Home security

You can protect your home, car and belongings by taking the precautions listed below.

Protect your home

You should do all of the following to keep your home safe:

  • lock security doors and screens on windows to provide a barrier but still allow air to flow
  • ask for identification of trades and sales people or strangers before opening your door
  • make sure you know the friends and acquaintances of your children or other people who visit your home
  • keep doors locked, even when at home or in the garden, but don’t deadlock yourself inside in case you need to leave in a hurry
  • install smoke alarms and check them regularly
  • keep cash in the home to a minimum
  • consider a dog as a deterrent  
  • display house numbers prominently to make your home easy to find in an emergency.

Don’t leave your car keys or other keys lying around or in obvious places.

Don’t leave keys hidden outside the house. Leave spares with trusted friends or neighbours.

Don’t leave tools outside that could be used to break into your home.

Don't keep a weapon in the home for protection - it could be used against you.

Safety on the phone

You should do all of the following to stay safe when using your phone:

  • use a male voice for answering machines
  • never reveal that you will be going away or that you are not at home
  • never provide your name or address
  • hang up on nuisance callers
  • keep emergency, family and neighbour numbers close to the phone
  • install a phone, or an extension, in your bedroom
  • activate the PIN and security code on your mobile phone.

If you are confronted in your home

You should do all of the following if an intruder enters your home:

  • stay calm
  • comply with the intruder’s instructions
  • leave the house if possible
  • contact police.

Last updated: 19 April 2016