With the start of the school season beginning, many of you will be leaving your homes unattended as you return to your jobs and your children return to school on a full-time basis. Here is some information and tips to help keep your home secure this year.
Burglaries and thefts are not a thing of the past, and it is important to remind ourselves of the importance of an effective security system to keep ourselves and our belongings safe in our homes. According to Balanced Security Solutions and Star Weekly, Australia has the 7th highest rate of burglaries in the world, with almost 240,000 households who experienced a break-in in 2021. This means that on average, 4.3% of Australian households experience break-ins and attempted break-ins every year.
Tech Radar’s interview with former burglar, Luke Harris, revealed that visible CCTV and alarm systems will make burglars “think twice about breaking and entering”. This is because potential thieves want a quick trip in and out of your home, and knowing your home is well protected and that video evidence of their crime could be relayed to the police deters them from attempting to burgle you. Additionally, some key features to consider for your home security system are exterior CCTV for visible protection as well as an alarm system that triggers loud sounds and an automated police response for a quick solution at the moment of the break-in.
According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, “CCTV footage is an important factor for police in deciding how much time to spend on an investigation”. Recently, Sydney Morning Herald reported that tennis legend Margaret Court’s beachside Perth home was robbed of her awards, medals and jewelry whilst she and her husband were away. Whilst many of the possessions stolen were found in nearby gardens and bushlands due to the intruders being disturbed by neighbors, the CCTV footage captured and the alert to the homeowners to notify their neighbours and the police of the incident helped greatly in convicting the felons. They are now set to appear in court on one count of aggravated home burglary and one count of stealing thanks to the CCTV footage recognition.
Overall, the police are more likely to help return your stolen property in case of theft if you have CCTV footage as evidence for them to use. To help decrease the chances of a home burglary occurring, having visible CCTV cameras and alarm systems is key. At Jim’s Security, we provide CCTV Installation and Security Alarm Installation services to help protect your home whilst unattended, and we can help you determine what you need for your home security system. To learn more about CCTV, view our buyers guide. If you already have one, find out how you could improve your home security system for better home protection.