Recently there have been a number of homes and garages burgled in the Launceston area. All suburbs are affected.
A number of these homes were entered via an insecure window or door. Some residences were burgled in daylight or while residents are only out for a short time.
Items stolen included electrical power tools, chainsaws, bicycles, jewellery, money, wallets, phones and car keys. Don’t leave valuables on display overnight in the front or backyard.
Police recommend taking another look at the security of your home, garage and shed. Is there anything you can do to make these areas more secure?
New homes under construction are also being targeted. Tradesmen should avoid leaving their power tools and equipment onsite when finishing work for the day.
Deter would-be criminals from targeting your house, shed, garage or building site. Some useful tips include:
- Lock up the house whether you are at home or out;
- Install quality deadlocks on all external doors and key locks on windows;
- Install security screens so you can have your windows open without inviting burglars in;
- Secure building sites at the end of the day and take power tools with you if possible;
- When on holidays, make sure a trusted neighbour keeps an eye on your home;
- When out at night, leave an inside light on that would normally be on if you were at home;
- Install security lights – they can deter thieves and alert neighbours;
- Sheds, garages, workshops, should be kept locked;
- Never leave property, especially power tools, chainsaws, bicycles and trail bikes on display; and
- Take note of suspicious vehicles or people in your neighbourhood and report it straight away to police.