ACT Policing and CrimeStoppers are reminding the community to think about their home security ahead of the summer season.
Burglaries are often opportunistic crimes, with most intruders looking for, and often finding houses left open or unlocked. This allows them to get what they can and make a quick getaway.
Officer in Charge of Belconnen Police Station, Station Sergeant Chris Meagher said being familiar with home safety measures can significantly reduce the risk of burglaries.
“Simple measures can often deter intruders,” Station Sergeant Chris Meagher said.
“Ensure that all doors and windows are securely locked during the summer months, unless there are adequate security screens in place. If possible, install visible security systems which cover all external doors and windows as this can be an effective deterrent for intruders and thieves.”
ACT Region Crime Stoppers Chair, Diana Forrester said residents should ensure they take precautionary measures.
“It’s important for Canberrans to take the necessary steps required to protect their home from break-ins this summer,” said ACT Region Crime Stoppers Chair, Diana Forrester.
“We encourage you to look out for suspicious or unusual activity and to report any suspicious activity to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at act.crimestoppers.com.au. Your information can be provided anonymously.”
If you arrive home and suspect an intruder is inside, don’t enter your home. Go to a safe place and call police, ensuring you keep out of sight and are a safe distance from your home.
More home security tips can be found on ACT Policing’s website.