Designing Crime Out Of Your House “Bonus Infographic & Checklist”

This check­list has been developed as a guide for assess­ing house’s res­ist­ance to crime. Answer­ing “No” to a ques­tion indic­ates areas where you could take action to improve the secur­ity of your house.

House num­ber

It is import­ant that your prop­erty num­ber is vis­ible from the street to help emer­gency ser­vices find the house.

1

Fences and gates

Fences can be used to define your prop­erty bound­ary and limit access into your prop­erty. Front fences and gates should be open and see through to increase the vis­ib­il­ity into your yard, this helps to quickly identify any intruders in your property.

2

Land­scap­ing

Trees and other land­scap­ing should be main­tained to increase vis­ib­il­ity into your yard and reduce hid­ing places. Tree branches should be trimmed to pre­vent intruders access­ing upper story win­dows, bal­conies or skylights.

3

Light­ing

Sensor light­ing should be installed around the peri­meter of your home, primar­ily cov­er­ing the entry and exit points to increase vis­ib­il­ity at night. A good idea is to use light timers to turn lights on and off when you’re not at home. You could also con­sider timers for tv’s and radios to give the appear­ance some­body is home.

4

Let­ter­box and powerboard

Your let­ter­box should be fit­ted with a suit­able lock to limit access to your mail. Import­ant doc­u­ments pos­ted to you (e.g. credit card and bank state­ments) may be stolen by an iden­tity thief and used fraud­u­lently. The switch­board (power­board) should also be con­tained within an appro­pri­ate lock­able cab­inet to restrict tam­per­ing with your power sup­ply and fuses. Con­tact your energy sup­plier to talk about best locks and other costs, as they man not be able to get in a take readings.

5

Win­dows

External win­dows and frames should be of a solid struc­ture. All win­dows should be fit­ted with qual­ity key-operated locks, that meet Aus­tralian stand­ards (AS4145.1, AS4145.2–2008) and locked when not not used. Exist­ing glass can be lam­in­ated or rein­forced intern­ally with a shatter-resistant adhes­ive film to restrict access.

6

Doors

External doors and frames should be of a solid con­struc­tion, and installed with only the best dead­locks that meet Aus­tralian stand­ards (AS4145.1, AS4145.2–2008). Fire reg­u­la­tions must also be met to enable occu­pants to escape dur­ing emer­gen­cies such as fires.

Con­sider the pur­chase of a secur­ity screen door and ensure it meets Aus­tralian stand­ards (AS5039-2008). Get­ting a pee­p­h­ole insalled will help you identify intruders at the door before open­ing it. If you don’t have secur­ity screen doors ensure you always latch a door chain before open­ing it. Also, con­sider fit­ting patio secur­ity bolts on slid­ing doors for added peace of mind.

7

Gar­age and garden shed

The gar­age and garden shed door and win­dows should be securely locked to stop access. Any doors con­nect­ing a car gar­age to your prop­erty should be treated as an external door. The garden shed should be well anchored to the ground to pre­vent lift­ing. Tools, equip­ment, bins and lawn mowers should be locked away when not in use, so they are not used to gain entry to your home. Don’t store expens­ive items in your car and keep it locked when you are not using it, even when parked in a locked garage.

8

Prop­erty identification

Record descriptions/model/serial num­bers and pho­tos of the prop­erty for easy I.D. Ensure these records are secured safely. Mark/engrave your items with a trace­able num­ber (e.g. your drivers license num­ber works well) for iden­ti­fic­a­tion. Your local Library,NSW Police Sta­tion or Neigh­bour­hood Watch may have an engraver and/or ultra-violet pen you can book in to use.

9

Safe, key and valu­able controls

Con­sider fit­ting a safe for added secur­ity for your valu­able items. I recom­mend you get a fire­proof safe. The safe should be made and installed to
the Aus­tralian stand­ard (AS 3809:1998). The safe should be hid­den, securely anchored
to the found­a­tions and kept locked at all times.
Keys (this includes vehicle keys) should not be left in locks or in plainly vis­ible, as rob­bers may use them to gain easy entry
to your prop­erty and/or steal your car. Spare keys should not be con­cealed out­side the prop­erty as many break ins hap­pen this way.
Limit the amount of cash you kept lying around the home, as this is often not covered by your insur­ance. Also secure jew­ellery and
do not keep other valu­able items in clearly visible.

10

Intruder alarm systems

burg­lar alarm sys­tems should be made and installed to the Aus­tralian stand­ard (AS 2201.5:2008). Research has shown that monitored/back-to-base burg­lar alarm sys­tems are more effi­cient as they alert your secur­ity com­pany of intru­sions, res­ult­ing in a faster response. The sys­tem should be made to provide the greatest cov­er­age of the prop­erty and gar­age. Remem­ber to reg­u­larly inspect the bat­tery and test the burg­lar alarm.

11

Fur­ther information

For fur­ther inform­a­tion on prop­erty secur­ity go to crime prevention.

 

Design Crime out of your Home!

About 

Jhai is an award win­ning Inter­net Mar­ket­ing Real Estate Agent for Eld­ers Toongab­bie and Kings Langley. After run­ning his own inter­net mar­ket­ing busi­ness he has now set his own sites for the real estate industry. He observed that 90% of real estate agents did not know how to mar­ket them­selves online. Jhai is now fixed on one goal. To teach real estate agents that they can mar­ket online so much bet­ter than they cur­rently are.

Since then he has been con­sist­ently quoted in the Sydney Morn­ing Her­ald and Real Estate Busi­ness online. He is a reg­u­lar guest blog­ger on TheHomePage.com.au, shar­ing his expert­ise of mar­ket­ing aspects for the Real Estate Industry. His biggest pas­sions are his wife, mar­tial arts, dogs and most of all property.

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