Don’t be a victim: Crime prevention at home

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Owning a home is one long-term investment that most Australians will make at some stage in their lives. Home ownership comes with many responsibilities, security of your home being one of them. Burglars are opportunists who look for the easiest places to break into. If they see a house with lights off, the drapes open and no CCTV cameras, they know that they have a pretty good chance of a successful burglary. On the other hand, lights on, closed drapes and effective CCTV cameras are signs that the burglar should not try break into this house.  Here are a few great tips to prevent a break-in from occurring in and around your home. Inside your home If you have recently moved into a new house or apartment, have the locks changed. Make sure the key locks, pins and other secure locks on windows and doors are properly installed. Have a deadbolt installed on the back door, given that most burglars try to break-in from more-hidden areas of the home. Use automatic timers to switch indoors lights on and off if you are going to be away from home for the night. Do not hide keys under doormats or in mailboxes. Instead provide an extra key to a trusted neighbour. Outside your home Keep the lights in your yard, garage doors, pathways, porch and entrances illuminated even after you go to bed. Motion sensor lights are cost-efficient, easy to install, and an effective way to deter crime. If you have valuables in your home or live in a neighbourhood vulnerable to break-ins, consider installing an alarm system. Keep your yard...

Yes, People Can Stalk You Using Your Own Smartphone!

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Today the smart phone, thanks to the innovation taking place in this division, is not only restricted for voice services. Smart phones can perform complex activities like online transactions and other commercial applications. Due to the fact that smart phones carry a significant amount of sensitive information in them, users should take extra measures to protect their smart phones from possible misuse such as identity theft or stalking. Most smart phones today, especially iOS and Android platforms contain everything a stalker needs to keep a track of you. One of the primary ways potential stalkers can track you via your smart phone is via social engineering, which is obviously not rocket science. It is very likely you will give away your personal information or access to your smart phone to someone you trust. And if that person so desired, he or she can easily track where you are and what you’re doing. Another way stalkers gain access to your smart phone is by stealing its information. They install tracking software or malware which is then used to download your address book, or even track your location on a map. Who steals your data? Cyber criminals steal your financial information for your money, and your personal information to harass or even stalk you. They can snoop via public Wi-Fi networks when you connect to them at Cafes or airports. Another popular way of snooping is GeoTagging, where smart devices use its built-in GPS capability to show the exact location from where you took the photos. Advertisers make use of installed “apps” on your smart phone to collect your personal info....

Comparing Crimes Committed in Commercial and Residential Areas

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Overall, Australia’s crime rate has gone down over the last 15 years. This is certainly good news as it affirms the country’s effectiveness at maintaining peace and order. Of course, this does not mean we should become slack  in ensuring  our homes and businesses are safe and secure. Theft and burglaries may occur anytime of the year – and not necessarily only during the night. These offences may also be committed by anyone, anywhere, which is why you cannot afford to become complacent with your home or commercial security. We’ve previously talked about the most dangerous states in Australia. Now, let’s take a closer look at the statistics and compare data that relates to residential and commercial settings. Comparing Locations According to the figures released by the Australian Institute of Criminology, in 2011 most robberies (5,886) took place in community areas (streets, car parks, schools, and transport facilities), especially in streets and on footpaths. Following this are retail premises (3,519), which was three times more than those occurring at residential locations (908). Looking into Property Crimes Most incidences of unlawful entry with intent or burglary took place in homes, especially residential dwellings (134,269). Following this were retail locations (24,340). The least occurrences were in transport areas (408). In addition, motor vehicle theft was most prevalent in outbuildings or on residential land (24,009) but outside the main structure. The second most notorious location for crime was on the streets (18,810). Overall, residential and community areas are hotspots for this type of violation. In other instances such as theft, including shoplifting, pick pocketing, bicycle, and bag snatching, most of these events...

Australia’s Most Dangerous State in 2012 Revealed

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You’ve probably heard about the most dangerous or unfit cities in the world. But do you know which state, territory, or city in the Land Down Under has the highest crime rates? It’s hard to think of Australia this way as it’s known to be one of the most orderly, secure, and peaceful countries in the world. It’s not a place known for violence, although there’s the occasional sensational murder case taking over local headlines. But even so, you would agree when we say this is not a common occurrence. According to the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), there has been a “continuing decrease in crime levels around Australia.” This affirms the state of peace and order in the country, reflecting the efficiency with which governing laws and policies are being implemented. Despite this, the fact remains that crime DOES happen. And you would not want it to happen to YOU. If you’re planning to open a business, start a commercial venture, or move to some other part of the country, consulting this list will help you make better entrepreneurial and personal decisions, as well as boost your chances of avoiding security risks in the process. The Statistics Out of 6 states and 2 territories, New South Wales (NSW) has recorded the most number of homicide victims: 119. When you compare this with bigger states, such as Western Australia (53) and Queensland (104), this appears to be quite an eyebrow-raising figure. However, this could be attributed to some incidents not reported to authorities in some areas due to certain factors. The Australian Capital Territory logged the least number of...

Is Your Garage a Security Risk?

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Is my garage safe? Like your home you do all you can to ensure that this part of your property is burglar-proof and free from fire hazards. After all, it contains one of your most valuable possessions – your car. Not only that, you also have tools, equipment, other vehicles, or recreational devices of significant value stored within it. Have you ever considered that your garage could be a potential entry point for intruders? Or considering whether certain safety risks may arise from this area? You might just want to consider the following if you truly value home security. To prevent your garage from becoming an entry point for burglars and to make your garage secure and hazard-free, we suggest you follow these tips: Clean and Organise Interiors It’s hard to tell whether that clanking noise coming from your garage is caused by a tool falling or an intruder if your garage is disorganised. On the other hand, if everything is in its proper place and the area is cleaned regularly, you will be more suspicious if you hear any unusual activity in your garage. Leave Garage Doors Closed Take a walk in your neighbourhood when you can, count how many open garage doors you can find – you may be surprised by what you discover. Make sure your doors are closed even if you’re away for no more than 5 minutes. Never compromise or be lax about house security. It only takes one opportunistic visit from a burglar to lose thousands of dollars’ worth of property. Reinforce Windows and Make a Peephole Install grilles or horizontal bars to...