Crime is an unfortunate part of life in New Zealand and no one wants to be a target. There are a number of ways you can assess your home environment and neighbourhood and make some improvements to minimise the risks of your area becoming a target.
One of the quickest ways to reduce your chances of being a target for crime is to either strengthen your defences or remove from sight objects that are frequently targeted. For example, placing your car in a locked garage overnight is a safer option than leaving it out in the driveway or street. If you don’t have a secure garage, try to park within view of your home or near street lights. You can make your vehicle more secure by fitting a steering wheel lock. Remove temptation by taking out your car stereo if possible and not leaving valuables in your car overnight.
Adding extra lighting to the exterior of your home, especially motion sensors, can be an excellent deterrent for intruders. Providing lighting for garden paths and alleys down the side of your home will all help to discourage intruders. Having low fences will lessen your privacy but also provide less hiding places for potential burglars.
To improve the security of your home it is a good idea to fit good quality window and door locks. Just make sure the locks are installed professionally and don’t reduce your chances of escaping your home in a fire emergency. Shutters are good for businesses or homes with shop fronts. An alarm system is also a good idea, ideally one linked up to a security company.
Removing objects from around your home that could be used to gain access to windows is a such as wheelie bins is a good thing to do. Putting away your gardening equipment and children’s bikes and scooters in a secure garage or shed will minimise the chance of them tempting thieves.
Once you have worked on securing your own home and property it is time to work on building a stronger neighbourhood. Join or set up a neighbourhood watch scheme and get to know your neighbours so it will be easier to spot those characters who are not regulars. Would you know if someone was entering your neighbours property? Would you recognise an intruder or just think they were the new tenants?
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to go away for the weekend knowing that someone in your neighbourhood was watching over your property and may even empty the letterbox for you or bring the empty rubbish bin in so you don’t signal to burglars that you are away!
For home security options and advice from Auckland locksmiths, contact LockSmart. For details of their Auckland-wide emergency locksmith services visit their website www.locksmart.co.nz. Should you need an automotive locksmith in Auckland they can assist with your car as well. Whether you are locked out or need advice on improving your home’s security, the team at LockSmart are waiting for your call.