Home and Personal Safety
Community Safety Starts with You
Property Marking with UV Pens
Free UV pens are available to City of Rockingham residents to assist in marking their property to prevent theft.
The program has been running since 2014 when the City embarked on a community safety and crime prevention initiative to deliver a UV pen to every rateable residential property in the City of Rockingham. With glowing support from Western Australia Police, the initiative was aimed at reducing the chance of burglary and increasing the retrieval of stolen property. It also assists police to catch burglars.
To ensure the most effective marking of your property, residents are encouraged to mark their valuables near the serial number on the item, if there is one, using the state listed on your driver's licence and your driver's licence number. For example, WA1234567. If you not have a driver's licence, use your passport or Medicare number, or those details of a close relative.
Full instructions about how to mark your property can be found in the table below, along with a downloadable sign that can be placed in your windows to notify potential intruders that all valuable property has been marked.
Property registers are the perfect addition for property marking. A printable property register is available on the Neighbourhood Watch website for you to print and complete. This register should be kept in a safe place and a copy sent to your insurance company. For items that cannot be marked, such as jewellery, photographs should be taken and stored with your property register.
If you would like a free UV pen, please contact the City on 9528 0333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (limited supply available).
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Emergency Information and Education
For information about fire safety, emergency contact numbers and how to prepare yourself and your household for fire and other emergencies, please visit the Emergency Management page.
If you require additional information or have questions regarding fire and emergency readiness, please call the City’s Emergency Services Team on 9528 0333. In the case of fire or other life threatening emergency, please call 000 immediately.
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Tips on making your home more secure
• Make sure all doors and windows are locked before you leave
• Keep fly screens locked when you are in your home (remember, fly screens stop flies not people.)
• Never leave keys outside your home
• Cut back shrubbery around the house to ensure natural surveillance
• Make sure your house number can be seen clearly from the road
• Keep the area around your home well lit at night
• Keep garden sheds, garages and side gates locked
• Make sure any tools or ladders are locked away
• Keep your post and meter boxes locked
• Install a burglar alarm
• Have all your valuables engraved and property marked
• Always keep money, handbags and keys out of view away from doors and windows
• Never give personal details over the phone
• Fit a door viewer and never let strangers into your home.
For more information on how to reduce opportunities for crime around your home, please refer to the crime prevention through environmental design brochures below.
Help keep your home safe while on holidays with the following simple steps.
Register for the Holiday Watch service with SmartWatch
The SmartWatch team can keep an eye on your house if you are going to be away for travel or work for more than one night. They will look for signs of damage to property, suspicious activities or incidents that occur. They will report any observations or findings to you and/or the police.
There is no cost for this service and the Holiday Watch service can be booked for a maximum of three months.
To book Holiday Watch for your home call the City of Rockingham on 9528 0333.
Make friends with your neighbours
Becoming friends with your neighbours is mutually beneficial. Ask a neighbour to collect mail for you while you’re away, and to keep an eye out for any leaflets or newspapers left on your doorstep.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
Burglars like privacy. They can be deterred from targeting your house by establishing a clear line of sight from the house to the street. This encourages “natural surveillance” and makes your home a harder target. Remove any bushes or shrubs near an entrance that could help a thief be hidden from a passer-by’s view. For more information visit the Making it tougher for crooks or download the handy CPTED checklist below.
Avoid climbing points
Try not to keep items that can be used as climbing points lying around your home or near your fence. For example bins near your fence could be used to climb over a locked gate.
Check your locks
One of the more obvious tips is to make sure your security is up to date. Ensure all your door and window locks are in good working order and remember to double check that all your doors and windows are locked before you leave.
Safety Subsidy Scheme
The City has revised the previous Security Subsidy Scheme, and now has three schemes to offer residents on low-income pensioner or concession cards to feel safer, more secure and connected in their homes. For further information please see Subsidy Scheme.
Motor Vehicle Parking Safety – Tips and Hints
To burglars like Benny, a parked car is a golden opportunity. Parked cars are very popular with thieves as they can quickly break in and take people’s valuables. There are some simple steps that can be taken to make your vehicle less enticing to thieves.
Benny hates it when people:
- wind up their car windows and lock their car doors
- remove all valuables from their car, or conceal any valuables they cannot bring with them within the cars boot
- remove the GPS, including the GPS holder (and mobile phone holder) and wipe the suction cup mark off their windows
- park in a visible, well-lit section of the car park
- place a dash cloth or sticker on the dashboard or windows of the car informing potential thieves that all valuables have been removed from the vehicle.
For information on how to request a free community safety dash cloth, visit the Creating a Safer Community Page.
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