PREVALENCE OF CRIME OVERVIEW - Households
There were 7,855,600 households in Australia in April 2005 (latest data from Australian Bureau of Statistics. In the 12 months prior to the survey it was estimated that:
- 259,800 (3.3%) households were victims of at least one break-in to their home, garage or shed
- 205,400 (2.6%) households had at least one attempted break-in
- 427,100 (5.4%) households overall were victims of either a break-in or an attempted break-in
- 74,800 (1.0%) households had at least one motor vehicle stolen.
Here we provide some useful and handy hints to use around your home or workplace, that could prevent you from becoming one of the statistics. They are not meant to be comprehensive security measures for protecting your property, but will help to limit the risk of your home or workplace being broken into.
44% of people identify household break-ins the most often, when asked to identify crime-related problems in the neighborhood.
The best deterrent is being prepared. Make it difficult to get in.
- Make sure all doors and windows are locked.
- Install deadlocks on all doors.
- Change locks or cylinders when you move into a new home.
- Never give keys to a workman, except for your locksmith of course!
- Install key operated window locks.
- Have good exterior lighting.
- Don't leave ladders and tools lying around, or in an unlocked toolshed - padlock it.
- Photograph your paintings, antiques and other valuables.
- Don't let unauthorised people in.
- Make a note of the serial number of all your appliances.
- Have valuables engraved with your driver's license number.
- Don't put identification on a key ring.
- Never leave notes on your door.
- install a door viewer to check unexpected visitors.
An automatic deadlatch is a burglar's nightmare. It's one of the strongest, safest, deadlocks ever made.
Over 50% of thieves enter through windows. Always make sure that your bathroom window is closed or locked. This is the window that people usually don't pay attention to because it is so small, but it's just the perfect opportunity for burglars
If you're out, or away.
- Lock the house, garage and shed.
- Leave outside lights on night
- Arrange curtains and blinds in normal open and closed positions.
- Ask a neighbour or friend to keep an eye on your house.
- Shut your garage door and padlock it.
- Advise your local police if you will be away for any length of time.
- Re-direct mail, and ask a neighbour to clear your letterbox regularly.
- Cancel newspapers, milk, etc.
- hang some washing on the line to give a lived in look.