In the home
One of the most common crimes in the Territory (and other parts of Australia) is theft from, and invasion of, people’s homes. Home invasions can leave victims feeling vulnerable and insecure for a long time after the crime but there are precautions you can take that help to prevent it happening to you.
In your home
- The Territory’s climate means doors and windows are often left open – locked security doors and security screens on windows provide a barrier but allow air flow.
- Ask for identification of trades, sales people or strangers before opening your door.
- Do not keep a weapon in the home for protection. It could be used against you.
- Keep doors locked, even when at home or in the garden, but don’t deadlock yourself inside in case you need to leave in a hurry.
- Install smoke alarms and check them regularly.
- Keep cash in the home to a minimum.
- Make sure you know the identity of your children’s friends and acquaintances, or others, who visit your home.
- Don’t leave car keys or other keys lying around or in obvious places.
- Don’t leave keys hidden outside the house - leave spares with trusted friends or neighbours.
- Don’t leave tools that could be used to break into your home, outside.
- Dogs are a deterrent to prowlers.
- If confronted in your home, stay calm, comply with the intruder’s instructions, leave the house if possible and contact police.
- Display house numbers prominently to make your home easy to find in an emergency.
On the phone
- Use a male voice for answering machines.
- Never reveal that you will be going away or that you are not at home.
- Never provide your name or address.
- Hang up on nuisance callers.
- Key in emergency, family and friendly neighbour numbers.
- Install your phone, or an extension, in the bedroom.
- With mobile phones activate the PIN and security code – making it useless to others if stolen or lost.
- Don’t leave your mobile phone unattended in public, particularly pubs, clubs or cafes.