RACV home security tips

In the event of a home invasion:

  • Comply with all demands. Valuables are replaceable – you are not.
  • Don’t touch anything or try to clean up the scene.
  • Press the panic button on the key fob linked to your alarm system (if you have one)
  • Call the police for help when it is safe to do so.
  • Focus on your family – get them into a safe and comfortable area where the impact of home invasion is not visible.
  • Consider contacting support organisations such as Victims of Crime to help you deal with the trauma.

Every day:

  • Ensure that all doors and windows are well secured with locks made to Australian standards.
  • Consider installing a monitored security alarm system and activate it when you are home as well as when you are away.
  • Get to know your neighbours and help to look out for each other.
  • Keep your valuables out of sight (i.e. car keys, jewellery, laptop, and cash) to prevent theft.
  • Park prestige cars in a garage to reduce your chance of being targeted.
  • Talk to your family about what to do in emergencies such as a house fire or home invasion. Having a plan in place can help keep you safe.

When you go away:

  • Make your house look lived-in: put your mail on hold or have someone collect it. If you’re taking the car, ask a neighbour to park in your driveway.
  • Don’t leave keys hidden outside the house. Leave a set with a trusted friend or family member.
  • Always lock your tools away. They can be used to break into a property, or even as weapons.
  • Consider installing motion sensor lighting to help deter criminals and alert others to their presence.

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