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Home Security in NZ. A quick snapshot.

26 July 2017

We’ll be there for you if the unexpected happened at your place – but as with most things, prevention is far better than cure. So, we’ve dipped into our Home Security Survey for a few facts and created some helpful tips to keep your home, safe and secure.

63% of break-ins happen when we’re away for less than 24 hours. 

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Burglars are opportunists, so lock your tools and ladders away in the garage and keep your snatch-and-grab valuables out of sight.

It’s surprising then, that only 55% of us actually turn the alarm on every time we leave the house – even for short trips. 

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The first step is having a quality alarm installed in your home and using it. Once it’s installed, give us a call – using the right alarm can reduce your premium.

Men prefer to use an electronic alarm, while women are more likely to trust their canine pal to sound the alarm. 

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Home security apps give you the ability to monitor your home from your smartphone (and keep an eye on the dog!)

In rural areas, dogs are a popular security measure, while dead-bolted doors and window locks are the go-to option for city dwellers.

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Burglar-proof your home by giving locks the once-over and trimming trees and shrubs so they’re no longer good hiding places. 

Auckland is New Zealand’s most security-conscious city, with the highest number of houses with security per capita.

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If you’re gardening out the back, it’s a good idea to lock the front door. And if you’re at home on your own, it’s quick and easy to flick the latch for added safety.

When it’s time for a holiday, 63% of us agree it’s a good idea to ask a friend to collect the mail and keep an eye on the house – even though most of us think a house sitter is more effective. 

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When you go away, make sure your home looks ‘lived in’ – put on a lamp timer and ask a neighbour to park their car in your driveway.

85% of Kiwis lock up whenever we leave the house, even if we’re just popping down the road. 

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Put a Tile device on your keyring, that way you can safely track your keys and confirm if they’ve been stolen.

20% of us leave a spare key hidden somewhere on the property. 

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Spare keys can be a big help when you’re locked out, but hiding them under the doormat or a pot plant is asking for trouble – it’s much safer to leave them with a trusted neighbour.

Despite the obvious risk, some of us still post on social media that we’re not at home. 

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We all love sharing a few holiday snaps with our friends. But before you hit send, just make sure you’re posting only to your close circle and not sharing with the wider web. 

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