Quarter of Aussies leave their front door unlocked

Do you leave your front door unlocked?

New research from finder.com.au has found that of the 9.9 million front doors across the country, nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of them are left unlocked.

The comparison website surveyed 2,013 Australians and found that fewer than one in three households (30 per cent) use deadbolts on the front door and just over half (53 per cent) have locks installed on their windows.

While the majority of the time it is probably harmless to leave a door or window unlocked, home security is important and as Kate Browne, Personal Finance Expert at finder.com.au pointed out “burglary happens everywhere – even in the safest neighbourhoods”.

While it may not come as a shock that many people are complacent when it comes to home security, alarmingly just 49 per cent of Australians have home and contents insurance.

This research shows that many Australian homes may be vulnerable to theft even though a few simple precautions may be all that’s needed to prevent it from occurring.

In the lead up to Christmas in particular when many people go away on holidays, it’s well worth thinking about your home security and what is being done to protect your valuable possessions.

A few simple home security tips:

  • Keep all exterior doors, windows and gates locked, even when you’re at home.
  • Install screens on windows and doors for an added layer of security.
  • Use sensor lighting to alert you to people entering your front or backyard.
  • Consider using security cameras or alarms to deter thieves.
  • Place particularly valuable possessions in a safe.
  • Always make it look like somebody is home.
  • Take out home and contents insurance in case the worst happens.

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