Check out these affordable home security options that may help you save on insurance costs.
There is no shortage of alarms to choose from that can enhance your home’s security – but it’s not always necessary to spend a fortune to help keep your home safe from burglars.
Even some low cost security options and simple solutions around the home can provide additional protection, and you may also benefit from reduced premiums on home and contents insurance.
Why home security matters
According to the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), household burglary is one of the most widespread crimes in Australia – with 335,700 break-ins recorded in one year alone. Worryingly, more than one in three Australians say they fear a home break-in. The statistics aren’t great but the thing is, there is plenty we can each do to protect our homes.
Lock doors and windows
RACWA recommend basic steps like locking the doors and windows, even when you’re home. If you don’t have window locks they are definitely worth installing, and they will almost certainly see you save on insurance costs. Remember to lock up every time you leave the home – there is no point having locks on doors and windows if they aren’t used.
Trim shrubs and trees
Next, head into the garden with a saw and secateurs and prune back trees and shrubs that could provide hiding spots for burglars. Installing sensor lighting along pathways and in doorways is another low cost deterrent for would-be burglars.
Consider security screens
Security screens on doors and windows act as a powerful deterrent for burglars looking for a quick entry and exit point. They are relatively cheap to install and are much less intrusive than window bars.
Get a pooch
This may not be for everyone but it turns out the family pooch could be one of the best home security measures of all. A study by the AIC found the most common deterrent to from home break-ins – cited by 61.4% of convicted burglars, is the presence of a dog.
The same AIC study found that burglars favour items of value that can easily be disposed of like laptops, iPads, mobile phones, wallets, purses and jewellery. Cash hidden in the freezer or jewellery stashed in bedroom top drawers are all seen as easy targets by thieves. The solution is to make your valuables hard to find. The average burglar spends under five minutes inside a property and leaving items on display just makes their ‘job’ easier. The bottom line is to keep your home secure, don’t leave items of value lying out in the open.
Take action now and get your home and contents insurance sorted… just in case.
Heading away for the holidays? Check out these tips to secure your home while you’re away.
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