Help avoid burglaries

Here are some tips from New Zealand Police that can help stop you becoming a crime victim and burglary statistic.

By taking a few minutes to 'think like a thief' you can identify the tell-tale signs of security weaknesses in your home or place of business.

The key safety messages are:

Home owners:

  • Lock your doors and windows.
  • Record the serial numbers of expensive electronic items and photograph these and other valuables
  • Keep valuables out of sight i.e. jewellery, cameras, electronic games.
  • Install an alarm system.
  • Get sensor lights fitted.
  • Keep garden sheds and garages locked when not in use - and make sure those ladders are tucked away.
  • Keep hedges or plants around doors and windows well trimmed - don't give the burglar a place to hide.
  • Stop your mail and paper if you are going away or arrange for someone to collect it.
  • Keep the house secure when you are out in the garden or yard.
  • Use a chain on the door - don't open the door to strangers, unless the chain is attached.
  • Note down registrations of any suspicious vehicles - often burglars will scope out a place beforehand.
  • Join or form a Neighbourhood Support Group.

  • Commercial premises:

  • Have a monitored alarm system in place.
  • Install CCTV camera or surveillance system.
  • Report any incidents or break-ins no matter how minor.
  • Record serial numbers of electronic items and other expensive goods
  • Property mark your equipment.

  • If you are closing down for the holiday period or an extended time frame, have someone check the premises regularly for break-ins. The offender may be tempted to come back more than once if they know no-one is checking!

    For more information please visit the New Zealand Police website www.police.govt.nz

    Click here to download the leaflet "Avoid getting burgled".

    Police are always interested in suspicious activity. If you see a crime being committed, call 111.

    Don’t hesitate to call the Police to report something out of the ordinary (Aucklander ring 302 6400).


    Ready Dial 111 to report a crime in action.