Making a few simple changes can help occupants avoid becoming another crime statistic. And that begins with the most elementary of security practices – locking up.
The best place to start when it comes to improving home security is by upgrading locks. As the ABS reported, 47% of households that experienced an attempted break-in reported damage to or tampering with doors or windows.
A basic deadlock can cost as little as $30 and take just 10 minutes to replace. Deadlocks or deadbolts are a security essential as their flat design means they cannot be gripped or levered open. When selecting a lock, it’s important to consider the product’s design, features and testing standards.
Endeavour to get the fundamentals of home security planning right and always start with quality locks. Ensuring all outside doors and windows are fitted with working locks makes a significant difference to the security of your home. It’s a critical element that should never be overlooked:
- Fit external doors with deadlocks or deadbolts (but leave the key in the door to allow for escape in an emergency, such as a fire).
- Install key-operated locks (and consider security grills) on windows.
- Don’t forget to secure gates, garages, sheds, and even the mail box too.
Of course, not only is installation important, but so is upkeep.
Lane recommends that all locks are replaced every 10 years and that regular maintenance is undertaken to keep them in good working order.
When carrying out checks, you should inspect for:
- Corrosion or rust (especially around the lock cylinders).
- Excessive play or movement in the levers or knobs/handles.
- Sticky latches.
- Jamming keys.
- Clicking or interruptions in the operation of the lock.
And in the event that keys are lost, it’s best practice to change the locks altogether.
Naturally, both owner-occupiers and renters are equally concerned about home security. However, there’s confusion for the latter when it comes to what’s actually permitted to do to a rental property. In most cases, it’s the landlord’s responsibility to keep the premise secure. If locks are faulty, tenants should contact their real estate agent or landlord.
You and your loved ones deserve the peace of mind that your property and possessions are properly protected. Make sure home security is a priority. Don’t overlook the basics – upgrade the locks on your home’s doors and windows.