Securing your home against theft: Top ten tips


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 Australians are increasingly worried by the threat of home burglary and the subsequent emotional and financial impact of a break-in. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) estimates that in the twelve months prior to its Crime Victimisation Survey 2009-10, 254,500 households were the victims of at least one break-in to their home, garage or shed and 203,700 households were victims of an attempted break-in.The ABS reported that break-ins were down slightly on the previous year (in NSW and WA) or stable (in the other States). The survey found that in 10 per cent of the break-ins, the burglar was confronted by the householder and property was damaged in almost half (48 per cent) of incidents. Add to these findings US research that suggests that it takes an average of four months to recover from the stress of a break-in and it’s clear there can be more to deal with than just replacing the stolen items.

With a few straightforward steps gleaned from police experience around the country, however, you can help protect your home and belongings from thieves.

1. All locked up

Police suggest many opportunistic thieves take advantage of unlocked homes. Even if you are going out for a short time, lock-up your house and windows. Locksmiths can provide advice on appropriate door and window locks, and key all the windows to a single key.

Also, ask your electricity supplier about locks for your power supply to prevent tampering, and keep your car locked. Police in Bundaberg, Queensland, for instance, have reported a case of a garage door opener stolen from a car, later used to burgle the owner’s property.

2. Don’t provide cover

Deter theives from targeting your house by ensuring a clear line of sight from the street. Cut back trees and bushes that obscure your front door, look into installing movement sensor lights and report broken street lights straight away. Police also suggest making sure your house number is visible for the fastest response if you need to call for help.

3. Upgrade your defences

A high number of victims (60 per cent) in the ABS research cited a door or window had been damaged or tampered with in attempted break-ins, so it pays to invest in strengthening these defences. A solid core door with a deadlock, for example, is harder to force, grills and shutters prevent burglars from breaking in through windows, and a peep hole or lockable security screen can help keep burglars out.

4. Monitor all targets

Garages and garden sheds are often targets for burglars who can then use your tools or ladders to gain access to the main house (police even report wheelie bins used to smash windows). An automatic light, for instance, fitted to the shed or garage can be a useful deterrent, along with keyed locks.

Should You Scrap Your Old Windows?

old windowsAsk yourself the following questions:

Are the windows in my home safe?

Do they protect my home from intruders?

Do they open & close properly?

Are they energy efficient?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then changing the window in your home may be the answer. However it is not necessarily the only option.

At Glass 24/7 we can visit your home or business and give you the best advice.

We can repair old and broken windows or doors, and we can also retro fit fantastic Amplimesh security systems to keep you safe.

As for the best energy efficiency, we have the solutions too. Contact us to arrange a visit to your home from a Glass 24/7 expert.


Double Glazing. Is it worth it?

amplimesh-supascreen-heroIs it worth getting double glazing in Australia? The short answer is yes.

It’s undeniable that double glazed windows and doors improve energy efficiency, but is double glazing worth the extra cost?

Double glazing is basically a window or door that has two panes of glass installed in its frame rather than just one. However, its energy efficiency doesn’t stem from the extra thickness, but from the gap between the panes of glass. The empty space between the panes is what provides insulation from heat and cold.

The importance of insulating glass cannot be over-estimated. According to numerous independent studies, windows are responsible for more heat loss or gain in a building than any other part of the building.

We reckon that by installing good quality double glazing, you could cut your energy bills in half by reducing the need to run extra heating or cooling appliances.

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