Security for Vacant Properties

Homeowners, landlords and real estate professionals should adopt a number of strategies to help make it more difficult for thieves to break into vacant properties.

Properties which are unoccupied for long periods of time can become very vulnerable to thieves, especially during the holiday period.

Residents should adopt a number of strategies to help make it more difficult for thieves to break into vacant properties.

First and foremost, make sure the house is secure. Lock all doors and windows, use good quality deadlocks on all the exterior doors and install a lockable security screen door on your front door. A rod in the tracks of all sliding doors and windows will also assist with security.

Go to the effort to make the house look occupied. Use timer switches to operate household appliances such as lights, televisions and radios to give the impression someone is home.

Redirect mail and ask neighbours to clear the letter box of any junk mail. Also, ask neighbours to regularly park their car in the driveway. Make sure that the lawns are mowed and the garden is free of weeds.

Identify your valuables by engraving or marking valuable property with your driver’s licence number prefixed with an ‘S’ for South Australia. Photograph all other items of value and record serial numbers of all electrical items.

Simple steps will safeguard your property and deter thieves from entering your property.

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