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News Articles about Home Security

Keyless Entry solves the hide and seek syndrome

A national survey has revealed that a quarter of Australians are engaging in a high risk game of hide and seek with potential burglars by hiding spare keys in their backyards. Despite nearly half of house break-ins showing no forced signs of entry last year*, the hidden spare key strategy is still proving a popular choice for Australians. The survey, commissioned by Lockwood revealed that the garden shed was the top choice for hiding a key, with the ‘under the rock’ strategy coming in second place.  An alarming 10% of respondents admitted completely forgetting where they’d hidden their spare key , this defeating the purpose of the spare key but still leaving it out there for burglars to find.

Three quarters of Australians have been locked out of their homes in the last two years, arguably providing reason for why so many Australians favor hiding a key nearby.  Men were also named as more likely than their female counterparts to be locked out naked.  Windy weather was named as the main reason for being locked out, with doors slamming for 25% of respondents.

It’s alarming how many Australians are taking such a security risk by hiding keys on their property. Is it that we’re all just relaxed about home security? The reality is that the average Australian home burglary costs the victims in excess of $5k, so it’s not a risk to be taken lightly.  A great solution to the house lock-out is to install a keyless lock.  Technology has come a long way in recent years and Lockwood has seen a rise in sales by a third of touchpad keyless locks.  For some, it’s a struggle to get their head around the idea of not having a physical key.  In the not too distant future, however, the house key will be a thing of the past as keyless solutions become more mainstream.

The survey also revealed that the average Australian spends more than 3 hours a year searching for keys.  A surprising 82% of respondents also admitted that they carried at least one key on their key ring that they have no idea what it is for.

* Source: abc.net.au/news/2015-01-07

Survey:   Conducted by independent survey company Pure Profile – May 2015 (1034 subjects)

Apart from the safety of your home, just imagine the convenience of a keyless lifestyle with no keys to carry, lose, misplace or forget!

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Holiday break-ins: January the worst month for home burglaries, police say

Posted 7 Jan 2015, 9:03am

Holidaying Victorians have been urged not to be complacent about security, with police figures revealing January as the peak month for residential robberies.

Victoria Police said of the 28,515 home burglaries that occurred in the 2013-2014 financial year, 2,699 were reported in January, more than any other month.

Burglars also pocketed almost $100 million worth of stolen items during the period.

Home break-ins in Victoria

  • In 46 per cent of cases there were no signs of forced entry
  • In 28 per cent of cases the offender entered through a window
  • In 40 per cent of cases, the offender entered through a door
  • In 360 robberies the offender used a key to get in
  • In 21 robberies the offender was invited in

Cash, jewellery and computer equipment were the most common items targeted, according to Victoria Police.

Superintendent Tim Hansen said police had been grappling with the problem for some time.

"It's not just poor security, it's poor situational awareness of what's going on around their home and around their community," he said.

People [need] to take more responsibility for their own behaviours when making sure their houses are secure when they leave, overnight - windows and doors remain locked.