Dual approach to security

"Start with quality locks and complement these with smart devices for an extra level of protection and peace of mind,” Mr Price said.

"Start with quality locks and complement these with smart devices for an extra level of protection and peace of mind,” Mr Price said.

Crime Stoppers is urging homeowners to remember the basics and start home security with quality locks these holidays.

Crime Stoppers has partnered with lock experts, Lane Security, and Cammy – an app-based security solutions provider, to prepare the Break-in bustersreport. The report surveyed 1000 Australians on their security practices and beliefs in a world where Internet of Things (IoT) technology allows homeowners to see and act on security concerns in real-time.

“IoT devices that give homeowners the power to self-monitor their property through their smart phone or tablet are changing the game, putting homeowners on the front foot and burglars on the back,” CEO of Crime Stoppers NSW Peter Price AM said. “However, without reliable working locks on doors and windows homeowners are leaving themselves vulnerable.”

According to the Break-in busters report, 94 per cent of homeowners currently rely on locks as their primary home security measure. Yet, 35 per cent say they’re not confident in their locks and 32 per cent worry their doors and windows make them an easy target for intruders.

For almost four in ten households, a home security upgrade is on the to-do list (37 per cent), however, cost (57 per cent) and confusion over the best way to approach security (14 per cent) appears to be holding people back from safeguarding their homes.

Of those surveyed, 51 per cent would choose to strengthen their home security with a lock upgrade with almost equal support (48 per cent) seen for IoT self-monitored systems. 

Leading security company, Lane Security, explains that upgrading your security does not have to be a difficult process and making a few simple changes can help homeowners avoid becoming another crime statistic.

Survey respondents almost equally chose a lock upgrade or an IoT self-monitored system as a way to upgrade their home security.

Survey respondents almost equally chose a lock upgrade or an IoT self-monitored system as a way to upgrade their home security.

“The best place for homeowners to start when it comes to improving their home security is by upgrading the locks on doors and windows. A basic deadlock can cost as little as $30 and take as little as ten minutes to replace. Deadlocks or deadbolts are a security essential as their flat design means they cannot be gripped or levered open,” Lane Security spokesperson Dean Beardmore said. “We also recommend that locks are replaced every ten years and that regular maintenance is undertaken to keep them in good working order.”

Cammy said that app-based security solutions give homeowners the ability to see and hear what is happening in their home, in real time.

“Using this technology gives homeowners a birds-eye view of their property so they can take action and even help police to track down intruders using time-stamped, video evidence,” Director of Marketing at Cammy, Louise Moule said.

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