14/09/1999 - 22:00

Security industry booms as crime rates continue to rise

14/09/1999 - 22:00

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DESPITE growing crime statistics, it seems many people are waiting until their property has been stolen before taking action.

Security industry booms as crime rates continue to rise
DESPITE growing crime statistics, it seems many people are waiting until their property has been stolen before taking action.

Statistics show one in thirteen homes will be broken into in WA.

RU Safe managing director Colin Davis said about 70 per cent of his company’s clients had either been robbed or knew somebody close to them that had been robbed.

The company also works with builders and architects, installing security systems. There is a growing trend for new homes to include some form of home security.

The company also supplies security products and services to companies such as Bunnings, Harvey Norman and Civic Video.

“We’ve also done a lot of work with WA Government departments,” Mr Davis said.

He said his company used only Australian-made products.

“Security products coming out of Australia are as good or better than those anywhere else in the world,” Mr Davis said.

A growing area in security is perimeter security linked to an automation kit. An automation kit puts a building’s electronic appliances under control of a computer.

For example, a person can email their home computer and tell it to set the video to tape a show or to put the oven on to 200 degrees at 7:30pm.

When linked to a perimeter security system, the home computer can call the owner and inform them of a perimeter breach.

If there are video cameras attached to the system, the owner can even take an image of the intruder.

Mr Davis said there had been a trend towards people having their home or business alarms monitored, which was a relatively cheap option.

“However, even business owners are looking at automation kits,” he said. “The kits were price prohibitive but the price is coming down.”

Mr Davis said there were more than 500 security companies in WA.

“It is important for customers to check out who they are dealing with and to make sure they get what they are paying for,” he said.

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