Home Security

Burglar Beware

Burglar Beware

Burglar Beware was developed by the Community Engagement Division of WA Police in response to the unacceptably high level of residential burglary in WA. Since the implementation of Burglar Beware Strategies in 2003, burglary rates have declined significantly’. For more information visit the community safety/police website at http://communitysafety.police.wa.gov.au/index.php/burglar-beware.

Property Safety

Don't Tempt a Thief:

  • Make your home look occupied.
  • Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time
  • Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, such as a holiday connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
  • Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers to build up while you are away, arrange for a friend or neighbour to take them regularly.
  • Move any valuables out of view.

Arguably one of the most important and effective methods to help reduce your chance of becoming a victim of burglary is to get to know your neighbours;
exchange telephone numbers and keep an eye on each other’s homes. Observant neighbours can reduce prowling, loitering and burglary by reporting suspicious people or vehicles to police.

Targeting the Outside:

  • Invest in a motion-sensor light for backyards.
  • Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.
  • Lawn mowers, barbecues and bicycles are best stored out of sight
  • Always lock your garden sheds and garages.
  • Use curtains on garage and basement windows.
  • Never leave notes on your door such as “Gone shopping.”

If you have a home alarm system, use it!

Activate your alarm system — Alarm systems are only useful when you remember to activate them. Many individuals have alarm systems but do not arm them
because it is inconvenient. Many burglars know this and will not be deterred by a window sticker or sign indicating that the home has an alarm system.

For information please click on  the link; a safety and security information booklet provided by the Community Engagement Division for WA Police. http://communitysafety.police.wa.gov.au/images/P98787_WA_Police__Safety_Booklet_A5_FINAL_v2.pdf.pdf 

Worth Taking? Then it's worth Marking! Get your FREE permanent UV Property Marker


If there is one way of making sure someone knows that something belongs to you, it's putting your name on it. Why not take that one step further in your home?

Only a small percentage of stolen property is returned to its rightful owners. In most cases hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of property remains in the hands of the Police after being recovered, simply because it cannot be properly identified.

Marking, etching or engraving your property is one of the most simple and effective ways of identifying, recovering and returning stolen property. It is also a great way of protecting your possessions by deterring burglars in the first place. Australian Police recommend that owner's valuables be engraved or marked with their driver's license number prefixed by the first letter of their state of residence. For example WA2255769. If you do not have a driver's license number then consider using a unique code that means something to you that you will not forget. It is also important to keep an inventory of all valuables on a property register and consider taking photographs of more valuable items.

A property register form is available to download from the WA Police Community Safety website, this list should be kept in a safe place and copies sent to your insurance company. Where you mark your property is also important. For quick and simple identification it is best to mark your property in the top right hand corner or the back or underneath the item. For larger items such as TV's and stereo's mark it near the items serial number.

Take a good look around every room in your home as well as your garage or shed. Consider all the things that you would be sorry to lose or find hard to replace - then MARK THEM!

Ultra Violet (UV) markers are invisible to the naked eye but the Police can check recovered property for UV marking with a UV lamp. It is important to remember that UV marking fades over time and will need to be renewed every so often.

Holiday Safe 

By taking some simple precautions and giving your home a “lived in” look before you go on holidays, you can substantially reduce the risk of burglary. Take a few minutes to ask yourself the following questions, with every YES you answer the more burglar proof your home becomes.

Have you;

  • Locked all external windows and doors?
  • Given a spare key to a friend or family to check on your home?
  • Locked all tools away?
  • Cancelled deliveries such as newspapers?
  • Had the mail held, redirected or arranged collection with your key holder?
  • Disconnected power supply to electric garage doors?
  • Locked all valuables in a safe or bank safety deposit box?
  • Turned down the ring volume on your telephone?
  • Set light timers and sensors to come on during the night?
  • Arranged for someone to cut the lawn and water the gardens?
  • Arranged for care of pets?
  • Arranged for payment of utility bills?
  • Advised your monitoring centre of your contact person or key holder if your house has a monitored alarm?

Vehicle safety

While theft of a vehicle has more than halved over the last five years, a vehicle is still stolen every 10 minutes in Australia. With around 60,000 thefts per year the Australian community bears the cost of vehicle theft - estimated to be over $610 million per year (http://www.carsafe.com.au/).

Theft of valuables from your vehicle is also frustrating, damaging and can be expensive. We sometimes forget the importance of security when visiting tourist attractions or just on a day trip with the family; when in fact tourist hot spots such as the beach or regional parks car parks can sometimes be the hardest hit. Please remember…

Always ensure you vehicle windows and doors are locked.

Don’t leave valuables in your car, particularly at scenic spots

Don’t think that because the car park is busy or even if there is no one around, your car will not get broken into. Thieves will target busy tourist areas and they also like the isolation that some car parks offer.

Here are just some tips provided by the Community Engagement Division at WA Police that could help prevent you from becoming a victim of motor vehicle crime. Click on the following link for more information.

Designing Out Crime

Designing Out Crime is a crime prevention strategy, which aims to reduce opportunities for crime through the design and management of the built and landscaped environment.  It is also known as CPTED (pronounced sep-ted), which is an acronym for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. 

Designing out crime can reduce the incidence of crime and the fear of crime through the use of surveillance, territorial reinforcement, access control, space management / maintenance, target hardening and mixed-use development.

There are a number of Designing Out Crime strategies property owners can follow:

  • Plant climbing vegetation to cover and protect walls and other large flat surfaces.
  • Plant thorny or thick bushes in front of large walls and fences to reduce visibility and access to that surface.
  • Use dark coloured building materials or dark paint colours that are less attractive to graffiti vandals.
  • Use rough or textured materials for the surface of your walls.
  • Increase lighting around your property.

Apply an anti-graffiti coating on high risk spots, which will make removal easier.

Burglar Beware & Designing Out Crime DVD

This DVD, an initiative of the Office of Crime Prevention, WA Police, has two sections.  Burglar Beware looks at home and personal safety and provides information and tips on how to improve it.  The Designing Out Crime section provides a number of examples of applying the principles of good design to minimise crime opportunities and risk.

The DVD is available for hire from City Libraries.

House break and enters are one of the most common crimes. In many instances house break-ins are crimes of opportunity where entry is often gained through an open or unlocked door or window. Here are some simple and practical tips to remember to help make your home safer and more secure.

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Installation

CCTV has been installed at sites around the City to deter and potentially capture criminal activity.  These sites are the City Administration Building, Hartfield Park Recreation Centre, High Wycombe Community & Recreation Centre and Kalamunda Library/Zig Zag Cultural Centre.  These works were carried out through Federal and State Funding provision.

The City has more recently obtained a mobile CCTV Unit that has capacity to be installed at different sites on a semi-permanent or short-term basis, such as the Kalamunda Water Park.

Public Code of Practice
Release Form for Recorded Material - Request for Recorded Images from CCTV Records


Rate this page - Was the information useful to you?
Rate this page - Was the information useful to you?
Reason for your rating *

Please enter the code below *