With a high crime rate and a large percentage of crimes such an unlawful entry going unsolved, more and more residents of the Gold Coast are turning to private security firms to protect their homes and businesses. According to Queensland Police crime statistics, in Surfers Paradise in 2012 there were 380 cases of unlawful entry and 487 cases of property damage. From the figures shown, residential homes and dwellings are at far greater risk than shops and businesses.
Why is the crime rate so high?
A number of reasons have been suggested for the high crime rate, and for why the Gold Coast is developing a reputation as the crime capital of Australia. These include a mostly transient population, the increasing drug trade and the expanding presence of organised crime gangs. All these factors contribute to high levels of criminal activity, and lead to the overstretching of police resources and neighbourhood watch organisations.
How safe is the Gold Coast?
As well as crimes against property, crimes against the person, including assault and other forms of violence, were also high on the Gold Coast in 2012. Assault figures stood at 390, an increase from the previous year, and there were 543 offences against the person.
Many of these offences often go unsolved, with local police data for 2013 stating only three out of 60 unlawful entry crimes and 47 out of 86 assault offences have been solved in the last three months.
How can residents protect themselves?
Over-extended police resources mean that many residents and businesses recognise the need for additional protection. Private Gold Coast security firms are an effective way for local residents to protect themselves and their families, and keep their property as safe as possible.
A good private security firm can provide an alarmed monitoring system, which is monitored 24/7 and can trigger an early response from authorities if a home or business is broken into. Having a security system installed is usually an effective deterrent to potential thieves. Security firms can also provide security guards, who can work round the clock to protect business premises.
The Gold Coast is a beautiful place to live. By working with a Gold Coast security company, residents can relax and enjoy the lifestyle and stunning beaches with peace of mind, knowing they are adequately protected.