Safety at home
House break-ins are one of the most common crimes. Often they are crimes of opportunity, with the thief gaining entry through an unlocked door or window.
Reduce your risk of becoming a victim. Follow these steps to secure your home:
- Make it as difficult as possible for a thief to gain entry.
- Install and use key-operated locks on doors and windows.
- Don’t place keys outside under door mats or in obvious places.
- Make it as difficult as possible for a thief to take your belongings with them when they leave.
- Don't leave keys in doors or windows when you're not at home.
- Consider installing an alarm system.
- Make sure alarms are functioning.
- Reduce temptation.
- Engrave or microdot all items of value.
- Keep cash, keys and valuables out of sight and out of easy reach.
- Be cautious about sharing personal information.
- Only list your initials and surname in the phone book.
- If you use an answering service, don’t leave a message that implies you live alone (e.g. rather say 'we' than 'I').
- If you use social networking sites, don’t give personal details such as your home address or phone number.
- Don’t share personal information with strangers (e.g. don't tell them where you live or when you'll be away).
Read more about ways to protect your home.
When you go away, your home is more vulnerable to a break-in. Learn how to keep your home secure while you're away.
Join your local Neighbourhood Watch group to help improve safety and reduce crime in your community.
Practical tips for a safer home
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have created a booklet with safety guidance for in and around the home:
Home fire safety check
You can request a free check for fire and safety hazards at your home by a local firefighter. Book a Safehome visit online or phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68).
Smoke alarms are devices that sound an alarm when they detect smoke. By law, your home must have smoke alarms.
If you have a hearing impairment, specialised smoke alarms are subsidised.
It is important to create a safe environment in and around your home to reduce your risk of falling. Falls are one of the main reasons that older people are admitted to hospital or need to move to an aged-care home.
Report a home break-in
Call Triple Zero (000) if your life is in danger, there is a serious risk to your safety or property, or if a break-in is in progress.
To report non-urgent incidents of stealing, wilful damage, break and enter, stolen vehicles or lost property contact Policelink on 131 444.
Home Assist Secure
Home Assist Secure staff can carry out a security assessment on your home and recommend security-related repairs or improvements. You may also be eligible for a subsidy towards minor home maintenance, modifications and repairs that relate to your health, safety and security and are necessary for you to remain living in your home.
To be assessed for assistance you must be renting or a home owner, be 60 years of age, or have a disability. Additional criteria apply for subsidised assistance.
For more information visit Home Assist Secure or contact your local Home Assist Secure provider.