Oxley Neighbourhood Beat officer, Senior Constable Matt Shaw, advises that there have been recent burglaries and thefts from vehicles in and around Oxley. Many of these offences can be avoided if residents take simple precautions. Senior Constable Shaw’s myPolice blog post appears below – take heed of his suggestions.
Oxley residents reminded to lock up
A lock is not a lock….unless its locked.
Oxley residents are reminded to lock up and be security vigilant after recent burglaries and thefts from vehicles.
There are a number of things you can do to reduce the risk of having your home or vehicle broken into and your possessions stolen.
- External doors of your home should be solid and fitted with quality deadlocks.
- Fit security screen doors, designed and installed to Australian Standards to provide additional protection.
- Install a door viewer that allows you to see the person before you open the door.
- Fit windows with secure locks that meet Australian Standards – do not leave keys in window locks as an intruder can break the glass to unlock your windows.
- Ensure security screens/shutters are properly installed, and allow exit in case of an emergency.
- Install an intruder alarm system that covers all external doors, windows and garage, and is installed to Australian Standards for domestic applications.
- Ensure trees and shrubs are trimmed to allow visibility to your property.
- Lock away items of value, such as bikes, lawn mowers, and garden implements such as ladders. Keep your garage door closed and locked.
- Install perimeter security lighting including sensor lights. Mark, engrave or microdot your property with serial numbers and record them.
- Join a Neighbourhood Watch Group
- Ensure vehicles are locked and valuable possessions are removed. Garage remote controllers should not be left in vehicles.
Homes with windows or doors left open or unsecured, curtains closed during the day, or mail and newspapers left to accumulate in the letter box are more likely to attract a potential intruder.
An intruder is usually looking for cash or small valuable items such as jewellery, DVD players, mobile phones, laptops and other small electronic items that can be quickly sold for cash.