Surprising and Unusual Events Caught on CCTV Cameras

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Last week, we talked about Eversafe’s very own Paul Mase appearing on A Current Affair and explaining the role CCTV cameras play in ensuring home security. This week, we’ll continue on that theme and talk about security surveillance cameras. This time, the focus will be on the monitoring features of the devices and their unfailing capacity to record footage of any event that takes place in front of their lenses. A CCTV camera has no bias – it will record any activity within its scope of vision, regardless of who is involved and what is happening. Human eyes, on the other hand, may blink occasionally or even close for a few seconds or for a couple of minutes when overcome by drowsiness. Their owners may also choose to shut them or turn away from an unfavourable scene. Other than that, one can also choose to interpret the activity according to his or her personal biases, as well as certain socio cultural factors. This however is not the case with security cameras. As such, security cameras can be called “silent observers,” working day and night collecting video evidence of the day’s activities. Nowadays, these devices can be found almost anywhere in the world – on street posts, in commercial establishments, in schools, in nursing homes, in offices, and even in your own house! With this, you may wonder what sort of images CCTV cameras around the globe have captured. – Have they actually been instrumental in the resolution of a wrongdoing? – Have they been useful to their owners in any way? Yes they have – in fact, a good...

Councils Need to Ensure the Safety of Their Citizens

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In a previous post, we discussed how the Melbourne City and Moreland Councils moved to accept a $250,000 CCTV funding grant the Australian government offered in a move to improve public safety. Recently, The Herald Sun reported that one Melbourne Council “continues to reject offers of cash to install CCTV cameras in trouble spots, despite pleas from the state’s top policeman and residents embracing this “big brother” approach. It appears that there still is resistance by some members of the community towards the Government’s initiative to boost surveillance in various cities around the country. The Glen Eira council is one of those against the installation of CCTV cameras. Just last week, the councilors of the City of Glen Eira cast their votes for the rejection of a $125,000 grant offered by the government 2 years earlier. The proposed funding was meant to be used towards the installation of 14 CCTV cameras. This decision came amidst favorable reception by residents towards the prospect of having more security surveillance cameras in their area. Edward O’Donohue, Crime Prevention Minister, said that the anti-camera stance of the councils was baffling. He commented: “The Coalition Government believes CCTV is not only a vital tool in solving crime but in deterring crime too. Given the support from police and the community, it is totally incomprehensible that councils would refuse to take money offered by the Government to install CCTV in their communities.” Meanwhile, the City of Kingston has decided “to accept the funding after surveys undertaken for the council and the State Government showed strong community support.” According to the Kingston survey, 8 out of...

Keeping Letterbox Thieves at Bay

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Have you seen A Current Affair’s compelling feature on letterbox thieves? After watching it, you should be asking yourself about  the security of your own mailbox and seriously considering ways to safeguard it more effectively. Your security, finances, and privacy can be compromised by the theft of a crucial letter or two – such as those coming from your bank or some other important institution or individual. It’s amazing but true – your safety is not only dependent on the strength of your doors, locks, and alarm systems but also on the security of your mailbox. So, how do you keep those thieves from getting their hands on your mail? Mark Dreyfus, Attorney-General of Australia and also the current Minister for Emergency Management, as well as the Special Minister of State and Minister for the Public Service and Integrity, was interviewed by A Current Affair’s Laura Francis on the issue of letterbox theft. During the interview, he shared essential tips on protecting yourself against identity theft via letterbox pilfering. “You should put a lock on your mailbox,” he began. “When you go away, put a stop on your mail. And when you move, redirect your mail,” he counseled. “All they would need is, possibly, a copy of your bank statement, a couple of bills and that will be enough to start using your identity,” he revealed. When asked what problems one could have if someone steals his or her identity, the Attorney-General said this: “Long term, you could end up with an adverse credit rating, because someone used your identity to take out a loan, a false loan, in...

How Letterbox Thieves Compromise Your Privacy and Finances

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Earlier this week, popular local show A Current Affair touched on the subject of letterbox theft. Tracy Grimshaw, the programme’s host, showcased interviews of a number of people who shed light on the issue. She even featured Eversafe’s very own Paul Mase, who gave his rationale as to why he believes security surveillance cameras are essential in combating letterbox theft. The program showed CCTV camera footage of “letterbox raiders” going through the mail at several Australian homes. Most of the recordings showed the perpetrators in hooded tops, which concealed their facial features. However, in some of the shots, the hoods fell down, revealing the thieves’ appearance. “They come in the middle of the night when everybody’s asleep and just help themselves,” said a housing complex manager interviewed by the show’s reporter Laura Francis. “It’s not just mail they take, it’s people’s identity,” he added. He also said that thieves have been repeatedly targeting a number of houses on his street. The reporter stated that the “bandits” wait until dark to steal residents mail then “help themselves to your money the very next day.” When asked how thieves managed to get their hands on the mail, the manager said that they “put their hand in and take the mail out.” With that being said, it appears that the robbers can get what they want without much difficulty – a fact that should be troubling for all homeowners with highly accessible and frequently unlocked letterboxes. A victim of letterbox theft, Lisette Francois, was also interviewed for the story. According to the report, the Melbourne resident had been waiting for her new...

CCTV Camera Captures Image of Man near Scene of Sexual Assault

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Once again, security surveillance cameras have played a part in strengthening evidence in an alleged rape incident, as well as with helping the police apprehend the perpetrator. Early this month, news broke of a sexual assault of a 23-year-old woman by a man who, as reported by The Australian, was“of Middle Eastern appearance, 175cm tall, with olive skin, unshaven and with short, dark cropped hair. He was wearing jeans and a distinctive zip-up black leather jacket.” “This woman did not know this man.. She refused his advances on a number of occasions as they were walking … it’s just an abhorrent crime,” said Sexual Crime Squad Detective Inspector Paul Binyon. He also said that the most “disturbing” aspect of the case was that the victim was a new mother, having just given birth two months ago. The assault occurred on the night she was out with friends celebrating the birth of her baby. Detective Inspector Binyon said that the CCTV footage of a man near the site of the assault is one of a “person of interest we would strongly like to identify.” The man was caught on a CCTV camera installed outside the Witches and Britches theatre restaurant in West Melbourne. He was recorded walking ahead of the woman at about 3:05 am on Sunday 30th June 30. According to The Australian, detectives investigating the case believe that the man may have approached her “200 metres further north, near the intersection of Victoria and William streets, West Melbourne.” The latest update on the case reported that a 28-year-old man has been arrested, questioned, and released with regards to...

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...

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...

Eversafe July newsletter

TAGS: Welcome to the July edition of Eversafe Security News. We hope you are enjoying the unusually high temperatures we have been having of late. The team at Eversafe would like to remind you to ensure you keep your house well protected in the next few weeks for those of you with children on school holidays, and those who are having a midyear break from work. School holidays and the darker months are two of the most optimum times for burglaries to occur. Don’t be fooled into thinking that most burglaries only happen at night. Sometimes taking a day trip or going on a shopping expedition and leaving your house unattended for only several hours can result in either an attempted or successful burglary. A free security assessment performed by a fully qualified and reputable Eversafe professional can help to identify the weaker points in your home.  The team can also provide handy hints and tips on to how to make your home less susceptible to break ins. Now is also a good time to consider installing a home security system or for those of you who own a business a business security system.  We have a wide range of security systems to suit all budgets. What’s more we provide you with a customised solution, rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. To discuss your security needs with the team at Eversafe, call us today on (03) 900 10...

4 Things to Do Within Minutes of Moving In

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You have said goodbye to your old home and have taken your first definitive steps towards moving into your new permanent residence. You have your possessions in tow – boxes marked with a list of their contents. If piled together, they become a small hill! The sight of this many belongings can get your anxiety levels rising as you imagine the enormity of the task ahead. Don’t lose your cool! Take a deep breath and remember you can enlist the help of removalists or your family members to assist with  putting everything in order. Aside from the matter of putting everything in its place, you should also consider undertaking the following additional activities: Prepare an inventory If you hire removalists before you allow them to leave, count your boxes and furniture and ensure that all are items are accounted for and have not incurred any damage. You should prepare a list of your belongings before the actual move so you can accomplish this task quickly and with ease. Check your utilities Turn on your taps and try flushing your toilets. Do they work? Turn on the lights and test the outlets. Are they functional? To ensure they are functional on the day you move in, have your landlord or estate agent see to it that the basic necessities are up and running at least a week before you arrive. In addition, you should know where the main power panel is located, as well as the main water and gas shut-off levers. Ensure all openings have locks Check your doors and windows: do they have locking mechanisms? Are they functioning...

Ways to Keep You and Your Family Safe in Extreme Weather

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In April this year, the Climate Commission stated  that “climate change has driven an increase in the occurrence and intensity of extreme weather events such as floods, bushfires, droughts, and hot days,”. In addition the Climate Commission’s Extreme Weather report revealed that the Southeast region of the country is “particularly vulnerable.” This statement triggered calls from the creators of the report for emergency services, governments, businesses, and private individuals to start preparing for the impending increase in unusual weather disturbances. Ask yourself are you ready for changes to weather conditions? Have you plans on how best to cope? If you do not currently have a plan in place, now is the best time to so implement one, especially given that we are in the midst of winter – a season known for extraordinary climatic events. Emergency Kits Prepare a set of supplies that will come in handy when in the midst of extreme weather disturbances. This emergency kit should contain essentials such as a flashlight and batteries, water, hand-cranked or battery-powered radio, and non-perishable food such as canned milk, juice, soup, fruits, meats, vegetables, peanut butter, granola bars, crackers, trail mix, sweets, cereals, coffee, tea, sugar, pepper, and salt. Include medical supplies such as aspirin, repellent, disposable masks, antiseptic solution, and bandages. Make sure you place this kit in a dry and secure location that you and your family are both aware of. It should not be exposed to moisture or direct heat. Emergency Plans Your family should know what to do when disaster strikes, even if everyone is not in the house or are in different locations throughout...