THE Shire of Northam has reminded residents to protect their homes these school holidays to prevent burglaries.
“Thieves target TVs and stereos, as well as credit cards, cash, outdoor furniture, tools and computer equipment because they can easily be resold or traded,” chief executive Jason Whiteaker said.
He said tips to protect homes included locking up, installing motion-activated lighting and not “advertising” holiday plans on social media.
“After purchasing new electrical goods, ensure the packaging is not visible,” he said.
“Lock up tools, gardening equipment and ladders, as these can be used to gain access to your home.
“Make sure your house looks occupied by leaving lights on at night if you are out or asking a trusted friend or family member to occasionally drop by to check on your property.
“Organise for Australia Post to hold your mail while you are away.”