Ensure all windows are fitted with adequate burglar bars and all security gates fitted with good strong locks.
- Make sure that all duplicate keys, that are not in use, are locked away.
- Be sure to lock the garage and garden shed when not in use – do not tempt would-be intruders to find a weapon there.
- Ensure that your gate and driveway area are well lit after dark.
- If you have an intercom, be sure your visitors can reach it from inside their car as not to increase their risk of getting out of the car.
- Ensure that your house number is clearly visible.
WHEN AT HOME:
- Do not leave your curtains open at night as this allows people to see the valuables in your house.
- Always lock perimeter gates and close windows that are away from where the family are.
- Never admit to a stranger that you are alone at home!
- Do not go alone outside at night to investigate.
WHEN AWAY FROM HOME:
- Leave an impression that the house is occupied.
- Do not leave a note on the door indicating that you are away.
- Do not leave hidden keys.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE CONFRONTED BY AN INTRUDER:
- Be observant and take particular notice of any voice, dress, scar or a funny walk or behaviour.
- If possible, try to escape.
- If you cannot escape, try to get to a secure room and lock the door.
- Remain calm at all times.
- If the intruder tries to leave, do not try to stop him.- Do not follow the intruder outside. Close and lock the doors immediately and call for help.
ADDITIONAL PERSONAL SAFETY TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS:
- Inform only trustworthy neighbours of your holiday plans and ask them to keep an eye on your property.
- Stop your newspaper deliveries and ask a trusty neighbour to empty your postbox.
- If you are hiring a house sitter, be sure to teach them how to use your alarm correctly.
- Having good security gates in front of your doors, burglar bars, fencing and sturdy gates, electric fence and outdoor beams are all good deterrents.
WHEN YOU STAY IN A TOWNHOUSE:
- Always confirm who you are letting in.
- Residents must not give security codes to ‘friends’.
- If the intercom are broken, and visitors are expected, do not put a brick to keep the gate open – fix the intercom!
- Be sure to wait for the gate to close and see that no one else sneaks in with you on foot through the open gate while you wait for it to close