Queensland Police share home safety tips as people rebuild after floods

Queensland Police have issued home building safety tips this week as thousands of Australians grapple with rebuilding their properties after devastating east coast flooding.

While many will seek to rebuild with a focus on preventing mold and preventing damage from a future natural disaster, police are urging people to add “neglected” safety to the list.

Their advice stresses that adding security measures will not only help protect residents and their property beyond construction, but during the process, when they are most vulnerable to “opportunistic thieves”.

It comes at a time when Queensland Police are implementing a crackdown on looting as more and more offenders target vulnerable homes affected by flooding.

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LISMORE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 03: A man throws damaged goods from a flood-affected house on March 03, 2022 in Lismore, Australia. Several towns in northern New South Wales have been forced to evacuate as Australia faces unprecedented storms and the worst flooding in a decade. (Photo by Dan Peled/Getty Images) (Getty)

“If you are in the unfortunate position of having to rebuild your home after a disaster, consider securing your building and property, as opportunistic thieves may target areas when it is obvious no one is there,” writes Senior Constable Kerrin Sheedy of Ipswich Police. .

Constable Sheedy outlined key ways homeowners can build with crime prevention strategies in mind, including environmental design, safety tips and property marking.

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They also provide general safety tips that many homeowners may not know, such as never installing an air conditioner in a window or locking wheelie bins so burglars can’t use them to scale the house.

General Home Safety Tips

  • Install security doors that deter intruders from entering your home
  • Finger guards can prevent your security door lock from being tampered with
  • Consider installing triple locks as they increase the strength and security of your doors

Main entry/exit doors

  • The exterior doors of your home should be strong and equipped with quality locks
  • Door peepholes help you see who is outside your front door before you open it
  • Keyed patio bolts on sliding doors add extra security to these doors
  • Fitted safety screen doors, designed and installed to Australian standards to provide extra protection

the Windows

  • Key locks add security to your windows that meet Australian standards
  • Don’t leave keys in window locks as a burglar can break the glass to unlock your windows
  • For added security and ease of use, one key opens all windows
  • Security screens, grilles and shutters allow ventilation and can provide security
  • Do not install air conditioners on windows

Lighting

  • The main entrances/exits of your home should be well lit
  • Lights left on inside your home when you’ve finished building deter burglars
  • Light timers should be enabled when you are away from your build
  • Install perimeter security lighting, including sensor lights

Property marking

  • Property engraving and the use of warning stickers on your property reduce the risk of theft
  • Your property identification code should be registered with the police to help them contact the owners of recovered items.
  • Recording your property’s serial numbers, makes, models and descriptions helps the police recover stolen items and will help you make an insurance claim. Photograph jewelry, artwork, coin/stamp collections and antiques
  • Use microdots, an encrypted anti-theft identification technology with their own personalized DNA to accommodate the owner’s identification registered with the police. Microdot your home, business, vehicles.

“Remember to make sure all doors and windows are clearly visible from the street for natural surveillance,” Constable Sheedy added.

She also offered a number of suggestions for the exterior of a property, including the use of landscaping such as trees and shrubs to promote the property and property boundaries and storing your trash cans outside. casters.

“Enclose wheelie bins or chain them to a fixed structure to prevent a burglar from using them to gain access to your home.”

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Other tips include padlocking backyard doors and your electricity meter box (contact your electricity supplier to arrange). That the house numbers should be clearly visible from the road.

Agent Sheedy also writes that electronic security alarm systems deter intruders from entering your new home and that it’s important to remove packages of new items from view of onlookers – “don’t announce the contents of your home”.

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