Home and property security

Car security

Motor vehicle theft impacts upon our livelihoods, our ability to work, socialise, travel and complete our daily tasks.

There are practical steps you can take to make your car a less-appealing target to would-be thieves.

For more information, download the Car security fact sheet (PDF 4.4 MB).

Stop Sneak Theft campaign

Did you know:

  • 7 in 10 cars are stolen with their own keys.
  • Offenders will sneak into homes by taking advantage of unlocked doors and windows.
  • Offenders look for keys left in easily accessible places such as on a key hook or in a bowl near the door.
  • Often the homeowner is present, but unaware of the thief entering the home.
  • For this reason, we use the term ‘sneak thefts’ to describe these types of offences.
  • In most cases, thieves will actively avoid coming into contact with the homeowner. In fact, in 95 per cent of incidents the thief and homeowner never meet face to face.

To protect yourself from being a victim of this type of crime:

  • POP keys out of sight,.
  • LOCK all doors and windows and make sure everyone in the family is doing the same.
  • STOP sneak theft.

Find out more on the carsafe website. 

Safety around the home

People who commit break-ins are often opportunistic, meaning they will only commit a crime if the opportunity presents itself, like an open door or window or if valuables are within public view.

The best way to assess your home is to look at it through the eyes of a potential burglar. The following fact sheet is intended to help you find steps you can take to reduce the opportunity for a crime to occur in and around your home.

For more information, download the Security around the home fact sheet (PDF 160 KB).

Protecting your business

There are many types of business crime, the most common being:

  • shoplifting
  • robbery
  • burglary
  • malicious damage (i.e. graffiti and vandalism)
  • fraud.

The cost of these crimes on your business can extend far beyond the financial impact and may also affect the reputation of your business / brand and future sales.

It is important to identify, assess and put strategies in place to help reduce the risk of your business being impacted by crimes. The greater the likelihood of an offender being seen, challenged, or caught, the less likely it is that your business will be targeted.

Applying CPTED principles to your business may not eliminate crime, but it may help you to identify changes to your business to improve safety and security

For more information, download the Business crime prevention through environmental design fact sheet (PDF 8.2 KB) and Incident reporting for businesses fact sheet (PDF 1.37 MB).

Construction crime prevention

Construction site crime is expensive, can delay project schedules and can also give your business a bad reputation!

Construction sites can often be 'easy targets' by opportunistic thieves as they can lack proper security and loss prevention practices.

Secure your tools

Leaving tools or materials laying around be an open invitation for thieves to help themselves.

If you have trouble remembering to lock your tools or jobsite, consider setting an alarm on your phone each day as a reminder.

For more information, download the Construction site crime prevention fact sheet (PDF 283 KB).

Frauds and scams

Every year, scams cost Australians, businesses and the economy hundreds of millions of dollars and cause emotional harm to victims and their families.

The best way to protect yourself is through awareness and education.

The Little Black Book of Scams is recognised internationally as an important tool for consumers and small businesses to learn about scams including:

  • the most common scams to watch out for
  • the different ways scammers can contact you
  • the tools scammers use to trick you
  • the warning signs
  • how to protect yourself
  • where you can find help.

Individuals and community organisations can place an order for hard copies of The little black book of scams by emailing publishing.unit@accc.gov.au or by calling their Infocentre on 1300 302 502.