Melbourne City and Moreland Councils Accept $250,000 CCTV Funding offered by the State Government

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In April this year The Age reported that, the State Government offered Melbourne City Council a $250,000 grant for installing CCTV cameras in “6 black spots’’,”. The State Government also offered the same sum for the installation of CCTV cameras to Moreland Council, the municipality where Jill Meagher was murdered. Initially Melbourne City Council was hesitant to accept the $250,000 funding. This is because, as Cr Richard Foster pointed out, there is allegedly no evidence that extra surveillance would enhance public safety. He also mentioned the need to maintain the devices, which would be an additional expense for the council. Conversely Council Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has been very supportive about the proposed installation of new CCTV cameras. The Herald Sun quoted him with the following statement: “If (Victoria) Police have said, ‘put CCTV cameras there’, then in my view, let’s do it.” Other councilors have expressed their opinions on the matter, with some raising a motion to make a more in-depth assessment on the prospect of adding additional security surveillance cameras in the city. There were questions on how the police have identified the hot spots and the links between video monitoring and the incidence of crime. Councilor Cathy Oke said that while she is definitely “not opposed to” security cameras, she believes that they are not the only preventive measure available. She went onto state that “there needs to be more research done into analyzing how to improve safety through other alternatives, such as lighting, before considering the installation of CCTV systems”. However, at Moreland Council, there was little resistance to the CCTV funding offer with the...

How to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Leaks in Your Home

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The CNN has branded CO “winter’s silent killer” as virtually all households use more gas for longer periods during the cold season and are thus more exposed to the risk of inhaling and being poisoned by carbon monoxide. This is not to discourage homeowners like you from using your gas pipelines to heat your residence. It’s to warn you to be vigilant about certain risks that may affect your health significantly. Take the case of Tyler and Chase Robinson, 6 and 8 years old respectively. In May 2010, the boys from Shepparton woke in the middle of the night and went to their mother’s room to sleep at her side. When Vanessa Robinson, the boys’ mother, woke up the next afternoon, she noticed something odd about her sons. Aside from that, she felt severe pain in her arm. When the paramedics came, they found that the boys had passed away. Their autopsy report revealed that the cause of their death was carbon monoxide poisoning. It was also discovered that a faulty wall heater was the source of the leak. Mrs. Robinson herself is left with a numb arm, a consequence of nerve damage brought about by CO poisoning. Mrs. Robinson and her sons were living in a rented flat. Recently, her landlord admitted that the heater in the rented property “has not been serviced for more than 4 years.” The carbon monoxide is dangerous because, according to Dr. Howard Frumkin of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “it binds with the red blood cells in our bodies and prevents them from carrying oxygen.” This can then lead to...

Moving: Keeping Your Eyes on Your Property at All Times

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Home security must not be compromised even as you are preparing to move to a new house. May people worry that they have so much to do and so many things to pack! However it is in your own best interest not to incur any more costs in the process. After all, moving itself is already a costly event. We suggest that you don’t push the expenses further by neglecting your possessions and losing one or more items due to negligence, forgetfulness, or theft. Before You Begin It is very important that you begin preparing around three months before the actual relocation. Take stock of all your valuables. List all of them in a small notebook so that you have something that you can easily refer to. Once you have written down all the details – quantity, type, and brief description of item – proceed to planning how you will transport them. In addition, you should check the interiors and exteriors of your residence for any security risks. This practical list should guide you in accomplishing this properly. Also, notify your banks about your move and your new address. Ask them not to accept transaction processing requests without notifying you directly. Send a note to the post office as well and let them know you are changing addresses. Most of all, let your family and friends know about your transition and ask them to message you privately when they want to know more about your move. Having them discuss the matter openly on social networking accounts may trigger online prowlers near your old or new place to target you....

Eversafe April 2013 newsletter

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We hope you all had an enjoyable and safe Easter break! Daylight savings ends this month, which means less daylight hours. Typically, this leads to an increase in the number of break-ins. If your place is not secure enough, it’s possible that an unwelcome guest may pay you a short visit one of these days. Don’t delay on improving the security of your house or office! Protect your home or business with Eversafe Products today! This month, we participated in the Home Ideas (HIA) Melbourne Home Show from April 10 to 13 as an exhibitor. This is one of the biggest home improvement and renovation industry trade shows in Australia. Respected experts and professionals in this field will be in attendance and Eversafe is proud to have had a stand in this prestigious event. For more information, visit the HIA Home Show site at www.hiahomeshow.com.au. Since the past month, CCTV has been mentioned in the media more frequently. Melbourne’s very own Herald Sun has reported of the very important role that CCTV played in capturing Jill Meagher’s killer. These events have shown how invaluable CCTVs are and why they should be installed in every establishment or home. Don’t let your own house or business be caught out! Make sure you have all the security measures in place to minimise or eliminate safety risks. You can never be too careful these days. With that, we at Eversafe are proud to announce a new line of security products that will help make your home or office a safe place to live and work in. We will be presenting them to you...

CCTVs Can Decrease Incidences of Bullying in Schools

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According to The Daily Telegraph, “one in four children from Year 4 to Year 9” is bullied. The last few years of primary school is the period where the said abuse is at its peak, with 32 percent of the students victimized. With those in Year 8, 29 percent of them have reported being subjected to attacks. For the Year 9 ones, it has been found that nearly half of them are either bullying others or are being bullied. It sounds quite alarming, doesn’t it? However, it’s the facts and they are real. They have been collected by a research group commissioned by the Government to do the survey. Although this situation is definitely not good, the great news is that it can be controlled and reduced. What’s even more encouraging is that the essential solutions are not very complicated – one of the effective ones simply involves the installation of surveillance cameras. Academic institutions that were given funding by the government through the Secure Schools Program spent their allocation on lighting, fencing, window improvements, and CCTV. Not long after the installation of 57 cameras, one high school announced a 70% reduction in bullying, as reported through The Daily Telegraph. How about your own learning centre? Does it have the surveillance equipment that will help you prevent acts of abuse or address them properly? Of course, you don’t install CCTV cameras merely for the purpose of putting a stop to bullying. Setting up a cutting-edge security network that allows efficient monitoring of your premises will also help you mitigate other safety risks or undesirable behaviours such as vandalism and...