Along with a range of other factors, the area you live in can have a significant impact on your safety and protection. As a security company, we talk to home and business owners every day who have experienced frightening instances of theft and property damage.
But what are the crime rate statistics? Do Queenslanders really have cause for concern? We take a look…
Crime rates are on the rise in Queensland.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Queensland offenders accounted for 24% of total offenders in Australia in the 2015-16 financial year. The scary part? The total number of offences in Queensland has been on the rise since 2015, with the Queensland Police Service stating unlawful entry, offences against property and other property damage have increased especially. If you look closely, you’ll notice the following table indicates a rise in incidents in every region of Queensland between 2015 and 2017. If this trend continues, the crime rate will continue to rise.
Why are the crime rates increasing?
One possible reason for this increase may be due to drugs becoming more abundant throughout our state, in fact, illicit drug offences made up 27% of all offences in 2016. Another reason could be that most families and business owners possess more expensive technology these days. No longer are burglars just tempted by TVs and expensive jewellery. They’re looking for iPads, iPhones, laptops, desktops, Bluetooth speakers, smartwatches, voice-controlled personal assistants, and so much more!
How can you protect yourself?
1. Install alarms and security systems
With crime rates growing, it is vital that residents and businesses have a secure security system in place. Rechenberg recommends that Electronic Security Systems or Alarm Monitoring Services are installed and adequately maintained, to ensure the safety of your family, business, valuables and property.
2. Invest in security cameras
It’s also a smart idea to invest in security cameras and CCTV so that you can monitor your property or business from wherever you are. No matter if you’re on holiday or out a business meeting, you can playback and watch live on your mobile device or PC. This is particularly important if you own a business with many people coming and going. Often vandals and thieves are not what we stereotypically think (e.g. men wearing dark hoods or balaclavas). They can be plumbers, electricians, clients, employees, cleaners, even family members. With a security camera installed, you can rest easy knowing that you’ll likely be able to catch your criminals on tape and prosecute.
3. Check your window and door locks are secure
Windows and doors are common entry points for offenders. That’s why it’s essential to make sure the locks on them are in perfect working condition. If you notice any rusting, key jamming, warping, or misaligned locks, don’t delay in getting them fixed! The longer you leave them broken, the higher you are at risk.