Get serious about security this silly season

Friday, 21 November 2014

Christmas is a prime time for break and enters and theft. So as the silly season fast approaches the Australian Security Industry Association Ltd (ASIAL) is urging home and business owners to get serious about security.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) there were 203,438 unlawful entry with intent offences recorded in 2013 and almost 70 per cent of them involved the taking of property.

NSW had the highest number of incidents, recording 58,584. Victoria and Queensland followed, with 45,122 and 41,289 respectively. Then: Western Australia – 35,438; South Australia – 14,354; Tasmania – 3,484; Northern Territory – 3,098; ACT – 2,069.

While it is a year round issue affecting both home and business owners, ASIAL CEO Bryan de Caires explained Christmas is a prime time for theft due to greater ease of accessibility. In fact, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) data reveals that over the past five years in NSW more than 23,000 break and enters have been reported to police in December alone.

“During the warmer weather many of us become more relaxed about security, leaving doors and windows open – an open invitation for criminals. It’s also a time when many go away on holiday and leave their homes or businesses unattended,” Mr de Caires said.

“The good news is that the number of break and enters has been trending down over the past five years, which could partly be due to people heeding the warnings and taking extra precautions to secure their property and deter thieves. However, it is important not to be complacent.

“To assist home and business owners in preparing for the holiday season we’ve developed some simple tips to improve security. For those looking to find a security expert to assist with their needs, we have also produced a short video campaign, using the story of Little Red Riding Hood to highlight the importance of only using licenced and reputable professionals.”

Watch the video here.

Six steps to improved security:

  • Be sensible on social media – Change your security settings to private; don’t list your street address on your profile; don’t advertise that you’re going away; consider sharing your holidays when you return home; be mindful of the images you post; disable location services.
  • Inform the right people of your absence – Ask trusted neighbours to keep an eye on your premises and report suspicious behaviour to the police; contact your alarm monitoring centre.
  • Don’t look like you’re away – Put your mail on hold or have it collected; ask a neighbour to park in your driveway; tell suppliers not to deliver during your shut down period.
  • Make access difficult – Remove items from outside and around the premises that may be used as makeshift ladders; ensure all building windows, doors and other access points are secure; keep valuables out of sight; install motion-sensor lights.
  • Maintain your alarm system – Ensure your alarm is maintained in good working order by a licenced security professional.
  • Upgrade your defences – Get a licenced security professional to review your security and provide you with some options.

About ASIAL: As the peak body for security professionals, ASIAL is committed to supporting its members, promoting standards and safeguarding public interests.

Media contact: Kirsty Jagger, 1300 127 425, communications@asial.com.au.


[Source: ASIAL www.asial.com.au]