Careless lock-ups leave homes at risk
IN THE lead-up to the Christmas holidays, research by Crime Stoppers has found that only one in five Australians worry about home security when going away on holiday.
There is even less concern when homeowners go away for a weekend.
The findings are part of The Lock Report, which surveyed more than 1,000 Australians on their attitudes and practices towards home security.
The practice of ramping up home security when holidaying is at odds with most homeowner's actual experience with intruders, says Director of Crime Stoppers Australia Peter Price OAM.
"Of those who had been the target of a break-in, just 4% were away on holiday, 26% had left the house for a short period of time and 9% were actually at home.
"Of those that worry about home security when going on a long holiday, one in 10 people said they would leave a window open when going away for just the weekend compromising a home's defences," he said.
The Crime Stoppers Australia report found almost four in 10 Australians have experienced a home break-in.
The Lock Report
- Key findings -
- 25% couldn't remember if they handed over all keys when they moved out of a house
- 59% did not change the front door lock when they moved into their current home
- 20% per cent didn't know how old the lock on their front door was
- 30% believe their front door locks are more than 10 years old
- 7% had a company monitored alarm/camera system in place
- 87% had a front door deadlock, but only 57% had one on their back door.