Police are growing frustrated with the number of homeowners who do not lock their property, leaving it open to opportunistic thieves, after a spike in break-ins recently.
South Metropolitan community engagement co-ordinator Paul Trimble has urged homeowners to lock up, even when at home.
�People need to realise that even when they are home, they are still at risk of being a victim of burglary,� Sergeant Trimble said.
Sgt Trimble said thieves would often knock on the door to see if anyone was home.
�Most thieves when committing a burglary during the day will knock on the door first to make sure no one is home before breaking in so they don�t get caught,� he said.
�That is why it is important to answer the door if someone knocks on it.
�If you don�t, they could think no one is home and break in.�
Sgt Trimble said at night, thieves were unlikely to force entry into a property but walk along streets checking for locked doors and windows.
�I agree that it�s those committing these offences that should be getting all the blame and targeted, but we, myself included, have a part to play by keeping our own properties and valuables secure,� he said.
�In a perfect world, we could leave our doors and windows unlocked but unfortunately it�s not, so we have to take steps to reduce our own risk of becoming a victim.�
If you see any suspicious activity, call police on 131 444.