With the summer holiday’s fast approaching it is an excellent time to check your doors, windows and locks and look at ways to prevent an insurance claim. Many burglars who break into houses don’t actually break in – they enter through unlocked doors and windows. The Insurance Council of NZ reported that this year there were about 3,100 burglary-related claims from private homes and commercial premises.
Here are some useful tips for Preventing Break-Ins and Burglaries:
- Don’t advertise that you are away, it’s a good idea to have lights come on at night on a timer.
- Ask a neighbour or friend to regularly clear your mail box.
- Install deadbolts on all exterior doors, including the internal door to the garage.
- Ensure the windows and sliding doors have the correct locks fitted.
- Keep the outside of your house well-lit to help reduce the risk of a break-in. Sensor lights are a good idea in this instance.
- Ensure that all sheds and outbuildings are locked.
- Keep your trees and shrubbery trimmed. An overgrown garden gives burglars more privacy.
- If you have given a set of keys to people previously, i.e. tenants, change the locks.
- Avoid hiding a key outside, instead leave a spare with a friend or trusted neighbour.
And LASTLY, ALWAYS lock your house, even if you are only going out for a short time.