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Yes
Unsure
No
Are all entrance doors secure? Yes
Think about how you can get out easily if there is a fire or other emergency. Leave the key in the lock when you are home, unless you have glass areas in or near the door.

You might want to consider keying all locks alike to make day to day use easier.

No
Consider installing security doors.

Consider installing deadlocks that can only be opened from either side of the door using a key. They make it harder for someone to force the lock and get in.

But think about how you can get out easily if there is a fire or other emergency. Leave the key in the lock when you are home, unless you have glass areas in or near the door.

Unsure
Consider installing security doors.

Consider installing deadlocks that can only be opened from either side of the door using a key. They make it harder for someone to force the lock and get in.

But think about how you can get out easily if there is a fire or other emergency. Leave the key in the lock when you are home, unless you have glass areas in or near the door.

Yes
No
Can you see who’s at the door without opening it? Yes
Don''t let anyone you don''t know into your home.

No
Consider installing a peep hole, security chain or security door.

Don’t let anyone you don’t know into your home.


Yes
Unsure
No
Are the windows secured? Yes
Yes
Security screens should have a release mechanism that can be activated in a fire or other emergency.

No
Security screens will allow you to keep your windows open and still feel secure.

Make sure there is a way for you to escape through a window in the case of a fire or other emergency.

Unsure
Security screens will allow you to keep your windows open and still feel secure.

Make sure there is a way for you to escape through a window in the case of a fire or other emergency.

Yes
No
Is your house number clearly visible from the street? Yes
Touch up painted numbers regularly to keep them visible.

No
House numbers make it easy for emergency services to find your house.
Use numbers at least 10 cm (4 inches) high and a contrasting colour from the background.

No, Unsure
Marking valuable property with your drivers licence number deters others from taking it because it is too difficult to ‘off load’.

Marking also helps police to identify owners when stolen property is recovered. Information on marking your property is available from Neighbourhood Watch at Neighbourhood Watch.


Yes
Unsure
No
Is your valuable property (especially electrical or portable items) engraved or marked? Yes
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No
Marking valuable property with your drivers licence number deters others from taking it because it is too difficult to ''''''''''''''''off load''''''''''''''''.

Marking also helps police to identify owners when stolen property is recovered. Information on marking your property is available from Neighbourhood Watch.

Unsure
Marking valuable property with your drivers licence number deters others from taking it because it is too difficult to ''''''''''''''''off load''''''''''''''''.

Marking also helps police to identify owners when stolen property is recovered. Information on marking your property is available from Neighbourhood Watch.

Yes
Unsure
No
When going on holidays do you take extra precautions? Yes
Don’t leave a message on your answering machine that tells a caller you’re on holiday
You can also check your preparations with a holiday checklist from Neighbourhood Watch - Holiday.

No
A good neighbour can be as effective as a police patrol in protecting your home and property
Don’t advertise your absence – cancel any deliveries and have a neighbour empty mail from your letterbox
Don’t leave a message on your answering machine that tells a caller you’re on holiday
Get a holiday checklist from Neighbourhood Watch - Holiday.

Unsure
A good neighbour can be as effective as a police patrol in protecting your home and property
Don’t advertise your absence – cancel any deliveries and have a neighbour empty mail from your letterbox
Don’t leave a message on your answering machine that tells a caller you’re on holiday
Get a holiday checklist from Neighbourhood Watch - Holiday.

Yes
Unsure
No
Is your property covered by house and contents insurance? Yes
Make sure the level of cover is regularly updated.

No
Finding the money to replace items stolen or destroyed in a fire, cyclone or flood is especially difficult when living on a fixed income.

Shop around for a policy you can afford, that covers the cost of major items.

Make sure the level of cover is regularly updated.

Unsure
Finding the money to replace items stolen or destroyed in a fire, cyclone or flood is especially difficult when living on a fixed income.

Shop around for a policy you can afford, that covers the cost of major items.

Make sure the level of cover is regularly updated.

Yes
No
Do you live alone? Yes
Don’t advertise this fact on the doorbell or on an answer phone.

No
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Yes
No
Is somebody offering you something for free or something you didn’t ask for? Yes
Expect a scam! Scams come in many disguises – visit Scam Watch for more information.

No
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Yes
Sometimes
No
Do you ever sign documents without really understanding what they’re about? Yes
Always seek advice from someone who knows if you are asked to sign something you don’t understand. Appropriate people to ask might be an accountant or financial advisor, Consumer Affairs (phone 1800 019 319), or a lawyer.

If you use members of your family, make sure they know more about it than you do.

No
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Sometimes
Always seek advice from someone who knows if you are asked to sign something you don’t understand. Appropriate people to ask might be an accountant or financial advisor, Consumer Affairs (phone 1800 019 319), or a lawyer.

If you use members of your family, make sure they know more about it than you do.

Yes
Sometimes
No
Do you ever feel worried or scared by the behaviour of family members towards you? Yes
Be as quick as possible and do not stay around the ATM when you have completed your transaction.

Never count your money on the street, put it away as soon as possible.

No
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Sometimes
Be as quick as possible and do not stay around the ATM when you have completed your transaction.

Never count your money on the street, put it away as soon as possible.

Yes
Sometimes
No
Do you use ATM''''''''''''''''s to withdraw money? Yes
Be as quick as possible and do not stay around the ATM when you have completed your transaction.

Never count your money on the street, put it away as soon as possible.

No
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Sometimes
Be as quick as possible and do not stay around the ATM when you have completed your transaction.

Never count your money on the street, put it away as soon as possible.

   
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