How to Protect your Property and Belongings

Jun 30 2022 11:20 AM

Your home should be your sanctuary, a safe haven from the outside world. But in reality, homes are often the target of burglaries, break-ins and other types of crime.

According to the New Zealand Police, there were 216,860 Property crimes in 2021. 7 out of 10 burglaries are residential burglaries, and most burglaries, when time is established, happen in the early afternoon.

There are steps you can take to protect your property and belongings at home. By taking a few simple precautions, you can deter criminals and make your home a less attractive target.

KEEP YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS LOCKED

This may seem like a no-brainer, but many burglaries occur because doors and windows are left unlocked. Make sure all doors and windows are locked, even if you’re just stepping out for a few minutes.

The New Zealand Police recommend:

  • Lock your car and your garage.
  • Keep the doors locked, even when you are at home.
  • Keep your spare key in a safe place. Burglars know all the usual places.
  • Generally, the more expensive the lock, the more effective it will be.
  • Secure your doors, windows, sheds and garages with good quality locks.
  • Install security stays on windows, especially those on ground level.

ALWAYS LOCK YOUR CAR, MOTORBIKE, BICYCLE OR OTHER VEHICLES

A car alarm, steering lock, or good quality chains are extra deterrents too. Ideally keep all vehicles in a garage or out of sight.

INSTALL A SECURITY SYSTEM

A house alarm is one of the best ways to deter criminals and protect your property. A visible house alarm can be a major deterrent, as criminals don’t want to risk being caught.

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USE MOTION-SENSOR LIGHTS

Motion-sensor lights are a great way to deter criminals, as they will be illumined whenever someone approaches your home. This will make it more difficult for criminals to approach your home undetected.

The New Zealand Police note that Sensor lights act as a deterrent.

MAKE SURE YOUR HOUSE ALARM IS MONITORED

Whether you are at your property or away, Chubb HomeWatch or BusinessWatch alarm monitoring will protect the things that are most important to you, your family, your home or business. Your Chubb Security system can help protect and monitor your property in the event of burglary, intrusion, fire and also look after you and your loved ones in emergency situations.

Security for your home or business and house alarm monitoring may also be of benefit to you by reducing your insurance premiums. Your insurer will see your property as being less at risk of a break-in, and you less at risk of making a claim. Check with your insurance provider if this available to you.

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KEEP VALUABLES OUT OF SIGHT

If criminals can see valuables through windows or doors, they’re more likely to target your home. Keep valuables out of sight, or at least in a location where they can’t be seen from outside.

Most burglars are opportunists. Don’t leave your keys, wallet, purse or credit cards in obvious places or near windows.

If it can be seen, it can be a target. Keep receipts, warranties, valuations and serial numbers in a safe place. Take photos or videos of jewellery, art and other precious items.

PROTECT YOUR TOOLS

The New Zealand Police recommend that you do not leave your tools or valuables in your vehicle overnight. Instead, keep them secure and out of sight.

Only buy tools from reputable businesses - if the price sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

  • Engrave: Engrave your tools with your driver’s licence number - that way, if found, they are easier to return to you.
  • Record: Record the serial numbers of your tools and keep the list in a safe place.
  • Secure: Always secure your tools using good, strong locks.
  • Report: Report any suspicious activity to Police.

GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS

One of the best ways to deter crime is to have a good relationship with your neighbors. Get to know them, and let them know you’re looking out for one another. This way, if anything suspicious does happen, you’ll have a network of people to help you out.

Getting to know your neighbours doesn’t mean you have to be best friends with them, but it does mean taking the time to say hello when you see them and getting to know a little bit about them. If you have any concerns about something, don’t hesitate to bring it up with your neighbours. They may have noticed something that you haven’t and together you can keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

One way to get to know your neighbours is to attend neighbourhood watch meetings. These meetings are a great way to meet your neighbours and learn about crime in your area. You can also learn about what to do if you see a crime being committed.

Another way to get to know your neighbours is to simply strike up a conversation with them. If you are out walking your dog, take a moment to talk to your neighbours. Get to know their names and a little bit about them. If they seem like they are busy, don’t be afraid to ask if you can help them with anything.

Tips from the New Zealand Police:

  • Help out your neighbours when they are going away, e.g. by bringing in their mail, mowing their lawn, or parking in their driveway. A “lived in” house is less likely to get burgled.
  • Find ways to connect and bring your neighbours together. Discuss issues affecting your community.
  • Look out for your neighbours and reach out to people who may not have a support network.
  • If you’re concerned about the welfare of someone in your community, don’t hesitate to let Police know.

MAKE YOUR HOME LOOK OCCUPIED

Criminals are less likely to target a home that looks like someone is home. If you’re going to be away from home for an extended period of time, have a friend or neighbor keep an eye on your house.

You can also use timers to turn lights on and off, giving the appearance that someone is home.

KEEP YOUR PROPERTY WELL-MAINTAINED

A well-maintained home is less likely to be targeted by criminals. Keep your lawn trimmed and your home in good repair. This will make it less attractive to criminals and send the message that you’re paying attention to your property.

Keep trees and shrubs near windows trimmed back.

By following these tips, you can protect your property and belongings at home. By taking a few simple precautions, you can deter criminals and make your home a less attractive target.