MONITORED SECURITY SYSTEM

Explore the range – from high tech, fully installed and monitored to the more basic. There are a lot of options out there which are becoming more sophisticated as technology progresses. You can have sensors on doors, windows and motion sensors to detect movement within your home. A good option is to install video cameras inside and outside your home to capture footage. Alerts, images and video footage can be sent straight to your smartphone or tablet so you can immediately see if something’s amiss at home.

LIGHTING

Like owls and vampires, burglars like the darkness, so good lighting in and around your property is important. External lighting around the house will fill in the hidden dark spaces and put burglars off – you can get lights that are activated by motion sensors to flood dark spaces. It is always a good idea to leave a light on inside the house when you are going away – you can also get timers for lights, meaning they can be set to turn on only during the evening.

SECURE RANCH SLIDERS

One of the weakest entry points to your home can be sliding glass doors. A good way to prevent a burglar from forcing a ranchslider open is to put a metal bar along the bottom track of the door. You can do the same with sliding windows.

MEET THE NEIGHBOURS

If you have a good relationship with your neighbours, they can keep an eye on your house when you’re away or at work and of course you can do the same for them. Don’t know The Joneses next door? Try joining www.neighbourly.co.nz to help you get to know your neighbours. Neighbourly offers a crime prevention service for members within its communities. Members are kept informed of any suspicious activity and can also inform each other instantly of any urgent crime or safety updates via SMS.

BE SOCIAL SAVVY

Away on holiday and can’t resist posting a photo? We don’t blame you. However, try to be conscious of who can see your posts, especially if you’re away on a longer trip. You can easily share with the world that you’re not home. An easy way to combat this is to set all your post sharing to ‘private’ or ‘just friends’ rather than ‘public’.

DEADBOLTS

These locks are stronger than spring locks and they will make it more difficult to force entry into your property. Whilst more expensive, it’s important to try to have at least one deadbolt lock on your main door.