You can reduce the chance of being burgled by applying Designing Out Crime (DOC) principles to your property. DOC is a proven crime prevention approach - the idea is to design or modify environments in ways that reduce or prevent crime.

Complete the checklist below or download our PDF version. Each tick increases your home's security.


Are bushes and trees surrounding your home regularly trimmed so there are clear views?
If you have a fence at the front of your home, does it allow clear views?
Do you have external security sensor lights?

Access Control

Are gates and doors locked at all times when not in use?
Are security measures on your gates sufficient enough to prevent forced entry?
Are your tools and ladders locked away?
Are your bins stored away from your fence so they cannot be used as a climbing aid?
Have you locked your meter box?

Territorial Reinforcement

Does your property have a clearly defined boundary? E.g. fences, changes in elevation, flooring or landscaping?
Is your street number clearly visible?
Do you have any Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) signage displayed? If not, visit the Neighbourhood Watch WA website to download printable NHW signage.
Do you have any signage displayed indicating you have an alarm?

Target Hardening (Security Measures)

Are all of your valuable items hidden?
Have you disposed of the packaging of expensive items e.g. televisions and laptops?
Have you marked and registered valuable property using a UV pen?
Do you have an inventory list with images of items that cannot be marked? If not, visit the Neighbourhood Watch WA website to download and print a Homeowner’s Property Register template.
Do you have adequate locks on all your doors and windows, including garage and shed doors?
Do you have security screens on doors and windows?
Do you have a security alarm?
Do you have a dog?

Management and Maintenance

Are trees and shrubs surrounding your property managed and maintained?
Do you report all graffiti to the City of Melville for prompt removal? If not, visit our Graffiti page to find out how to report graffiti for removal.
Are all lights surrounding your property in good working order?
Is your yard kept litter free and neat at all times?

Going on Holiday?

Consider taking additional steps to increase the safety of your home while you’re away.
Have you registered for our Holiday Watch Patrol?
Have you provided your neighbours with dates and emergency contact details?
Have you turned down the ringing volume on your landline phone?
Have you given your spare keys to a trusted family member, neighbour or friend, instead of hiding them outside?
Have you asked a neighbour to collect your mail each day and bring your bins out on your regular bin night?
Are you conscious of your social media presence, and do you keep detailed holiday plans (including dates) offline?

Important Contact Numbers

In an emergency always call 000.

For non-life threatening situations when police assistance is required, call the WA Police Force on 131 444. More information on when to call 000 and when to call 131 444, is available on the WA Police Force website.

To anonymously report suspicious behaviour and crime, contact Crime Stoppers WA on 1800 333 000 or at

For CSS attendance to observe, monitor and report suspicious activity to the police, call 1300 653 643.

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