Police from the Manning/Great Lakes Police District are reminding residents to be 'security conscious' even when at home.
It comes after a number of break and enter reports have been received in the Forster-Tuncurry and Taree areas in recent days.
A number of break and enter reports have been received in the Forster-Tuncurry and Taree areas in recent days.Manning Great Lakes Local Area Command
Chief Superintendent Bradley Shepherd from the NSW Police Force has posted a three minute tutorial (video) on the Manning Great Lakes Local Area Command Facebook page to provide homeowners with some useful tips on how to protect your home.
These tips include the following:
SECURE YOUR HOME:
■ Fit quality security doors, windows, locks, alarms, lighting and warning signs.
■ Secure all windows and doors.
■ Activate your alarm, smoke detectors and security lighting.
■ Lock your gates, sheds and garages.
CHECK YOUR HOME:
■ Ensure your street number is clearly visible.
■ Keep trees and shrubs trimmed to improve visibility around your home.
■ Lock away items such as ladders, tools and gardening equipment.
■ Don’t leave spare keys outside the home.
■ Don’t leave valuables, mobile devices or keys (home or vehicle) in clear view.
■ Mark valuable property and record details.
WHEN AWAY FROM HOME:
■ Use a timer to activate an internal light or radio to give the impression someone is home.
■ Have family, a trusted friend or neighbour check on your home. Inform them of your travel plans, park a vehicle in the driveway, collect the garbage bins and mail.
■ Consider redirecting your mail, newspapers and deliveries.
■ Never advertise your travel on social media sites.