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Neighbourhood Watch launches security upgrade rebate to combat property crime

Neighbourhood Watch Australasia < 1 mins read

With property-related offences in Western Australia escalating over the past three years, reaching 67,975 incidents for the 23/24 FYTD, up from 61,672 in the 21-22 period, crime prevention advocate Neighbourhood Watch Australasia has launched a security upgrade rebate program aimed at empowering residents to safeguard their properties.

The Target Hardening Support Offer provides Western Australians in the City of Belmont, City of Armadale and City of Gosnells, a $550 rebate for the installation of security enhancements such as advanced locks, lighting, surveillance cameras, and security screens. Eligibility extends to those impacted by burglary since January 2022, reflecting a targeted approach to reinforce the defences of homes most at risk.

Maria Bennett, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Australasia, said the rebate was an incentive for families to take action.

"Our rebate stands as a crucial resource for residents to proactively enhance their home security. While the $550 may not cover the entirety of one's security needs, it serves as a foundational step towards deterring potential burglars with the installation of new robust door locks, security screens and security cameras for example. Our goal is to help decrease the likelihood of homes being targeted by enhancing the security features."

The program closes on 9 March 2024, so residents are being urged to take advantage and prioritise their home security by visiting www.nhwa.com.au/TargetHardening

"This rebate is more than just financial assistance; it's an investment in the safety and well-being of our communities," Bennett emphasised.

 

*Stats: https://www.police.wa.gov.au/crime/crimestatistics#/


Key Facts:

-       Western Australian police records 278,699 total offences in 2023*

o   67,975 property related offences 23/24 FYTD

o   28,322 property damage incidents in 23

o   13,000 dwelling burglaries 23

 

o   84,133 cases of stealing 23 


Contact details:

To arrange an interview contact Trina McColl on 0413 922 284 

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