Living in Townsville is like living in Paradise, but lately there has been a lot of media and community attention on the rise in crime – particularly with 568 offences of ‘unlawful entry’ reported between January 2017-March 2017. There’s plenty of speculation on this topic but did you know there is an online portal where you can see what’s really going on in your area!? The Queensland Police Service set up an Online Crime Statistics Portal in 2013. Click here to check it out or view the daily updates for Townsville here. You can get the details of the offence types, areas the offences are taking place and a record of when they took place. The portal also highlights crime hot spots with Aitkenvale being the ‘hottest spot’ for crime (between December 2016 and March 2017) according to the portal. The portal aims to encourage the community to become familiar with their area and engage in appropriate crime prevention strategies to ensure a safer community.
Read on for a few tips on protecting your home.
• Install security bars on your home – with Aitkenvale being a hot spot and the homes in that area having been standing for some length of time security bars are a great way to deter criminals and protect your home. Steel Fabricators such as Quality Steel Fabrications and Engineering fabricate and install these.
• Install an alarm – Bunnings has affordable DIY options that can help deter offenders. The Queensland Police Service recommend making it as difficult as possible for an offender to gain entry by installing and using key operated locks on all doors and windows, don’t place keys under door mats or in obvious places
• Get to know your neighbours! Exchange telephone numbers and keep an eye on each other’s homes. Observant neighbours can mitigate the chances of offences occurring and are the closest to you in the event of a break in.
Keep safe Townsville! Lock up and watch out for one another. For daily updates on Townsville offences visit Townsville Crime Watch.