Your guide to burglary prevention

How to secure your home against burglary

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A guide to burglary prevention

Updated March 19, 2024
Written by Kenneth Young
Reviewed by Adrian Taylor

Expert tips for burglary prevention in the home

Our resident home and contents insurance expert, Adrian Taylor, has helpful tips for protecting the home against burglary.

Adrian Taylor
Executive General Manager – General Insurance

Have security devices installed around home

Install security systems around your home if you can – you might even get a discount on your home insurance policy.

Be careful not to advertise your holiday online

Reconsider what you share online. Posting your holiday plans and dates you’ll be away on social media will alert anyone who reads it to when to expect the house to be empty.

Make sure your house is securely locked up

Lock your doors and windows when not at home.

Keep all valuable out of sight through windows

Don’t leave valuables in plain sight (like in the windows for passers-by to see).

Leave your house to looked lived-in

If you’re going away, make your home look like it’s still being lived in – have lights on timers, mail picked up and lawns maintained by friends/neighbours.

How many Australian homes are broken into?

A man installing a security camera.According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), break-ins have increased for the first time in 10 years, with an estimated 2% of Australian homeowners (194,100) having experienced at least one break-in during 2021-2022.1

The ABS also estimated that in two-thirds of home burglary incidents, personal items like jewellery, clothes and handbags are reported stolen.2

How to prevent a burglary in your home

Thieves are looking for an easy target. So, the more difficult your home is to burgle, the less likely you are to be targeted. Crime-prevention measures and these burglary prevention tips and tricks can help you avoid break-ins.

Bolster your doors and windows

Replace the locks

Know your neighbours

Store high-cost items out of sight

Install a security camera

Fit a security alarm

Be vigilant with keys

How to make your home less of a target

For the most part, thieves are opportunistic – they look for easy targets. While deadbolts, motion sensors and home security systems can help keep your home safe, there are some simple initiatives that can reduce your chances of being broken into.

Do your housework

Lock up your home

Make your place look occupied (even when you’re not there)

Don’t flaunt your belongings

Manage your lighting

Home and contents insurance

How to secure your home with the right insurance

Does home and contents insurance cover burglaries?

Will my belongings be replaced if they’re stolen?

What if my belongings are taken from me while I’m outside of home?

Meet our contents insurance expert, Adrian Taylor

Adrian Taylor
Executive General Manager – General Insurance

As the Executive General Manager of General Insurance at Compare the Market, Adrian Taylor works to make it easier for homeowners, renters and landlords to protect their home and contents. He believes it’s important for all residents (whether they rent, own or lease) to have adequate financial cover for their property and belongings in case the worse should happen.

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1 Australian Bureau of Statistics – Break-ins increase after record low. Published 2023. Accessed 16 June 2023.
2 Australian Bureau of Statistics – Crime Victimisation, Australia – 2021-22. Published 2023. Accessed 8 March 2023.