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Secure your home this summer

The City of Sydney is working with NSW Police over the summer to help Sydneysiders protect their homes from opportunistic crime.

The Safe City team has created a number of tips for residents to consider before leaving their homes unattended.

These include:

  • Always lock up – whether stepping out for a few minutes or going away on a holiday, always secure your home
  • Don’t advertise your valuables – keep items out of sight and dispose of packaging carefully
  • Remember to lock your garage, garden shed and other storage areas containing valuable items
  • Ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your property or park their car in your driveway
  • Ensure your home looks lived in – mow your lawns, put your lights on timers and ask a neighbour to collect your mail
  • When leaving for your holiday, avoid packing your car too early, or in view of possible thieves
  • Ensure your home insurance is adequate and up to date
  • Leave your contact details and destination information with a trusted family member or friend

“Whether you’re staying in the city or leaving for a holiday, we want all Sydneysiders to have a safe and happy summer,” said Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

“The risk of theft often increases over the holiday period. We will continue to work closely with NSW Police over the holiday period to raise awareness on ways people can protect themselves from opportunistic crime.”

NSW Police Corporate Spokesperson on Crime Prevention, Chief Superintendent Brad Shepherd, reminded everyone in the community to stay safe this summer.

“Your home is the place where you and your family can enjoy safety and security, and you can ensure this by taking a few simple steps that lower the risk of having a break-in,” Chief Supt Shepherd said.

“Easy measures like fitting security doors, securing windows, activating your alarm, and locking gates or sheds make your property far less likely to be targeted by opportunistic criminals.”

For residents remaining in Sydney over the summer, the Safe Space and Take Kare Ambassador programs will continue to operate from 10pm to 4am to ensure people get home safely.

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