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Illawarra - Police say holiday security essential

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As the school holidays have arrived, Lake Illawarra Police are urging the community to ensure they protect their home from opportunistic thieves.

As many families traditionally head off on holidays, Illawarra residents are reminded to take some time to assess their home security before they head away. Community Safety Officer, Sergeant Peter Northey said break-ins are usually an opportunistic crime, and criminals will target homes with poor security.

“In the last-minute rush to get ready for a well-earned break, it can be easy to forget the basics of home safety and security,” Sergeant Northey said. “Whether you are going away for a day or a few weeks, you need to secure your home properly to avoid a financial – and emotional – disaster.

“Most of the recommended precautions are very simple, particularly just checking to make sure doors and windows are locked and secured – an unlocked window in an empty home, full of valuables, is an opportunistic thief’s dream. “I’d also recommend limiting what you post on social media about your holiday, especially if your home will be unattended for an extended period.

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