Criminal activity continues to plague us, although we are somewhat shielded here on the South Coast, but certainly not immune to crime and associated problems.

Over the past few months we have seen random acts of business theft and serious criminal trespass. I am still concerned that many people don’t take their security seriously. In more desperate times we see acts of more desperate crime, some of these are so brazen that it’s beyond words. Over the years I’ve seen it all. Most professional businesses are gearing up to combat crime within their place of work, along with many residential property owners.

It doesn’t matter how prepared you are we will always see criminal behaviour from those individuals who believe they will get away with the offence. Most don’t and get to meet a magistrate up close, which also has implications.

One stupid act can lead to not getting that dream job you have always wanted or not being able to travel to a foreign destination because of past indiscretions. Crime can have huge consequences for any person or business regardless of turn over or size. I cannot stress enough the importance of securing assets, regardless of it being cash, stock or personal items left in the home or your car. We must remain diligent, there is very little that can be done once the asset is gone.

Crime is usually an act of opportunity so “Out of sight, out of mind.”
A few tips I suggest are;

  • Keep all roller doors down when possible and ensure things are put away at the end of each day. An open door can be seen as an open invitation to criminals.
  • Clean that sports car in the back yard out of view of envious eyes.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and always report any suspicious activity.
  • Local Police are extremely proactive and if you see or hear something, say something. Crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility.
  • Talk to your local police if you feel the need for a face to face, or call 131 444 and speak to an officer at Police communications. SAPOL also have some really great reading material for security over your home or business.

In saying this, many people are now looking at other forms of crime prevention. As we deal with these issues on a regular basis, I am always happy to talk to anyone about crime prevention solutions. You should spend some time setting up a few simple rules and guide lines to follow to better protect your home and business.

If you have a security system ensure that all sensors are clear of cobwebs, spiders and have a clear field of sight, as the maintenance of your system is a priority and must include surface spraying. Stickers and signs are not enough, even noise is not a deterrent. Security and Police can’t stop an attempt to break in, but I can assure you that we will do everything in our power to reduce loss if your asset is monitored.

We continue to invest resources into our infrastructure, including staff now based across the coast with highly visible patrol vehicles for crime prevention, incorporating surveillance technologies, base station communications and vehicle tracking. I have always believed that high security and Police presence is paramount in reducing crime in our community and we will always continue to strive in pursuit of excellence.