Home security tips and advice

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

Everyday security tips

  • Ensure all your doors and windows are well secured with locks made to Australian standards.
  • Keep valuables such as car keys, jewellery, laptops and cash out of sight.
  • Lock your mailbox to prevent the theft of mail and personal documents.
  • Get to know your neighbours and help look out for each other. They may recognise unusual activity when you’re not home and contact the police.
  • Consider installing a monitored security alarm system and activate it when you are home as well as while you are away.
  • Park prestige cars in a garage to reduce your chance of being targeted.
  • Talk to your family about what to do during emergencies such as a house fire or home invasion. Having a plan in place can help keep you safe.

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. 

Outdoor home security advice

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. 

When you go away

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.