Top 10 tips for the holiday season

We’d like to help bring you peace of mind with some tips for staying safe and considering your neighbours, especially during the holiday seasons.

    • Get to know your neighbours and watch out for each other. Be aware of any unusual people, vehicles and ‘tradespeople’ frequenting your property.
    • If you’re having a party, let your neighbours know beforehand to expect some noise – better still invite them along! Remember to reduce noise and move indoors at 11 pm.
    • If you have outdoor furniture on your balcony make sure you secure it if you expect wild and windy weather, and especially if you’re going away.
    • Circulate a list of emergency numbers including police, tradesmen, electricity and water services, and CrimeStoppers (1800 333 000) and put these numbers in your mobile phone. Report a problem immediately to the police.
    • Ensure there are locks on all of your doors and windows. If your residence is visible from the street, install a timer on your lights to make it look as if someone is home.
    • Engrave your valuables with your car licence number. That way, your goods can be quickly traced back to you if they are stolen.
    • Cancel newspaper subscriptions and arrange for someone to empty your letterbox or organise for Australia Post to hold your mail. Piles of mail and papers are a sure sign that the property is not occupied.
    • When going overseas, register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (www.smarttraveller.gov.au) before you travel. This helps people locate you in the event of an emergency.
    • Make sure contractor’s phone numbers for security gates, garage doors, and lifts are clearly visible in case there is a problem with access.
    • Let your strata manager know if your contact details change.
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