WITH the festive season fast approaching, the Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL) urges home and business owners to start thinking now about their security needs.
Christmas is a peak time for break and enters, and theft with opportunistic burglars tempted by homes filled with gifts and electronic equipment or properties that are vacant while people are away on holidays.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2015-16 national Crime Victimisation Survey, 2.5 per cent of Australian households experienced at least one break-in during the year.
The majority of these households had property stolen (75 per cent), and a quarter of these were personal items.
NSW had the highest number of incidents, followed by Victoria and Western Australia.
In addition, an estimated 2.1 per cent of households experienced at least one incident of attempted break-in with the most commonly identified evidence being damage to or tampering with doors or windows (45 per cent), followed by seeing or hearing someone trying to break-in (23 per cent).
The good news is that break and enter rates have been trending downward over the past five years thanks to people implementing a range of security measures.
However, it is important not to become complacent.
To assist home and business owners in preparing for the festive season ASIAL has prepared some simple tips to improve security and avoid being targeted by burglars.
For home security tips go to www.asial.com.au/consumers/home-security and for business security tips go to www.asial.com.au/consumers/secure-your-business.
Bryan de Caires,