School Security in Australia: Then and Now

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For many years in the past, learning institutions in the Land Down Under have continued carrying out its noble work of shaping minds and future leaders without having to deal with significant disruptions of a violent nature. Australian schools take pride in being safe academic havens for young learners, with international entities like he Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) affirming the exemplary performance of the school system in the country. In recent years, however, Australian citizens are witnessing the increased frequency of violent events in other parts of the world, particularly in Europe and in the United States. Vivid and jarring stories of children using guns in academic institutions have introduced themselves in the consciousness of Aussies, sparking concerns and fears that the same may happen in their own educational establishments. As a consequence, there have been calls to examine and make necessary improvements in school security in order to prevent such tragedies from happening in Australian schools. However, some government officials have commented that the institutions “already have well-established and effective security procedures, including lock-outs and lock-downs.” Rather, education authorities are more interested in giving the necessary assistance to kids who show signs and behaviour that will translate into violent action. In addition to that, some parents, union leaders, and teachers have expressed their confidence in the current system and believe that there is no need to increase security. But despite this, the government allocated $10 million for safety upgrades in at-risk educational institutions as it is taking no chances when it comes to the safety of kids. Jason Clare, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister...

How Security Systems Help Make Your Community Safe

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Edith McKeon, whose daughter Jill Meagher was murdered in late 2012, appealed for more CCTV cameras within the suburb where her daughter was last seen alive. She believed that having more of such security devices will help make people safe, aside from assisting authorities in monitoring criminal activities and resolving them. After all, Ms. Meagher’s alleged murderer has been identified and cornered with the help of security camera footage. In the wake of the said case, there have been calls for increased surveillance through video-based security systems. Currently, many states across Australia already have CCTV cameras installed in their cities and towns, aside from other anti-crime devices used to reduce safety risks. This is largely due to the fact that such technological advancements are seen to be effective crime deterrents and have been helpful in the efficient and speedy resolution of public disturbances. In fact, unfavourable activities can be prevented from happening with diligent and consistent monitoring. As such, having a security system in your own community helps make your city or town a safer place to live in. It complements existing safety measures enforced by law and by local authorities, serving as extra eyes and ears that alert them to potential trouble. It also allows security personnel to respond to emergencies faster, which prevent negative events from escalating and turning into a very costly situation. As mentioned, it can also be used as a tool in solving crimes and apprehending wrongdoers. With the presence of security devices such as alarms and CCTV, you and other members of your local community will have more peace of mind. It assures...

Prevent Home Invasion by Knowing the Most Common Burglary Tactics

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Do you know how most break-ins are carried out? Are you aware which areas in your house are the most vulnerable targets? Knowing the answers to these questions help you determine the most suitable home security measures for your domestic haven. Seeing things from the viewpoint of a burglar can also help you reinforce any preventive solutions, such as house alarm systems, CCTV cameras, or home automation technology, that your residence already has. Temporal Aspect According to the statistics of Victoria Police, residential burglaries frequently happen during the middle of the day on weekdays. This fact is affirmed by the Australian Institute of Criminology. Its document on burglary prevention stated that the said offence often happens during daylight, as perpetrators are attracted to empty dwellings. On weekends, break-ins somewhat level off and may happen any time of the day. In addition, statistics show higher burglary cases during May to July; and again around the middle of summer. This information should help you know when to be even more extra vigilant about your home safety. Point of Entry For freestanding residences, most burglars prefer entering through the door, with the windows coming in second and the back a close third. So, if you are planning to get CCTV cameras or a home security system, such devices should focus on monitoring your residential windows and doors. Tools and Techniques Forcibly opening or breaking entrances and glass windows is the most favoured modus. Another approach, which is surprising in its simplicity, is going through unlocked or already open entrances. Many intruders who have been convicted even allege that burglar alarm systems are...

Essential Hints on Selecting CCTV Cameras

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You hear about them in the news. You find them in schools and many homes. You observe their inclusion in business surveillance systems and local community security schemes. They even are installed in nursing homes and other healthcare facilities. Indeed, closed circuit television units have come a long way from their beginnings as rocket launch monitoring devices to their current role as an essential security solution in virtually all industries and sectors of society. Deciding to get one of those business camera packages for your shop or 24 hour security monitoring systems for your own residence is a wise decision. It also shows you are in touch with these times, in which criminal activity is seen to be on the rise.  However, the decision-making process does not end there. You also need to decide which kind of CCTV model to use. It is essential that you get the right one if you want to effectively limit or eliminate security risks in your house or establishment. Types There are wired models, as well as those that give you remote access control. The former ones are less likely to encounter interference and can be installed at a great distance from the main recording equipment. However, you cannot easily change their location. You also have to set cables in place and find the best wiring scheme. The wireless CCTVs are the more convenient ones, so much so that they are prevalent in home automation systems. This is because they allow you to access footage and control surveillance settings no matter where you are. They are also more discreet and can perform covert...

Eversafe Security News February 2013

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Welcome to the first edition of Eversafe Security News for 2013!   We are very excited to be back… not that we really ever left, we spent our Christmas holidays looking after the security needs of many Melbourne schools who needed to upgrade their security before the new school year commenced! If you are a parent we’re sure the health and safety of your children is always at the top of your mind, more so when they are away from you such as when they are at school or in public places. That is why we’re encouraging schools to take up our Free Security Inspection to make sure that they have the right kind of security monitoring and camera security in place to keep a watchful eye over your children when you can’t be there.   If you think your child’s school needs security improvements let them know. You can even direct them here to help them understand the importance of their responsibility.   In addition to schools we are also working with local Melbourne councils to improve community safety in public places. As a resident you have a right to expect your community is kept safe and secure by those people who you have elected to do so. We’re talking to Councils constantly, and you can get involved too, if there is an area in your community that is of particular concern for you, then send this link to your local council and get the conversation started about improved community security. Of course we also offer Free Home and Business Security Inspections as part of our customer service...

Community Response To Council Crime Prevention Activity

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Residents Seek Reassurance From Councils About Crime Prevention When crime rates within local communities rise, residents look to the people who they’ve elected to represent them for reassurance. When crime rates rise Councils need to investigate why this is happening. The first step in this process is to take a look at the community safety initiatives they have put in place and assess their responsiveness to increasing rates of crime, or if additional action is necessary to keep the community and its residents protected. Community response to the impact of crime. When local councils analyse crime prevention it is in the interest of the community for this information to be publicly available. Reports in local newspapers showing real statistics, and the strategies being used by authorities to combat them, provide the community with a sense of confidence that something is being done to increase their safety. Local newspapers have a habit of dramatising events such as petty crime and the public perception can be out of alignment with what is actually happening out in the community. Local authorities can address apprehension the residents may have by providing a platform where residents can raise their concerns, allowing councils and authorities to respond with accuracy and confidence in the information they give out.   1. What security measures are already in place? The first step is to identify what is currently being done. To maintain public safety local Councils have a variety of solutions they can implement; these include environmental designs, human capital investments, and electronic monitoring with camera security and CCTV monitoring.  Each solution helps to address crime in a...

How Crime Impacts Local Communities – Council Security Guide

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Local Community Security Systems Greatly Impacts Constituent Satisfaction Levels When choosing a house to live in, one of the most important decisions a person will consider is the suburb first, house second. This huge layout of funds is typically the biggest investment people will ever make, so with that in mind the protection of said property should and will be of paramount concern. If a suburb has a real or known high crime rate, that does not do much in providing confidence to a prospective buyer.  If on the other hand there is just a perception of crime or a general fear if you will, the apprehension to buy into the suburb will be greatly reduced.   So how can communities feel more at ease and confident within their environment? Confidence starts with your local Council Councils have a responsibility towards their residents in lots of ways, one of which is safety. Street lighting is obviously one factor in providing a measure of safety, but going that step further and installing security cameras and cctv is also of tremendous benefit to all residents and business owners within that shire.   Crime has a negative effect on the value of all residences within the neighbourhood by lowering the value of the property or business, so in this respect council has a duty of care towards all in their wards to provide the means that will protect the investments of its entire people.   All people need to feel safe and secure in their own environment and this is a right not a privilege.   Councils can seek to understand the...

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 community 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...

Security Risks Every School Should Know of and Control

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How can you make your school a safe haven for young learners? This is an important question that every administrator should revisit before opening those doors to welcome pupils to another year of learning. Implementing a variety of safety measures should be backed by information that truly supports the whys of setting the interventions in place. Otherwise, there will be loopholes in the system that still leave children, and even school staff and property, at risk. To identify the most suitable safety measures for your own academic establishment, you should know the kind of risks that both learners and teachers face while in the premises. To help you determine these, take a look at this list: Material Theft and damage to property due to fires or violence are some examples of threats that affect the function and quality of a device or tool. These are costly affairs and can also affect staff productivity, as well as quality of service. Environmental Risks under this category are frequently triggered by natural causes, such as heavy snow, storms, floods, and earthquakes, among others. Although these may be seen as situations that are out of your control, there are ways to minimise their effects and make your school better prepared to respond to such events when they do happen. Physical This mainly includes security threats that can lead to bodily injuries, such as accidentally bumping into sharp objects, falling down steps or on hard, rough surfaces, or being harmed by a second party. The causes may range from something as simple as a defective door, to something as serious as an intruder. Considering...

24 Hour Security – Eversafe

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At Eversafe, we offer you the service that our name implies… 24 hour service, to keep you Ever Safe! Whether it’s your home, or business, Eversafe has eyes on your security 24/7. At Eversafe we understand how important your home, assets and your business are to you, and that’s why we provide the support you need, whenever you need it.   Eversafe’s exceptional service – We’re always by your side.   Crime statistics for burglary and armed robbery against business, and numbers of home invasions in Australia are on the rise and that’s why it’s so important to ensure you are protected. There have been great  technological advancements  of security system products over the last few years ranging from better digital products to security systems integrating with iPhone products to full home automation, where at the touch of a finger you can turn your security system on or off no matter where you are in the world.   Eversafe pride themselves on being the leaders in security system advancements; Eversafe is always ahead of the game. Eversafe offer 24 hour support and security monitoring for all of our alarm systems, camera packages, surveillance, and video intercoms.   Call 03 900 10 900 for a Free Home or Business Security Consultation   Eversafe Security Solutions Meet Your Home and Business Needs.   Our team has over 12 years of experience in providing security systems for commercial and residential properties. For us, there is no job too big, and no job too small; we offer a full service security solution for your home and your business. Some of our well known...