Thieves are generally opportunistic and will steal items if they see a chance. In many cases, if the opportunity is removed the theft can be prevented.
- Introduce yourself.
- Exchange phone numbers.
- Look after their home while they’re away e.g. collecting mail.
- Check on elderly/vulnerable.
- Organise coffee/BBQ/picnic for street.
- Welcome new neighbours.
Home safety from burglars
- Lock all the doors and windows.
- Keep fly screens locked.
- Never leave a spare key outside.
- Cut back shrubbery around the house to have a clear view outside.
- Keep your house number clearly visible.
- Make sure your house is well lit at night.
- Lock all sheds, garages and side gates.
- Put away tools, ladders and equipment that could be used to break in.
- Keep your letter and metre box locked.
- Install and use a house alarm.
- Have a screen door and peep hole in the front door.
- Maintain a “lived in look” for your house.
Home safety prior to winter/storms/emergency
- Secure loose objects.
- Keep tree branches trimmed clear of house/powerlines.
- Create an emergency kit – battery powered torch etc.
- Have an emergency plan and practice it with family.
- Ensure everyone in your household is prepared.
- Discuss possible scenarios and responses with your household.
- Close and lock all windows and doors.
- Remove valuables – GPS and cradle, Mobile phones, iPods, laptops, CDs, money, sunglasses, bags etc.
- Do not place items in your boot, console, or under your front seat – you never know who is watching. If it is valuable, take it with you.
- Remove the suction mark left by your GPS cradle on the windscreen. Thieves will often break into a vehicle looking for a GPS unit hidden in your vehicle.
- Do not leave loose change within view; thieves will do hundreds of dollars damage to steal small amounts of money.
- Power cables from cigarette lighter sockets are signs of a valuable item probably hidden in the vehicle. Remove these from view.
- If your car stereo has a detachable face, always take it with you.
- Never hide a second set of keys anywhere on your car: thieves know where to look.
- Always let someone know where you are going and when you will be back.
- Travel with a friend/group.
- Avoid taking a shortcut through deserted areas.
- Plan ahead – time to park/travel.
- Park/travel through well lit areas.
- Keep valuables out of sight.
- Be observant.
- Stop mail/newspaper delivery.
- Make your house look lived in by turning lights on/off and moving your car in/out.
- If your garden is usually well maintained, arrange for it to be watered/mowed in your absence.
- Lock all doors and windows when you leave.
- Don’t make announcements of your plans on social media.
- Install and use a security system.
- Have someone come and look after your house/pet.
- Give your neighbour or friend your contact address and telephone number.
- Ensure gates in the perimeter fence are able to be secured.
- Identify potential hiding spots.
- Secure bins in or away from buildings to stop them being used as a climbing aid and to discourage arson.
- Fit each door with at least one good quality lock to restrict access.
- Install security lighting outside your premises. E.g. floodlights, sensor activated lighting.
- Install and use a security alarm.
- Install and use CCTV equipment.
- The Office of Crime Prevention (OCP) have developed a Business Security audit to assist in assessing the security of businesses. The City is assisting OCP in distributing this resource which is available in hard copy upon request or online.
- Ensure your house number is clearly visible from the street.
- Have security screens on doors and windows.
- Keep entrances to your house well lit.
- Keep a phone extension in the bedroom with emergency numbers.
- Make sure that handbags or wallets are not left in sight on bench tops etc.
- Avoid opening the door to anyone you don’t know.
- Plan walking routes to include footpaths, quieter roads, controlled crossing points and pedestrian access ways.
- Varying your routine helps to prevent theft. Try not to do your banking at the same time on the same day each week or fortnight.
Designing out crime
- Keep shrubs and landscaping surrounding your property trimmed to allow unobstructed views.
- Secure bins in a way to prevent them being used as climbing aids.
- Ensure all lights surrounding your property are in good working order.
- Install security measures on gates sufficient to prevent forced entry.
- Display Neighbourhood Watch signage.
- Display signage indicating you have an alarm.
- Visit the Crime Prevention website for more hints about Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).
- Coatings – apply a plastic film over the outside of windows, this film can be removed if damaged and fresh film applied (see “coatings” in the Yellow Pages).
- Practice Neighbourhood Watch – Neighbourhood Watch is a community-based programme aimed at reducing the incidence of preventable crime. See the website for more information.
- Landscape – prickly plants (e.g. roses, bougainvillea, hakea and grevillea) can form effective barriers outside ground floor windows and balconies.
- Lighting and surveillance – increase lighting of high-risk areas using sensor lights and vandal-proof permanent lighting.
- WA Police – report graffit to Police (131 444) and contact the City for assistance and advice with clean-up.
- Goodbye Graffiti– the Goodbye Graffiti website is dedicated to graffiti vandalism management within Western Australia and is managed by the Office of Crime Prevention – Goodbye Graffiti hotline 1800 44 22 55.