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    GUIDE FROM NZ POLICE

    How to protect your home

    • Always lock up. Burglars often enter through unlocked doors and windows or they take advantage of weak locks.
    • Install good quality locks and use them. Check that you will be able to escape easily in a fire or other emergency.
    • Use a reputable locksmith.
    • Lock the front door if you’re in the back garden.
    • Lock your house if you are having a rest or doing something that needs a lot of concentration, such as studying or sewing.
    • Lock away tools and ladders because burglars could use them to break in.
    • Lock garden sheds and your garage if you can.
    • Sensor lights are an excellent security device because they light up automatically if somebody moves nearby.
    • Keep trees and shrubs trimmed so they don’t provide hiding places for burglars.
    • Keep windows secure.
    • Guard your keys. Don’t have personal details on your keys (such as your name, phone number or address). Don’t leave house keys with your car keys when your car is being serviced.
    • Don’t invite burglars in – never leave notes on a door stating that you are out.
    • When you go away, make sure your home looks ‘lived in’.

    Home security checklists

    Before you go out:

    • all doors locked
    • garage locked
    • all windows shut securely
    • tools and ladders put away securely
    • spare keys with neighbor (not ‘hidden’)
    • doors clear (no notes on them).

    Before you go away:

    • tell your neighbor when and where you’re going
    • cancel mail, paper etc
    • give your neighbor a contact phone number
    • put a lamp on a timer
    • curtains open, blinds up
    • turn telephone ringer sound down
    • lock all doors, close all windows.

    Ask your neighbor to:

    • clear your letterbox
    • close your curtains at night
    • use your clothesline occasionally
    • watch your home
    • use your driveway occasionally
    • report any suspicious behavior.

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