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Northern Beaches Crime Rates & What You Can Do About It

Northern Beaches Crime Rates & What You Can Do About It

Are you from Sydney’s Northern Beaches and had your house broken into? You are not alone. There is a certain sense of being personally violated after one has been the victim of a break-in. Immediately you start to second guess yourself and wonder if you remembered to lock all of your doors and windows. Often people wonder whether or not their home security system was sophisticated enough or if they should have purchased more expensive, more reliable locks. In many ways, life in North Beaches is idyllic. Unfortunately, it isn’t without its local crime. Crime Trends In Sydney’s Northern Beaches According to the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (NSW BOSCAR), from January 1999 to December 2015 there were 18,270 break-ins in the Northern Beaches. This averages more than 36 break-ins per month for the areas surveyed during this 504 month period. Since 1999, we have seen a steady decline in break-in crime for the Northern Beaches. The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research – which was established in 1969 – is an agency devoted to researching crime for the purpose of reducing its occurrence in the state of New South Wales. It also evaluates the criminal justice system in general. Break-ins (Dwellings) In New South Wales there were 31573 break-ins from the period of January 2015 to December 2015. According to the NSW BOCSAR, in 2015 the Northern Beaches had over 459 break-ins for residential dwellings. 84 of these break-ins were from Manly, 87 break-ins occurred in Pittwater, and Warringah had the highest with 288 break-ins to residential dwellings Break-ins (Non-dwellings) In New South Wales there...
Sydney Storm: 18 Essential Home Safety & Security Tips

Sydney Storm: 18 Essential Home Safety & Security Tips

Natural disasters, such as the storms that wrecked havoc in Sydney recently, can greatly impact your home, property and lifestyle. Large storms can be devastating. They can ruin homes and damage entire neighbours. We saw the beach front homes in Collaroy NSW get hammered by the weather and large sea swell. Home’s throughout Sydney’s Northern Beaches and beyond have been left damage, with some in danger of collapsing. So what can you do after a severe storm to make sure your home and family are safe and secure? Home Safety Tips After A Sydney Storm The first thing you should do after severe weather is to make sure you protect yourself from damaged buildings and debris. When you are assessing the damage on your property wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and covered shoes. If you need emergency assistance, call the local State Emergency Service. The NSW SES can be contacted on 132 500. If you are returning home after a natural disaster, turn all electricity and gas off before going inside. Use a torch to examine the building instead of a candle or cigarette lighter. Only turn the gas and electricity on only if you are certain there are no gas leaks or danger from electricity. When walking around your neighbourhood, beware of fallen power lines, damaged trees and flooded creeks. If you discover fallen power lines, keep yourself and your family away and call Ausgrid emergency services on 13 13 88. Has your property experience flash-flooding? If so remove any access water you can and mop soaked carpets. Be sure to clean and disinfect all wet areas. Flood...
9 Christmas Home Security Tips You Can’t Afford To Forget

9 Christmas Home Security Tips You Can’t Afford To Forget

Thinking of going away over the Christmas holidays? If you are lucky enough to be heading out of Sydney, have a great time! Be sure to take some time out to ensure your home is safe and secure from intruders. The Christmas holidays is a time for you to relax, take a break and enjoy yourself. It is also the time of year where families and friends are most generous. However, many criminals see the holiday season as an opportunity to enter your home for cash, credit cards and any new gifts you may have received. With that in mind, here are some Christmas home security tips to prevent your home becoming a target for burglars Don’t Broadcast Your Holiday Plans Do you have a Facebook or Twitter account? Much of what we say is public, searchable and ripe for people to take advantage of. Don’t tell people on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media account, that you are going away. This information can be used by burglars to determine when you are and aren’t at home. If your home is unattended while you are away, then save the updates and photos till after you are back. Cancel All Deliveries And Services Do you usually get your newspaper delivered? Do you have a weekly milk or grocery delivery? A build up of deliveries and newspapers is a sure sign that no-one is home. If you are going away for an extended period of time postpone these deliveries until you get back. Also, call the post office and ask them to hold your mail. An overflowing mailbox is a...
Why DIY Home Security Will Cost You THOUSANDS

Why DIY Home Security Will Cost You THOUSANDS

Thinking of updating your home’s security? Looking to replace your front door lock and fancy yourself as a bit of a Do-It-Yourself handyman? Woah, slow down cowboy! I’m all for DIY home projects but when it comes to home security, I have rarely seen anyone get it right. When it comes to the security of your home and family, is it really worth it? Here is why your home security should be left to a professional. Looking To Save Money? At first, a DIY security system can seem like a great idea to save you a bunch of money and protect your home. However, there are times when you simply need a professional to get it done right. Yes, doing it yourself might save you money in the short term but it can potentially cost your thousands in the long-run. If you don’t know what you are doing you can cause damage to your home which means even more expenses. It’s Easy To Defeat Cheap Locks Most people don’t know much about locks. What most people don’t know is that it is easy to defeat the cheap locks you can find at your local Bunnings or homeware stores. Most are mass produced and are of a low standard. You want at least a Grade 2 lock to have any chance of keeping intruders out. If It Is Not Installed Right, It Won’t Protect You Choosing quality locks is important, but a lock is only as good as its installation. I can’t tell you how many times one of our locksmiths has gone to someone’s home to rekey a lock,...