Home security tips to help burglar proof your home
Ballarat, Glen Eira, Moonee Valley, Mornington Peninsula, and Boroondara are amongst the safest Local Government Areas in Victoria, new data reveals.
The data comes off the back of the launch of How Safe is My Place - a new tool developed by RACV and trusted safety organisation Neighbourhood Watch.
How Safe is My Place helps homeowners determine how safe their home is from burglary and what they can do to improve overall security.
The tool comes in the form of a free online quiz that asks a series of questions to enable Victorians to assess how safe they are. The questions highlight ways of improving safety, with a report emailed to the participant at the end of the quiz.
The data is used by Neighbourhood Watch to identify communities where they can assist neighbours to work together and encourage people to get involved by starting up a new group or joining one that already exists.
Neighbourhood Watch CEO Bambi Gordon said the more people know their neighbours and get involved, the safer they feel.
“Recent data findings from the How Safe is My Place tool has shown that Ballarat, Glen Eira, Moonee Valley, Mornington Peninsula, and Boroondara all rated in the top five scores for safeness – in that residents in these areas are more likely to have undertaken the simple things they can do to keep home and family safe."
Neighbourhood Watch How Safe Is My Place data findings
Top 5 Average Safeness (score out of 10):
- City of Ballarat: 8.6
- City of Glen Eira: 8.06
- City of Moonee Valley: 7.97
- Shire of Mornington Peninsula: 7.86
- City of Boroondara: 7.8
Ms Gordon says the tool also provides valuable insight into how households could make their homes safer and more secure.
“The tool gets you thinking about your current home security and what you can do to protect your home in terms of practical advice and tips,” she says.
And while some instances of home burglaries are unavoidable, simple changes are all that's needed to better protect your personal safety and contents.