Smart ways to secure your property

LOCK IT UP: Just a few simple steps will secure your property and possessions, Cr Fraser says.
LOCK IT UP: Just a few simple steps will secure your property and possessions, Cr Fraser says.

Did you lock your door when you left the house this morning?

Do you leave lights on when you go out, to suggest that somebody might be at home?

It is surprising how many of us don’t take these simple steps to secure our house and possessions when there is nobody at home.

A dark, unlocked house really is an open invitation to a thief, and if you don’t have your valuables marked with personal identification details, it can be very hard to recover them in the event of a burglary.

These three simple anti-theft steps are the key message of a crime prevention campaign Lake Macquarie City Council is promoting: Lock it, Light it, Label it.

You don’t have to go to extremes to make your home secure.

Sure, there are sophisticated home security systems that add extra layers of protection, but the police, our partners in this crime prevention campaign along with the NSW Government, tell us that if more people paid attention to the simple things, it would significantly reduce local burglary statistics.

Council staff will be out in shopping centres over the next few months providing information about home security. We are also giving away microtag property marking kits.

To be in the running to win one of the packs, or find out more about how to secure your home, visit the campaign page on our website:  lakemac.com.au/home-security

I would also like to welcome the new police Local Area Commander, Superintendent Danny Sullivan, to Lake Macquarie. The council looks forward to working with him and his officers on this and other local crime initiatives.

ChIPfest Charlestown

It was wonderful  to see so many people in Charlestown’s Pearson Street Mall on Thursday night, enjoying the food, music and activities on offer, and sharing their ideas on how the space should look and work in future.

Council has committed more than $2 million to transform the dated mall into a modern, active public space and pilot technology hub, which will be known as the Charlestown Innovation Precinct (or ChIP). 

Our free public event, ChIPfest, was designed to help people imagine how the new-look space could function. If you didn’t make it to ChIPfest, you can share your ideas at shape.lakemac.com.au/CHIP.