Crime Stoppers remind Aussies to put home security basics first this Christmas 

With almost half of Australians (48 percent) wanting to take home security into their own hands with self-monitoring smart devices, Crime Stoppers is urging homeowners to remember the basics and start home security with quality locks this Christmas.

Crime Stoppers has partnered with lock experts, Lane Security, and Cammy – an app-based security solutions provider, to prepare the Break-in busters report. The report surveyed 1,000 Australians on their security practices and beliefs in a world where the Internet of Things (IoT) technology allows homeowners to see and act on security concerns in real-time.

“IoT devices that give homeowners the power to self-monitor their property through their smartphone or tablet are changing the game, putting homeowners on the front foot and burglars on the back,” says CEO of Crime Stoppers NSW Peter Price AM.

“However, without reliable working locks on doors and windows homeowners are leaving themselves vulnerable,” warns Mr Price.

According to the Break-in busters report, 94 percent of homeowners currently rely on locks as their primary home security measure. Yet, 35 percent say they’re not confident in their locks and 32 percent worry their doors and windows make them an easy target for intruders.

Homeowners are putting their property at further risk by relying on ineffective practices such as hiding valuables in drawers (29 percent) or even the freezer (6 percent), while others use ‘beware of the dog’ signs (10 percent), fake surveillance cameras (6 percent) or fake alarm systems (8 percent) to trick would-be crooks.

For almost four in ten households, a home security upgrade is on the to-do list (37 per cent), however, cost (57 per cent) and confusion over the best way to approach security (14 per cent) appears to be holding people back from safeguarding their homes.

Of those surveyed, 51 percent would choose to strengthen their home security with a lock upgrade with almost equal support (48 percent) seen for IoT self-monitored systems.

“Personal safety is the biggest concern for Australians when it comes to home security with almost six out of ten worrying about the safety of their family if an intruder were to break-in. We know Aussies want to keep their families and property safe, but it seems many people simply don’t know where to start when it comes to security in an IoT world,” says Mr Price.

Leading security company, Lane Security, explains that upgrading your security does not have to be a difficult process and making a few simple changes can help homeowners avoid becoming another crime statistic.

“The best place for homeowners to start when it comes to improving their home security is by upgrading the locks on doors and windows. A basic deadlock can cost as little as $30 and take as little as ten minutes to replace. Deadlocks or deadbolts are a security essential as their flat design means they cannot be gripped or levered open,” explains Lane Security spokesperson Dean Beardmore.

“We also recommend that locks are replaced every ten years and that regular maintenance is undertaken to keep them in good working order,” says Mr Beardmore.

With an increasing number of Australians now ramping up security with IoT devices that allow them self-monitor their property, Cammy says app-based security offerings add that next level of protection.

“App-based security solutions give homeowners the ability to see and hear what is happening in their home, in real time,” says Director of Marketing at Cammy, Louise Moule.

“Using this technology gives homeowners a birds-eye view of their property so they can take action and even help police to track down intruders using time-stamped, video evidence,” says Ms Moule.

With more than a quarter of a million families affected by a home burglary in Australia between 2015-2016, Crime Stoppers is advising homeowners that all it takes is a few simple steps to better secure their home this holiday season.

“By sharing this research, Crime Stoppers, Lane Security and Cammy, want to remind Australians to be safe and smart when it comes to home security. Start with quality locks and complement these with smart devices for an extra level of protection and peace of mind,” Mr Price concludes.