Home security tips and advice

RACV's everyday tips for securing your home inside and out, and while you're away

  • Prevent the theft of personal documents and mail by always locking your mailbox.
  • Keep all your valuables at the home house out of sight like expensive tech gadgets, jewellery, car keys, cash, or silverware.
  • Make sure that all your doors and windows are properly secured with locks that have been made to meet Australian standards.
  • It is worth installing a monitored security alarm system, and to leave it activated both when you are at home and when you are away.
  • If you own a prestige car, park it in a secure, private garage. This will help you reduce the chances of being targeted.
  • Come up with a plan with your family to outline how to respond to emergencies, from a home break-in to a potential fire.
  • Whenever possible, make an effort to get to know your neighbours. This will help you to look out for each other, as they could contact the police if they see any unusual activity while you are not at home.

In the event of a burglary, report any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood to the police on Triple Zero (000) when it is safe to do so. If you have been burgled, do not touch anything or try to clean up the scene until the police have collected the evidence they need. 

It's not all about inside the house when it comes to safety - thinking outside your home is also important. Many burglars will watch houses they intend to target for days or weeks before a break in to find a way in where they won't be seen by a neighbour. Walk around the outside of your home and try to think like a burglar, look for a quiet and discreet way in. 

  • Consider how secluded your home is and how well-lit it is. Installing motion sensor lights and CCTV cameras can provide peace of mind and help deter criminals. 
  • Keep your garden well trimmed so trees and shrubs do not obscure views to your property.
  • Don't leave tools or ladders lying around that could be used by burglars to break in. Instead store them in your garage or a lockable garden shed. 
  • Be alert and call Triple Zero (000) if you see anything suspicious. Remember if you don't have phone coverage or a SIM card, 000 will still work. 
Family packing luggage into the car parked outside their house

Revealing your holiday dates, locations, or photos on social media is great to make friends jealous of your adventures, but it may also attract the attention of thieves. Be a sensible sharer and aside from ensuring all windows and doors are locked, protect your home by making it appear occupied:  

  • Ask a friend or family member to house-sit.
  • Put your mail on hold or have someone collect it regularly. Junk mail filling up your mailbox and newspapers on your driveway are a sign of an empty house and easy target!
  • Don't leave keys hidden outside where they could be found by an unintended burglar - leave a set with a family member or trusted friend instead.
  • If you can't find a house sitter, invest in easily programmable timers that will switch on lights and appliances such as your television on a schedule so it looks like you never left.
  • If you're taking your car away with you, ask a neighbour to park in your driveway to give the illusion people are regularly coming and going.

* The RACV Home Buildings and Home Contents Calculators provide an indication of rebuilding or replacement costs only and in no way guarantees the amount RACV Insurance may agree to insure your home or contents for. It is your responsibility to check that this amount is enough to cover the rebuilding costs of your home or replacement costs of your home’s contents at today’s prices. Before you decide whether to buy or continue to hold RACV Home Insurance, you should calculate the actual replacement value of your home and contents and consider the information in the Product Disclosure Statement.

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