Property Crime Prevention

Outsmart the offender

Although the ACT has some of the lowest property crime rates in Australia, we need to remain vigilant because property crime can affect anyone of us.

Property crime is often opportunistic in nature and everyone has a responsibility to take steps to keep their property safe.  There are many things we can do to protect ourselves against theft and crime at home, at work and when in travelling around town.

To raise awareness the ACT Government and ACT Policing, with the support of ACT Neighbourhood Watch and ACT Crime Stoppers have launched a new Property Crime Prevention campaign Outsmart the Offender.

The campaign focusses on, car theft home burglary, apartment theft, small business theft and tradie tool theft that will be spread over the next six months.

The campaign is a joint initiative being delivered as part of the Property Crime Prevention Strategy 2016-2020.

Lock up, cover up

Apartment buildings are just as vulnerable to break-ins and theft as other homes. Poor safety and security habits could put your whole building at risk. Most offenders are opportunists, and search for quick, easy entry and exit points.

In Canberra, property and goods kept in storage cages or vehicles in undercroft garages are common targets for thieves. Bicycles and other items not secured on balconies (on any level, not just on the lower levels) are also easy to steal. So it is important to Lock up, cover up your items.  

Lock and hide to protect your ride

Statistics show cars are more likely to be stolen from a car park than any other location. Your driveway and house are also target locations.

We also know thieves continue to target older vehicles that don’t have an engine immobiliser because they are easier to steal. If you have an older vehicle you should fit it with an Australian Standards approved engine immobiliser or buy a steering wheel lock. If your car was manufactured after 2001, your car will have come with an immobiliser.

For newer cars, thieves are now breaking into houses to find the car keys and then stealing the car.

Outsmart the offender by always taking your car keys with you, and when at home leave them in a safe place. If you leave home without your car, don’t leave your car keys in plain sight in your house.

Keep out a break in

Most home break ins happen during the day. Burglars usually look for doors that are unlocked and windows left open so they can grab what they can and make a quick getaway. If a burglar can’t see an easy way in, they often won’t try.

If you need assistance to make your home more secure you may be eligible for assistance from the SafeHome Program funded by ACT Government.

The SafeHome Program aims to improve home security for households in the ACT that are vulnerable to property crime.

Keep burglars out of your business 

To help slow the spread and rate of transmission of COVID-19 there has been a lot of change to the way businesses operate across Canberra.

If you aren’t operating from your usual premise or you’ve temporarily closed, here are a few things to remember at this time to minimise the risk of a break-in. Unfortunately, there will be offenders looking to take advantage of closed premises