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How To Keep Your Valuables Safe At Home

Are your valuables safe at home? Would you notice if something was stolen? Don’t take your security for granted.

Everyone likes to think their neighbourhood is safe and for the most part they are. But do you want to be caught by surprise and have your precious belongings taken from you? Of course not! The tips below will help you keep your valuables safe at home.

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Ways you can protect your belongings

You cannot always be at home keeping an eye on your property. This doesn’t mean you want it taken or damaged though. There are a few simple ways you can protect what is yours and know that at the end of the day you have done everything you can to ensure your valuables are safe.

Lock your house – This is so obvious but it is surprising how many residents don’t do it. Lock your windows, doors, security screens and don’t forget to set your house alarm.

Befriend your neighbours – If you are going away, you want someone you can trust to keep an eye on your place. Someone to watch if suspicious activity occurs.

Install a safe – There are many reasons why people install safes in their homes. The main one is so their valuable possessions are not stolen should their home be broken into. Other motives include the possibility of losing paperwork in house fires, safety (weapons/medicine/etc) and even security. If you are considering installing a safe in your home ensure it is heavy and bolted down.

Hide your things – There are several places that are typically overlooked by burglars. These include:
* Inside children’s toys in their bedroom – it is no surprise a kid’s room is not generally raided when someone is looking for valuable belongings. It is all just toys and mess after all, or is it?
* Between the pages of a book on a full bookshelf. As if they are going to search through each and every book, just in case!

Get a dog – Dogs are a great deterrent for thieves. Why? They can appear scary and dangerous.

For more information on how you can protect your home and belongings from break and enters, visit the NSW Crime Prevention website.

Prevention is the best course of action when it comes to protecting your home and the valuables you hold inside. Don’t risk that ‘you’ll be right’ because you will be until that one day when you’re not!

Have you suffered a break-in? What of yours was taken?

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14 Comments

  1. 01/08/2016 / 7:05 am

    We got robbed and they took the weirdest stuff. THe most expensive was the damage done to the door. They took an alarm clock??? The police kept asking me if it was valuable and I had to say – no it was $30 and plastic???? They did find cash in a jar – for some reason my partner had put a couple of $50’s in a jar that had all the 5 cent coins in it on the kitchen bench and that probably meant we got off lightly….

    • 07/08/2016 / 11:10 pm

      Haha an alarm clock? How bizarre. I’m glad you got off lightly!

  2. 01/08/2016 / 7:24 am

    I read somewhere once that having visible signs that there are children living in your home is a huge turn-off to potential criminals. If that’s the case, we should be fine! Lots of toys are lying about everywhere in our yard. (The idea is that families have less impressive bits and bobs to steal!)

    • 07/08/2016 / 11:12 pm

      Well I guess we will be fine! Haha we have shit everywhere, damn kids.
      Makes sense I guess about the less impressive things to take, in theory anyway.

  3. 01/08/2016 / 9:09 am

    We had an intruder in our back yard. While the girls were home with friends. He was caught peering through the back window at them, near an unlocked door. He had a brick. Thankfully hubby emptied the garbage and inadvertently scared him off in the process. Still no idea what he was up to. Hate to think what could have happened if he’d tried the unlocked door. We have tightened security since then.

    • 07/08/2016 / 11:13 pm

      Wow! How scary. I would definitely have tightened the security. We are always pretty relaxed with our locks until something happens in the neighbourhood and reminds you that you need to be more cautious. Glad no one was hurt!

  4. 01/08/2016 / 9:53 am

    we’ve had a spate of break ins and car thefts in our suburb, so police are constantly patroling. It’s all opportunistic kids, but a couple have been serious theives out for themselves. A bit scary, but we’re armed with the big dog now, who will lick them to death!

    • 07/08/2016 / 11:15 pm

      Our estate has bursts of break ins as well, mostly kids but you just can’t be too careful. I’m sure the dog will be enough to scare of anyone who thinks about breaking into your place.

  5. 01/08/2016 / 10:47 am

    Our house was broken into a few years ago. Despite the numerous easy targets lying about in plain sight, including game consoles, camera, iPod and actual cash, the only things taken were a handful of old junk jewellery along with my grandmother’s plain silver wedding ring – all of which had very little value except sentimental. Horrible feeling.

    • 07/08/2016 / 11:16 pm

      Oh no! That is the worst. I think I would prefer something expensive taken over something sentimental. You cannot replace that.

  6. 01/08/2016 / 11:13 am

    When we were broken into, the only things they took were from our baby’s room. They stole his christening cross which was not only of great sentimental value, but also very expensive.

    • 07/08/2016 / 11:17 pm

      Some people surprise me. Why would they want that, like really?

  7. 01/08/2016 / 12:09 pm

    I’ve been robbed of everything including my underwear. They took all my personal belongings, jewellery, make up, skin care, clothes, shoes, underwear etc. Damaged the bathroom and thankfully left all my kids stuff alone. I had 3 diamond rings from my mother, grandmother and great grandmother in my jewellery box along with items I was given at the birth of my daughters etc, all custom made pieces so it was a significant amount stolen. Police suspected my ex husband but couldn’t prove it.

    We also got robbed when I was a teenager, that was clearly kids sent in to do it according to police.

  8. 01/08/2016 / 1:10 pm

    Good tips. The kids’ toys are a great idea since the room is so messy, nobody knows where everything is anyway. Neighbours are so important as they will know if something is amiss. A monitored alarm system would also be a good deterrant.

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