OK, we’ll admit it – we know that installing an automatic gate on your property has traditionally been seen as being a bit, well… posh.
But if you’ve been…ahem, on the fence about adding one to your property because of that, we’re here to tell you that installing an automatic gate or intercom system can offer you sanity, not just vanity.
Crime is up
Last month, the latest crime figures for 2011-2012 were released, and as a recent article in the Gold Coast Bulletin proclaims – all crime is up 11%.
Now obviously, while “all crime” is something to be concerned about, installing a gate or intercom system to your property isn’t going to protect against most of that – so we dug a little deeper into the figures and had a look at just property crime (i.e. break-ins, thefts etc).
Here’s what we found:
Data Source: QPS Statistical Reviews 2007-2012
The chart shows that while unlawful entry cases, along with other property damage remain fairly constant (although the last 12 months has seen unlawful entries jump 6%), other types of property theft have jumped significantly – topping 100,000 for the year for the first time.
Path of least resistance
Of course, we’re not suggesting that purely by installing a gate and/or intercom system you’re going to prevent property crime being committed against you – but working on the theory that thieves (like that shady looking character up top!) will most likely follow the path of least resistance when it comes to breaking into a house…
Whatever you can do to make it that little bit more difficult, lessens your chance of being a target.
(Here’s some more tips on increasing your home security from the the Queensland Police’s website.)
Lower insurance premiums
Oh, and when you do have your gate or intercom installed, do make sure you let your insurance company know – we’ve heard of a few cases where premiums were dropped thanks to the install.
If you’re ready to speak to one of our experts about having an automatic gate or intercom system installed, fill out the form on the right, and we’ll be in touch to answer all your questions!