Being on the wrong end of a home invasion is nasty business, and the stats show that it’s happening to way too many people.
In 2020 Australia saw 231,000 homes experience break-ins and a whopping 20.3% of Aussie homes being burgled at some point. Additionally, it takes 75% of burglars less than 5 minutes to enter a property, meaning the experience can be over and done before you’re none the wiser.
It can be quite traumatic and, in the aftermath, people can be left frazzled and unsure what to do next. We’ve worked on a checklist to run through that can offer support and safeguard your home in the future.
Call the police:
This should be number one on the list. While this may seem obvious, where there were 231,000 homes burgled, 33% (76,230) didn’t report their incident to the police. The police deal with these kinds of experience more than most and as such have instructions and the knowledge to guide you during this event. It’s important to lean on this service and utilise the authorities.
What needs urgent attention?
Upon entering your home, examine it with a fine-tooth comb and see if there’s anything out of the ordinary or needing urgent repair. Our experience is that we commonly see car keys as a popular item among thieves – be sure yours are accounted for.
Additionally, an analysis looking at home burglaries in Australia in 2020 outlined that the ten most stole items within Aussie residential break-ins were:
- Wallets, handbags, purses
- Identification documents
- Computer and video game equipment
Beyond the theft of material items, it’s important to check whether there are any damages that need attention also. Some additional things to note are whether any passwords were written down that could’ve been copied. Similarly, if any locks or windows have been broken, and if the services of a locksmith are required.
Contact your insurance provider:
Should this section apply, the next thing you should look to tick off is contacting your insurance provider. While jumping through the hoops of insurance claims may be tedious and time consuming it can offer much-needed relief – providing some financial aid depending on your plan and provider.
Some information you may need handy can include:
- Your policy number-
- List of stolen or damaged goods
- Proof of purchase/evidence of ownership
- Police Report number
After following this list and ensuring that you and anyone else living in the home are safe and unharmed, prevention is the next box to tick. There are scores of resources and applications that locksmiths can implement to ensure that this never happens again. Let’s explore them.
Re-keying and lock changes
Whether or not your keys are physically missing, doubt can still loom as to whether the burglars made a copy or still have access. On top of this replacing all the locks in your home can be an expensive deterrent – we offer a solution. At Tas Mobile Locksmith our technicians make things a little easier by rekeying your existing locks – saving you money on replacing the hardware. Additionally, we can also key all your locks to the one key, lowering the chances of the intruder having a working key.
Keyless entry and digital locks:
These are growing in popularity and it’s easy to see why. Some common benefits of digitised locks are:
- Unlike keys, copies can’t be made
- There’s only one thing to carry, holding access to all the doors within your home
- Typically having a digital encryption, the security code can’t be seen
We’re able to share advice on upgrading your old mechanical locking system and ensuring everything fits perfectly.
Garage door locks and remotes
Your garage is still an important area to secure when talking about home security. Our services are diverse, including:
- And a wide range of products
There’s no better time to secure your home and those in it. At Tas Mobile Locksmith we do all we can to ensure your security is unmatched, and with our 24/7 emergency locksmiths on standby, you’ll never be left in the dark. Get in touch with us today.