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Shutting out Perth’s criminals

Startling figures show that WA’s crime rate is on the up.

The scary truth about the nature of offences and which areas are worse affected by criminal activity were highlighted in a number of news articles which pointed out that crimes against people or property in Western Australia had increased to over 600 a day as compared to 540 a day the previous year, with virtually every crime category increasing in the year under review.

One of the most worrying statistics was that offences against property increased 12 per cent in 2015 over the previous year from 160,676 to 179,544 and that there was a 14 per cent increase in both theft and property damage and a nine per cent jump in home burglaries.

So do we need to bolster our personal security and make our homes more secure? Well, it may depend on which area you live in.

 

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Public information from WA Police and 2011 Census data gives a snapshot of Perth’s crime statistics.

 

A new interactive website called Perth Crime Map ranks the city’s suburbs in terms of individual crime levels and provides details of the various types of crimes committed. The site is not endorsed by or affiliated to WA Police or the Bureau of Statistics but it does use public information from WA Police and 2011 Census data to produce its stats. (The site will be updated when the 2016 Census figures are released.)

It’s really easy to use – simply hover your mouse over the map or enter your suburb’s name and wait for all the stats to come up.  If you live in Dalkeith, Floreat, Lower Chittering, Leeming or Iluka, you’ll be pleased to know that your suburb had the least crimes whilst Midvale, Burswood, Perth and Midland topped the list as the worst offenders.

Statistics tell a story – but regardless of whether your suburb is on the top or the bottom of the list of Perth’s crime hot spots, you don’t want to risk becoming a statistic of crime yourself.   There can be no room for complacency when it comes to personal safety and the protection of your assets and it’s always a good time to put some careful thought into what you’ve got in place to reduce your risks.

 

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Crime prevention strategies include fitting locks, safety film, security screens or external security roller shutters to your home.

 

Shutting out potential intruders

Even a few simple precautions will make it harder for you, your family, your belongings or your property to become a target for criminals. Consider this – over a third of WA’s burglary cases occur where the burglars have climbed through an open window or walked through an unlocked door, so perhaps it’s time to heed the crime prevention advice from the police and make your windows more secure by fitting locks, safety film, security screens, or external security roller shutters.

If you’re looking for a chic, contemporary security solution that also gives you plenty of decorating options then take a look at the range of roller shutters on the market like Nu Style Shutters. They’re not only low maintenance once installed but come with a number of benefits, including:

  • Providing a visual and physical deterrent to potential intruders
  • Increasing security and privacy
  • Reducing energy bills by regulating indoor temperatures
  • Blocking out harsh sunlight and external noise
  • Providing a long lasting, durable security system

Roller shutters not only look stylish and will add value to any property, they’re also an effective first line of defence for a home, office or commercial building. They’re more than just a visual deterrent to would-be intruders and vandals – they are tough and hardwearing with a locking system that makes forced entry virtually impossible.”

If you’re serious about security, says you should ensure that the roller shutters you choose are operated from inside your home. It doesn’t matter whether you have motorised blinds or manually operated shutters, this is an important feature which will further enhance your security as well as being more convenient.

 

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You can compare crime across WA’s suburbs with Perth Crime Map.

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Daniel Lipari

Daniel is Operations Manager and one of the founding partners of Nu Style Shutters and has been involved with the company since its birth in 2003. The business is made up three core departments and Daniel oversees that they all work together in harmony. Each department understanding the importance of the others allows all the staff to display a high level of knowledge when selling, making or installing Nu Style products. This is crucial so customers have the best experience possible from the company at all times.

The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Homeloans Ltd.