Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

Safety in your home and around your local area

Security at home

27 February 2018 –

Our Stafford community is a great place to live and it’s important that we keep our homes and public spaces as safe and enjoyable as possible by practicing some simple security measures.

Security at home

House break and enters are one of the most common crimes. In many instances house break-ins are crimes of opportunity with entry gained through an open or unlocked door or window.

Good home security involves a few simple steps that should be followed even when you’re at home:

  • Remember to key lock all doors, and remove the key from the lock.
  • Place the key in a safe location, near the door, in case you need to leave in an emergency.
  • Keep cash, keys and valuables out of sight and out of easy reach.
  • Windows need to be carefully secured too.
  • It is easy to leave windows open in summer to keep our homes cool. Consider installing security screens on windows that are easily accessible from outside so you can leave them open with peace of mind.
  • Get to know your neighbours – exchange telephone numbers and keep and eye on each other’s homes.

For more information on home security visit https://www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/cscp/homeSecurity/default.htm

Reporting matters to Police

Have you ever come across a situation that you think is not quite right?

Did you report the matter to police or continue on your way, ignoring your gut instinct?

We urge all community members to trust their instincts and act by reporting suspicious behaviour to police immediately.

Small pieces of information reported by our local residents and businesses can help keep our local area safe.

In an emergency: Phone Triple Zero (000) immediately if a crime is happening now or if a life is threatened.

Non-urgent matters: If you need police assistance, but it’s not an emergency, phone Policelink on 131 444 (24 hours 7 days).

Information about a crime — Crime Stoppers: You can provide anonymous information about any criminal activity to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 (24 hours 7 days).

You may also like to download the Policelink online form via this link: https://www.police.qld.gov.au/apps/reports/suspiciousActivities

The form is forwarded to local police for investigation and lets community members report suspicious activity and also upload an image.

Signs of terrorism: You can report possible signs of terrorism to the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400 (24 hours 7 days).

Do you have a personal safety plan?

What does personal safety mean to you? Do you have a plan? Without even realising it many people already have an informal safety plan in place, such as carrying a phone, letting someone know when you are expected home or having a spare tyre in the car.

The Queensland Police encourage members of the public to think about everyday situations they may be in, and to come up with strategies to make you feel secure.

The core personal safety strategies that they suggest are:

  • Being committed
  • Be confident
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Trust and act on instincts
  • Be assertive
  • Develop a safety network

For more in depth safety information you can download the Queensland Police’s Safer Living booklet.