAL member.


  • Get a licenced security professional to review your security and provide you with some options.
  • Always use a licensed security professional and make sure they are an ASIAL member, bound by a code of professional conduct.
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