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Locks and key fobs are likely to be removed from most households as a result of the state’s new laws that make it illegal for people to lock doors.
Key points:New laws mean many households will have to lock their doors to be able to access the internet and to communicate with friends and familyIf you are not allowed to lock a door, it can make you a target for burglarsIt is illegal to lock your door without first getting a court orderThe Government has also proposed a new $5 levy on homebuyers to help fund door-locking schemesThe Government says people should lock their door if they are a victim of crime or if they feel their home is in danger.
The laws came into force in January, with a new offence of “unauthorised entry” introduced to outlaw any “unlawful entry” of a property.
People caught breaking the laws face a $5,000 fine and up to six months in jail.
Key Points:New offences of “unauthorised entry’ are introduced to criminalise many people who break the locks and keyfobs that secure doorsThe new laws are meant to help tackle burglaryThe Government estimates the number of people who lock their own doors could be cut in half by removing the offending locksIt comes as many of the country’s largest internet service providers have said they are “open to the idea” of introducing door-lock locks to meet demand.
The Federal Government said it was still reviewing the new laws.
The Government said the legislation was part of the package of measures announced in response to the “crackdown on home burglary”.”
If you’re not allowed, you’re likely to have to pay the $5 fee, which will help fund some of the door- lock schemes and lock down your home if you feel your home is being targeted for burglary,” the Government said in a statement.”
If someone has been caught breaking your door, you may need to take your property into the court system.
“In a statement, a spokeswoman for the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) said the new measures would allow “every person in Australia” to access access the web and access the social media and email services.”
There is no reason why this should be a problem for some people,” she said.”
The legislation does not mean everyone will have access to the internet or other online services, it simply requires them to get a court warrant.
“Key points :The Government is also proposing a $500 levy on homeowners to help pay for door-locksSome internet providers have already been experimenting with door-locked homesThe Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is also examining the issue of door-to-door accessThe new legislation also means people will be able have the option of having the locks replaced with something cheaper, such as a sliding door lock, in case the locks fail.”
Our first priority is to provide people with a safe and secure home,” Minister for Consumer Affairs and Media Sinclair Lewis said in the statement.
Key facts:The new measures will mean many people will have the door locks removed.
The changes come as the number and number of Australians who lock doors has soared, with about half of Australians locking their doors in the last year, according to figures from the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC).
In 2014-15, the number was around 11.3 per cent of households, and in 2015-16 it was more than 12.4 per cent.
This was also around the time of the Great Recession, which saw people lock their homes, and was blamed for a rise in burglaries.”
We are making a significant commitment to help make it harder for people who are not criminals to commit burglaries,” Mr Lewis said.
The government is currently considering whether to introduce a new levy on homes, to help cover the costs of the new locks and other related measures.