Home Security Guidelines

Did you know that 35% of burglaries are committed in homes that aren’t locked?  Secure your home and improve the safety of your local neighbourhood.

The West Australian Police Force suggest using the following guide to conduct your own home security audit. The more ‘yes’ boxes you can tick, the harder you make it for burglars.

  • Is your house number clearly visible from the street?
  • Are your trees and shrubs trimmed so it’s hard for burglars to hide?
  • Do you have solid core doors?
  • Do you have locks and deadbolts or deadlocks fitted?
  • Do you have security screens on doors and windows?
  • Does your door have a peephole?
  • Do your windows have key-locks or security devices?
  • Does your house have an automatic light timer or sensor lights?
  • Do you leave lights on when you go out at night?
  • Are the entrances to your home well lit?
  • Is your home fitted with an alarm that’s well maintained?
  • Is the garage or shed kept locked?
  • Are your tools and ladders stored away?
  • Is the meter box locked?
  • Are your contents and valuables engraved or marked for easy identification?
  • Have you recorded the serial numbers?
  • Do you have window stickers letting burglars know you have an alarm and your property is marked?
  • Is there a phone extension in the bedroom with emergency numbers handy?
  • Do you have a dog?
  • Have you joined Neighbourhood Watch?

There are is a huge range of other resources provided by the West Australian Police that are available online at