Burglars don't take holidays

13 Dec 2016

With your summer holiday just around the corner now is the best time to check your doors, windows and locks to prevent a break-in and losing your important property. Many burglars who break into houses don’t actually break-in, they enter through unlocked doors and windows. Last year the Insurance Council of NZ reported there were about 3,100 burglary-related claims from private homes and commercial premises in New Zealand over the holiday period. 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 finally, always lock your house, even if you are only going out for a short time.

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