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  • Car Theft Prevention

    Theft from cars is a very common and costly issue faced by the community with the most targeted items being mobile phones, CDs, cash and stereos. As the technology used to prevent thefts improves, unfortunately so does the skill level of the thief. 

    A car break-in is not only worrying it is also a costly affair. A lot of the time the greatest cost goes into repairing the damage caused during the break-in. Theft of cars is another issue that is too common in society. 

    Thankfully, there are a few things that can be done to minimise the risk of being targeted:

    ·         Never leave valuable items in plain sight- this indicates there is something worth breaking in for and is an invitation to the thieves.
     ·         Pack away your GPS before leaving your vehicle. It is also a clever idea to wipe away any marks it has left on the window and also to remove your ‘home destination’.
     ·         Where possible, always park your car in well-lit areas. Thieves are less likely to target your vehicle if there is a good chance they will be spotted.
     ·         Never leave keys in the ignition when you leave your car. Even if you are simply paying for fuel or using the ATM - thieves are opportunistic and will strike when they get the chance.
     ·         Even if your car is parked in the garage, make sure the car doors are locked- garage doors can sometimes be accessed without your knowledge.
     ·         Do not have your address or personal details attached to your car keys or in plain sight in your vehicle- this lets the thief know where you live and that you are currently not at home.
     ·         A lot of people don’t realise that number plates are quite commonly stolen from vehicles. One tip for preventing this is to replace the plate screws with a one-way screw. These can only be removed with a special tool.
     ·         Another tip is to have your keys ready before reaching your vehicle.
     ·         With 70% of cars stolen being done so with the owners’ keys, it is important to keep car keys in a secure place within the home where they will not be spotted easily by intruders.


     

  • New Community Watch Security Patrol Vehicle

    On 6 October 2014, the City of Belmont launched its third Community Watch patrol vehicle. The community stated in the recent 2014 Community Perception Survey that they wanted to see more security patrols and the City has listened. The addition of an extra security vehicle will assist the City in maintaining a high standard of community safety through the Community Watch Patrols.

     
    The City of Belmont Community Watch patrols are a 24 hour security patrol service. There are currently two Community Watch vehicles and both vehicles are equipped with CCTV for evidence gathering purposes.
     
    The Community Watch officers respond to calls from City of Belmont residents and businesses to assist them with security concerns and issues in their community. The City works closely with WA Police to target areas of concern. Community Watch patrols identify areas of concern to provide a presence in a location to deter criminal or anti social activity.


    The City of Belmont Community Watch duties include:

    •  Responding to requests and calls
    •  Holiday watch patrols – If you are going away you can request holiday watch patrols for your property 

    •  Extra patrols – Residents can request extra patrols in an area when they have concerns in their neighbourhood 

    •  Assisting Police where required 

    •  Protecting the City’s assets from damage 

    •  Reporting damage and graffiti vandalism via the City’s online reporting system 

    •  Patrolling crime or anti social behaviour hot spots identified by Police and residents.  

    For more information about the City of Belmont Community Watch or other Community Safety and Crime Prevention service offered by the City of Belmont, please call 9477 7222.

     

    City of Belmont Community Watch 1300 655 011

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  • Residential Burglary Prevention

    As summer approaches, people take advantage of the beautiful weather to do outdoor projects, take their families to fun locations such as amusement parks, beaches and try to find ways to relax and keep cool. It's the season when most people take time off of work, because their kids are on holidays. For burglars, however, it is a very active time of the year.

    Burglars target items like televisions, stereos, wallets, purses, tools and computer equipment because they can easily be resold or traded. Often the most valuable item stolen is jewellery. In many instances stolen goods are never recovered.
     
    Tips
    • Always lock the doors and windows, even when you’re home.
    • Install quality deadlocks on all external doors and your main door should have a peephole or locked security door.
    • Key locks on your windows and security screens will allow you to let the breeze in during the summer months.
    • Cut back trees and shrubs to remove potential hiding places.
    • Consider lower or see-through fences to allow a clear view of your house.
    • Install motion-activated lighting to keep track of what is happening outside at night.
    • Leave spare keys with a trusted neighbour, friend or family member instead of outside the home in obvious locations, like under mats or flowerpots.
    • Lock up tools, gardening equipment and ladders, as these can be used to gain access to your home.
    • Only let trusted family and friends know your holiday plans and avoid advertising your plans on social media.
    • Leaving large boxes on the verge shows burglars you’ve purchased new electrical goods.
    • Avoid leaving notes on your door, as it announces to unexpected visitors that the house is unoccupied.
    • Use window stickers to warn that there is an alarm system and that property is marked.
    • Make sure your house looks occupied by leaving lights on at night if you are out.
    • If you’re going away set timers for lights and radios and consider cancelling the newspaper delivery.
    • If you don’t have someone to collect your mail while you’re away, organise for the post office to keep it secure until you’re back.
    • Ask a trusted neighbour to occasionally park in your driveway, or have friends or family drop by to check on your property if you’re away on a lengthy trip.
    • Don’t open your door or provide access to your home without knowing who is there and remember to check the identity of any charity collectors or salespeople.
    • Take photos of your valuables and keep a record of details in a handy place. This can help recover them if they are stolen and will also help if you need to make an insurance claim.
    • Mark your property by engraving or leaving a visible and permanent mark for easy identification. 

     

     

  • Personal Safety Tips

    When out and about consider:

    • Walk in well-lit and busy areas. This provides more opportunity for natural surveillance.

    • Avoid walking close to overgrown bushes or trees where a potential offender could hide.

    • Walk against the flow of traffic to prevent vehicles driving slowly alongside you.

    • Walk with a friend or group wherever possible.

    • If you regularly walk by yourself, consider varying your route so your routine is not easily identified.

    • Plan ahead – how do you plan on getting home?

    • Walk at a steady pace. Body language is an effective means of promoting confidence.

    • Remain alert and be aware of your surroundings.

    • Turn down the volume on your iPod or mp3 player so you can hear what is happening around you.

  • Tips to Prevent Shoplifting
    • Create an open, well-lit store layout with good visibility between aisles or areas.

    • Consider installing surveillance mirrors or Closed Circuit Television (CCTV).

    • Shelves should be neatly stacked with price tags properly secured to merchandise.

    • Limit the entry and exit points.

    • Keep staff rooms and stock rooms locked at all times.

    • Never leave sales areas or cash registers unattended.

    • Be aware of customers who appear nervous or distracted around merchandise.

    • Check the number of items taken in and out of change rooms   .

    • Make sure your staff understand the store policy on checking bags and shoplifting.

    • Ensure staff are familiar with store security and their operating hours and contact details.

    • Display signs that highlight the security measures in the store and your business’ bag checking policy.

    • Lock up expensive items in a display cabinet, or place them close to staff working areas.

  • Emergency Contacts

    For Police, Fire, Ambulance in a life threatening emergency call triple zero (000).

    Call 131 444 for police assistance or attendance for when it is not an emergency.

    Callers to 131 444 will be asked to press '1' on their phones if they require immediate police attendance. If you need to report an incident which does not require immediate police attendance, you will be asked to press '2’, and if you require general information you will be asked to press '3'.

    If calling from a satellite phone dial triple zero (000) in a life threatening emergency.

    For SES assistance call 132 500.

     

     
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