Taking care of security

Home BurglarOne in 40 Australian homes is burgled each year.  It’s a crime that impacts homeowners and renters alike and brings security front of mind.

Home burglary is one of the most widespread crimes in Australia with more than 300,000 break-ins recorded each year, according to the Australian Institute of Criminology. The Australian Bureau of Statistics says almost half of all break-ins result in property damage in addition to theft of items.
 
Findings from the International Crime Victimisation Survey (2007) ranked Australia as the fifth highest country for household burglary. It also found that over one-third of Australians thought their home was likely to be burgled in the next 12 months.
 
With such sobering statistics, it’s little wonder that the issue is a big consideration for homeowners and renters alike, making home security a priority for good landlords and their property managers.
 
When it comes to rentals, properties offering good security appeal to both renters and insurers.
 
While some security measures, such as locks on doors and windows, are now legal requirements in most states and territories, there’s more that landlords can do to help tenants feel secure and limit the risk of damage from burglary.
 
A survey of offenders in WA identified a number of security measures that deter would-be thieves, many of which can be implemented by landlords: a functioning alarm system (49.1 per cent deterred); security grilles on windows and/or doors (19 per cent), functioning sensor lights (22.8 per cent) and presence of gates (12.3 per cent).
 
Other options include:

Doors

  • Deadlocks or bolt locks on external doors
  • Security doors and screens
  • ‘Peep-holes’ in front doors
  • Padlocks on sheds, garages, storerooms and garden gates

Windows

  • All external windows should be fitted with locks which prevent them from being opened from the outside
  • Secure sliding doors and windows on second storeys
  • Security grilles/bars and roller shutters

Lighting

  • External areas, especially around entrances, should be well lit
  • Motion-sensor lighting – solar-powered or hard-wired

Security systems and alarms

  • Alarms can range from simple intruder alerts to fully-monitored systems managed by security firms
  • Video camera at entrances
  • CCTV
While no security system is failsafe, having the right insurances in place adds an extra level of protection.
 
The kind of insurance a landlord needs depends on the type of property they have (house or unit) and how they lease it (for example, furnished or short-term). Ask us about the right cover.
 

Tenants often mistakenly think that their landlord’s insurance will cover their belongings in the event of a break-in. This is a misconception that can prove costly for the renter. TenantCover provides comprehensive cover for a renter’s possessions.