Crime Stoppers reminds Aussies to put home security basics first this Christmas

19 December 2017

Crime Stoppers has announced the release of its Break-in busters report, which surveyed 1,000 Australians on their security practices and beliefs.

In a world where Internet of Things (IoT) technology allows homeowners to see and act on security concerns in real-time, the survey found 48% of Australians wanted to take security into their own hands with self-monitoring smart devices.

Crime Stoppers partnered with lock experts Lane Security and app-based security solutions provider Cammy to prepare the report.

“IoT devices that give homeowners the power to self-monitor their property through their smart phone or tablet are changing the game, putting homeowners on the front foot and burglars on the back. However, without reliable working locks on doors and windows, homeowners are leaving themselves vulnerable,” says Crime Stoppers NSW chief executive Peter Prince.

The survey found 94% of homeowners currently rely on locks as their primary home security measure and Crime Stoppers is urging homeowners to remember the basics and start home security with quality locks this Christmas.

The survey also found homeowners were putting their property at risk by relying on ineffective practices, such as hiding valuables in drawers (29%), using fake surveillance cameras (6%) or using fake alarm systems (8%).

Although 37% of respondents said a home security upgrade was on their to-do list, cost and confusion over the best way to approach security appears to be holding people back.

“Personal safety is the biggest concern for Australians when it comes to home security, with almost six out of ten worrying about the safety of their family if an intruder were to break-in.  We know Aussies want to keep their families and property safe but it seems many people simply don’t know where to start when it comes to security in an IoT world,” says Peter.

Lane Security spokesperson Dean Beardmore says the upgrading security does not have to be a difficult process though and making a few simple changes can make a big difference.

“The best place for homeowners to start when it comes to improving their home security is by upgrading the locks on doors and windows. Deadlocks or deadbolts are a security essential as their flat design means they cannot be gripped or levered open,” says Dean.

“We also recommend that locks are replaced every ten years and that regular maintenance is undertaken to keep them in good working order.”

More than a quarter of a million families were affected by a home burglary in Australia between 2015 and 2016.

Cammy director of marketing Louise Moule says app-based security offerings can offer home owners that added next level of protection.

“App-based security solutions give homeowners the ability to see and hear what is happening in their home, in real time. Using this technology gives homeowners a birds-eye view of their property so they can take action and even help police to track down intruders using time-stamped, video evidence.”

Further advice from Lane Security and Cammy is available in the Break-in busters report.

“By sharing this research, Crime Stoppers, Lane Security and Cammy, want to remind Australians to be safe and smart when it comes to home security. Start with quality locks and complement these with smart devices for an extra level of protection and peace of mind,” says Peter. 

As the editor of BUILD I have a keen interest in sustainable housing and new technologies.