Why It’s Wise Not to Share Holiday Plans on Facebook or Twitter

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When you get excited about vacation plans, do you share them with everyone? You may not realise it, but everyone in the supermarket or salon can overhear your conversation. Keep your plans private, and wait until you return to share the details. Plus you should also avoid posting/tweeting about where you are going and checking into places on Facebook and/or Twitter. Keri McMullen was still feeling the afterglow of success for accomplishing a 10K race earlier in the day when she posted an update on her Facebook account at around 6 p.m. It read: “Heading to the Hill with Kurt…to see Fire Department.” Kurt – her fiancé – and four of her friends went with her 2-and-a-half hours later to see a local group, Fire Department Band, perform at a bar just 10 minutes away from home. While they were enjoying the music, 2 men in hooded sweatshirts were in their home helping themselves to whatever valuables they could find. When Keri and Kurt finally returned home at about midnight, they immediately noticed the absence of their plasma TV. Next observation involved the laptops, which were now gone from the kitchen table where they last left them. When Kurt checked the surveillance footage from the CCTV camera he himself had installed, he confirmed what had just happened. The couple lost around $10,000 worth of property. Keri then posted another update on her Facebook – this time, about the burglary the night before. She included images of the perpetrators, taken from the video footage. What she got out of this was the confirmation that one of the suspects involved used...

Who is keeping your community safe? A push for proactive council response to community security needs

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Who Is Keeping Your Local Community Safe? A call for residents to encourage their local council to take action and improve communty safety. Councils have a responsibility to keep their local communities and their residents safe. Eversafe seek to support local councils in their effort to do this through ongoing exploration into the best practices used in community areas for maintaining crime prevention against people and property. Is your community in need of a security upgrade? According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, both burglaries to Victorian homes and crimes against people such as property invasion are on the rise. Eversafe take these statistics seriously and continually explore the best practices available surrounding community safety initiatives to set the bar for Security in all local communities around Melbourne. Benchmarking not only improves the performance targets, quality and  community environment, it also assists councils to strengthen their cost position and reduce budgets through utilising innovative approaches to the installation, operation and management of local community security systems. Concerned residents need to take action to improve their community – It’s your right! We encourage all residents to start the conversation with their local council about community safety, and what is being done about it. Eversafe provide Councils with Free Security Assessments to help them understand their security weak spots and identify the best solutions to meet their ongoing community safety targets. See our brochure here to find out exactly how we can assist Local Melbourne Councils with meeting their security needs. Council A5 Brochure November 2012...