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We need to do our best to make sure our family and our belongings are safe when we're not home. Here are five basic home security tips that'll give you much more peace of mind.

Stay alert with sensor lighting

It's worth installing security lighting in your front yard—and maybe even your backyard too.

Sensor lights light up as people approach your home, which can deter potential burglars as they'll be in plain sight.

They're also a practical addition to your home as they help your visitors see where they're going at night time.

Outdoor sensor light

Install door locks to prevent theft

While most doors come with locks, often these can be broken into easily. Luckily, there's many different types of locks that can significantly boost the security of your home.

One of these types is a digital door lock (pictured above). Digital locks are secure and convenient as all you need to do is remember a code to unlock them. For maximum security, it's best to pair a digital lock with a regular lock.

Digital door locks also come in handy when renting or using house-sharing services as the code can be changed as you please, eliminating the need to physically give someone a key.

Should someone manage to break into your home, a deadlock is most suitable for hinged doors and does a great job of preventing burglars from escaping with large items.

Door lock with number code

Answer the door safely with a screen door

While we're on the topic of doors, you should also consider installing a screen door.

A screen door is a simple way to provide your home with an extra layer of security. When someone knocks on the door and you're not sure who it is—you'll be protected, just in case.

If you install an intercom system as well, you'll be able to see who's at the door without even having to open it.

Or you can simply use an old-fashioned door viewer paired with a door chain—two door accessories that have stood the test of time.

Screen door

Install cameras and alarms

These days, many observation systems and alarms can be linked to your smartphone, allowing you to keep tabs on your beloved home at all times.

While an actual camera is ideal, sometimes a dummy camera is enough to keep unwanted people away.

Security camera

Protect your valuables with a safe

No matter how many precautions you take, sometimes people persist and find a way to break in. A safe is a great way to protect your valuables from theft.

There's a wide range of safes, including those that are waterproof and fire-resistant, which can be used to protect your valuables if you live in an area that's prone to fires or floods.

A hot tip is to bolt the safe to a wall or floor, so that it can't be easily removed and tampered with later.

An open safe showing valuables inside

Safeguard your home

For more safety and security ideas for your home, check out our D.I.Y. Advice.

 

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.