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How to boost your home security and make it a turn-off for thieves

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After months spent working at home in isolation, security experts fear lockdown has made residents complacent and given people a false sense of household security.

After months spent working at home in isolation, security experts fear lockdown has made residents complacent and given people a false sense of household security.

But there are ways to boost your home security and make your house a turn-off for potential thieves.

Queensland police say break-ins are down, despite a handful of would-be thieves caught on camera scoping out properties.

"More people are spending time at home which ... gives you another layer of security," Queensland Police Senior Constable Brendon Winslow said.

During lockdown break-ins across Queensland dropped about 48 per cent in comparison to February (which saw 4672 break-ins), to about 2800 in April and 2400 in May.

Police fear the numbers will return to normal levels as restrictions ease.

"I certainly expect that it's going to increase back to where it was," Constable Winslow said.

But Troy Claydon of Panoptic Solutions, a global security firm, says it doesn't take much to secure your home and deter thieves.

Mr Claydon says opportunistic robbers only need to encounter one obstacle before they give up and move on.

"If they turn up to your house and there's a fence around it, there's CCTV, you may have a dog they're not going to go for that house," he said.

"They're going to go for potentially the next door neighbour or the house down the road that has none of those things."

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Mr Claydon said ensuring doors and windows are locked is the first line of defence.

"We see a lot more breaks where people open the door and walk in and steal stuff," he said.

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The type of locks on your security screens can make a big difference, Mr Claydon said.

"What you want to be looking for is those that have got a triple locking mechanism," he said.

Mr Claydon also suggests assessing your yard to see where burglars could hide - like in garden hedges.

"They can utilise that as cover, to break into the house," he said.

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For added peace of mind, home CCTV cameras are more affordable than ever - you can monitor them from your mobile phone, even talk to strangers at your door.

A web search on Bunnings shows cameras starting at $69 and ranging into the hundreds of dollars for home bundles and cameras with HD recording or additional smart features.

But the most sensible approach, Mr Claydon says, is "locking your home, your windows, your car".

"At the end of the day, your house doesn't have to be Fort Knox," he said.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/home-security-tips-on-how-to-protect-your-home-from-thieves-after-covid-lockdown/a60b69eb-892b-4174-a9ce-a32ad18891b3

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