GUARD dogs are getting a high tech replacement, with the number of Ballarat residents installing complex alarm systems in their homes sky-rocketing.
Ballarat company Sectrol Security Services says inquiries about alarm systems had significantly increased in the last six months.
“It’s been a significant increase in the last six to 12 months,” general manager Rick Powell said.
“Whether it’s to do with drug-related offences – people are noticing the increased crime.
“They are ringing us to get a quote to look at getting an alarm system.”
Local business owner Frank MacDonald installed a high tech security system at his business three years ago. He believes the system has deterred thieves from targeting his central city business.
Mr MacDonald is currently in the process of organising for an alarm system to be installed at his home.
Mr Powell said homes were often seen as “soft targets” because they did not have security systems.
“They can break in during the day when no one is at home, or when people are on holidays,” Mr Powell said.
He said social media often highlighted when people were not home – especially if they posted holiday snaps.
Police have encouraged home owners to ensure their houses are well secured, that keys are not stored in easy-to-find places and that garage doors are internally locked.
Police have repeatedly urged residents not to leave their handbags on the bench. Some security options advised by police include installing roller door anchors that fit on the inside of the roller door with the base plate bolted into the concrete.
The t-bar is mounted to roller door which a padlock is then put through the eye of.
Ballarat Neighbourwatch advises residents to vary their routine.
Residents are advised to considered using CCTV, particularly on rural properties during lambing or shearing seasons.
Mayor Des Hudson last week told The Courier some residents were investing in additional security systems.
He said while this was helpful, it was also important for neighbours to look out for each other and to report any suspicious behaviour.
“Some people are investing in CCTV, we don’t want people to live in fortresses … but it can be a good deterrent,” Cr Hudson said.
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